- 250 gram sticky rice (purchase at the Asian market) * see note
- 2 lime leaves (purchase at the Asian market, or use lime juice instead)
- 1 lemongras stalk
- 6 tablespoons coconut cream
- 300 ml water
- 1 chicken breast
- 3 kemiri nuts (purchase at the Asian market)
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/4th teaspoon ground laos
- 1 tablespoon palm sugar or dark caster sugar
- 1 onion
- 1 large clove of garlic
- Salt to liking
Note: its recommended to soak the sticky rice for a few hours, or a whole night in a decent amount of water.
Kitchen equipment needed
- Cutting board
- Chefs knife
- 2 medium-sized pans
- 1 steamer pan (we used a sieve that fits inside a regular pan)
- Medium-sized bowl
- Cling film
- 2 forks
- Medium-sized skillet
- Mortar and pestle
Preparation — 1 hour
START by preparing the sticky rice. SOAK the rice for a few hours in a decent amount of water. DRAIN the rice and rinse with water. POUR a small layer of water in the medium-sized pan and add the rice into the sieve. MAKE a small pit in the middle of the rice and steam for half an hour.
Meanwhile CREATE a tasteful water by combining 300 ml of water with 4 tablespoons of coconut cream, lime leaves and salt to taste. BRUISE the lemongrass to release its flavor and ADD it to the water. Bring the water to a boil, turn off the heat and set aside.
Meanwhile FILL the second pan with water and bring to a boil. COOK the chicken fillet for about 10 minutes, depending on the size. CHOP the kemiri nuts and roast them in a dry skillet until they’re brown. PEEL and chop the onion and garlic cloves and ADD them to the mortar along with the turmeric, ground coriander, laos and roasted kemiri nuts. GRIND until you’ve reached a smooth paste.
REMOVE the lemongrass and lime leaves from the water. TRANSFER the steamed rice to a boil and POUR in the water. COVER with cling film and let the rice absorb the water completely.
Finishing up the lemper ayam — 1 hour
STEAM the rice for another 30 minutes and then TRANSFER it to the bowl again and let it cool off completely.
Meanwhile use 2 forks to create pulled pork. HEAT a bit of oil in the skillet and sauté the paste from the mortar for a few minutes. ADD the pulled chicken and season with salt. Let the filling cool off completely until its ready to roll.
For the rolling part, it’s recommended to wear cloves or make your hands wet. PLACE a piece of cling film on the work surface and DIVIDE a handful of sticky rice on top. PRESS it downwards, until you’ve reached a flat rectangle. PLACE a line of chicken filling in the middle and close the package. You can also use a sushi mat if you like, make sure the lemper is closed and wrapped tightly. Enjoy!