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Ayam Goreng Kiam Boi - Fried Chicken with Fruit Seasoning

There are a couple of Chinese restaurants near my parents home serving ayam goreng kiam boi. I find them delicious and it seems to be pretty popular with their customers as well. Since it is highly unlikely for the restaurants owners to divulge their secret recipe to me, I have to experiment and come up with my own ayam goreng kiam boi recipe, hehe. As for the result, here is our conversation while gobbling this down.

Piti: The skin is very delicious, can you do just the skin next time? Me: Um… no. Piti: Someone needs to just sell the chicken skin, like a sheet of nori, that would be a big hit! Me: Great idea! Piti: It is probably impossible. But anyway, the chicken is really tasty, especially the skin.

I guess I can safely conclude that the recipe is a success. ♥

Ayam Goreng Kiam Boi - Fried Chicken with Fruit Seasoning
Ayam Goreng Kiam Boi - Fried Chicken with Fruit Seasoning

Ayam Goreng Kiam Boi - Fried Chicken with Fruit Seasoning

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 4 hours

Cook Time: 16 mins

Total Time: 4 hours 16 mins

Serves: 4

Print Recipe


  • 1 chicken (about 800 gram), cut into 8 pieces
  • 40 gram fried chicken powder
  • 1 tablespoon fruit seasoning (Indonesian: garam buah)
  • 80 ml water
  • oil for deep frying


  1. Combine fried chicken powder, fruit salt seasoning, and water in a mixing bowl. Add chicken pieces to the batter to fully coat and let marinate for 4 hours in the fridge.
  2. Heat enough oil in a wok for deep frying. Fry chicken pieces until golden brown and crispy and fully cooked, about 8 minutes per batch.
  3. Drain chicken on paper towel and serve immediately.
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  • Anna Anna says:

    I admire your site, you did an excellent job. I'm interested in making this recipe, but I don't know if I can find fruit seasoning in the US. Keep the good job.

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Anna, you can try this one from Amazon. A decent stocked Asian grocer usually carries this as well.

  • Lynn LeRoy Lynn LeRoy says:

    Can you please put a picture of the packages for the fried chicken powder and the fruit seasoning (Indonesian: garam buah) so I know what to ask for at the local market? I’ve looked on Amazon at the link you provided but nothing is coming up in Winnipeg Manitoba. 😕

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Lynn, for the fried chicken powder, you can use any of your favorite fried chicken powder/batter. The key lies in the fruit seasoning. I know it can be difficult to hunt down Indonesian fruit seasoning (garam buah), but a very very good alternative is to use Asian dried plums (Li Hing Mui). You can get them from Amazon, and you can choose either the red dried plums or the white ones. The red is slightly saltier compared to the white one, but both are really really good. You just need to chop them up really small, or better yet, pulse in food processor, to get the equivalent 1 tablespoon.

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