Eastcoastlife’s Hainanese Chicken Curry

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The Hainanese Chicken Curry is a famous Singaporean dish. I am so confident of my Hainanese Chicken Curry when I volunteered to cook it for a potluck party. What’s incredible was, the participants were 30 council members of a Hainanese clan.

Of all the different types of chicken curry dishes out there, I chose to cook Hainanese chicken curry. A Teochew lady cooking the famous Hainanese chicken curry and serving to Hainanese foodies. Was I too confident? Went through a week of stress to finally present my dish on a Sunday.

hainanese chicken curry

Most Hainanese families have their own secret curry recipe. This is my late father-in-law’s chicken curry dish.

Here’s my basic recipe (for 10 people) :

Hainanese Chicken Curry


Ingredients :

2 fresh chicken (1.5 kg each) – chop into big chunks

1 litre thick coconut milk

400g water

8 tbsp cooking oil

salt and sugar to taste

1 kg baby potatoes (boiled until half cook, peel)

Curry paste :

8 dried chillies (soaked for 20 minutes)

10 buah keras (candlenuts, soaked for 20 minutes)

8 cm fresh turmeric

6 cm galangal

2 cm old ginger

10 cloves garlic

10 shallots

4 lemon grass

2 tbsp belachan (shrimp paste)

2 tbsp curry powder (optional)

Method :
1. Blend all the spices for the curry paste until fine. Or you can use a mortar and pestle to pound them to a paste.

2. Fry the curry paste in the oil until fragrant, then add in the chopped chicken. Coat the chicken evenly with the curry paste and then add the coconut milk and water. I substituted half the water with 200ml evaporated milk for a creamy texture.

3. Add in the baby potatoes. When the potatoes are fully cooked, the starch from them will thicken the curry. Turn off the fire and serve with fried bee hoon or French loaf.


Hainanese Chicken Curry: Truly Authentic

Eastcoastlife’s Hainanese Chicken Curry! Woohooo…. pass the Hainanese seniors’ taste test. They said “Very good! very good!” *dance for joy*

Note: I adjusted the spices because the majority of my tasters are senior citizens. I tasted the raw curry paste and made changes to a number of spices. The dish was not too spicy although I added more turmeric and old ginger. That was made with considerations o the senior citizens’ well-being.

Lately, I have been studying the use of spices and herbs in Chinese cooking to make healthy dishes. As most elderly people have body aches, pains and inflammation, I try to use spices that can warm the body and promote blood circulation.

Using good quality ingredients and blended to a smooth, fine paste, my Hainanese chicken curry gravy can be drunk on its own.


潮州妹的海南咖喱鸡。。。 通过海南长辈们的口味测试。 我煮的斋米粉和海南咖喱鸡 ~~~ 扫到光光!! 好开心!

大多数海南家庭都有自己的咖喱食谱。这是我已故家翁多年煮咖哩的配方, 生前传给我的海南咖喱鸡。

我的家传海南咖喱鸡 💪 💪 💪
⚠️ : 🌶🌶🌶


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