The recipe for this Indonesian dish is easy to prepare and will leave you craving more of it.

It’s a delicacy for many Indonesians, especially when you add some sweet and savory flavours. 

The basic ingredients to make a ipoh:For the rice: 1.5kg or 3.3 lbs of rice, soaked overnight (for the best results, soak overnight in a large pot of boiling water)2.5-3kg of chopped carrots, cut into thin slices3.5cm-4cm thick piece of sweet chilli pepper, finely diced (see photo)4-6kg of diced tomatoes (fresh or dried)1 cup of coconut milk1.5 cups of water3-4 tbsp of soy sauce (or other sauce of your choice)4 tsp of saltFor the sauce:2 tbsp of sesame oil (or any other oil)2 tsp of ginger paste (optional)1 tbsp of black pepper1 tbsp chopped red chilli1 tsp chopped garlicFor the chicken:1 large piece of chicken, cut in thin slices2 medium tomatoes, cut down into thin strips3-5 red chillies, thinly sliced1 tbsp ginger paste1 tbsp salt1 tbsp sesame seedsFor the salad:2-3 cucumber slices, washed, cut lengthwise into thin rounds4-5 green onions, thinly cut into strips3 cups of vegetable stock (or coconut water or chicken stock)1 tsp of sherryFor the condiment:2 tsp ground coriander or cumin, to taste1 tsp ground cumin seeds, to serve1.

Add all the ingredients in a bowl.2.

Heat the oil in a pan, add the diced carrots, and fry for 3-5 minutes until golden brown, then add the chilli and sweet chillis and cook for a further 5 minutes until the vegetables have softened. 


Remove the chicken and chop into pieces. 


Add the rice, carrots, chilli, and sweet chili to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 more minutes.5.

Add salt, sugar and sesame to the rice mixture.6.

Heat again the oil, add in the chopped chilli peppers and cook until they are soft, about 3 minutes, then stir the mix gently.7.

Add chopped corianders and cumin. 


Add in the chicken, tomato, and the sesame water and bring to the boil. 


Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes. 


Serve with rice and pickles, or as an appetizer, with a side of sweet chicken curry or coconut chicken curry. 

This recipe is available in our new book, IPOH (Indonesian คิรียันิ่น, ภาร่ เจย่เ้า่, แค้่)  by  Malak G. Malik G,  Southeast Asia , Cooking for Dummies, 2016,