Ayam Masak Merah (Malay-Style Red-Cooked Chicken with Pandan)

Ayam Masak Merah (Malay-Style Red-Cooked Chicken with Pandan)
Ayam Masak Merah (Malay-Style Red-Cooked Chicken with Pandan)James Oseland

Fragrant leaves of pandan, a perennial grass with an intoxicating vanilla-like aroma, bring a floral dimension to this Malay dish of chicken simmered in a thick chile-spiked tomato gravy. Seasoned with coriander, cinnamon, lemongrass, and ginger and sweetened with honey, it first appeared in our June/July 2014 issue with Christopher Tan's story "Blades of Glory."