Monday, May 24, 2010

Golden Pillow Bread (Kampar Curry Chicken)

It was my brother-in-law's birthday last weekend. The whole gang (sisters and family) went over to celebrate and as usual when we get together, there will be lots of munching and chewing. My sis baked a delicious cheese cake for her 'birthday boy' hubby. She made a tray of yam cake, fried beehoon and a beautiful rose jelly. I baked two golden pillow bread stuffed with curry chicken. This bread is popular in Kampar, Perak. I remember eating this bread, goodness, more than a decade ago! The bread turned out really soft. This recipe is from one of Alex Goh's books, and is one of 'my list of recipes to try out' (one down and many more to go!) I did not follow his recipe for the curry chicken but cook my own version instead. Any chicken curry will do, as long as it's your favourite! This recipe may require a few extra steps. You need to prepare the gelatinized dough a day earlier. Preparing the curry chicken may take about two hours to complete. But I think that it is worth the effort. I'm giving the curry chicken recipe as per Alex Goh's, you can use your own favourite curry recipe if you want to.

Place a piece of alunimium foil in a bowl or container, handle carefully to avoid any holes in the foil. Make sure the foil is large enough to wrap as a parcel. Next, place a large piece of greaseproof paper over the foil. Scoop some curry chicken onto the greaseproof paper and wrap it up into a parcel.

Wrap the aluminium foil around the greaseproof parcel to make the outer parcel.

Roll out dough and place the wrapped curry onto the centre of the rolled dough. Bring both sides over the aluminium parcel, followed by the other two sides, enclosing the aluminium parcel.

Press the edges together to seal. Place on a baking tray lined with aluminium foil or a greased greaseproof paper and leave to proof for about one hour, covered loosely with cling wrap.

Bake at 175C for about 25-30 minutes.

When done, let bread rest 5 minutes. Cut the top of the bread open with a sharp knife.

Be careful when open the curry parcel, it will be hot !

Soft fluffy bread !

This is my handsome nephew, patiently waiting for the curry chicken bread while his auntie (ahem... that's me!) busy clicking away with her camera! Bon appetit!

Basic Sweet Bread Dough
(adapted from "Magic Bread" by Alex Goh)
Ingredients A :

100gm bread flour
70gm boiling water

Ingredients B:
300gm bread flour
100gm plain flour
80gm sugar
6gm salt
20gm milk powder
9gm instant yeast

Ingredients C :
175gm cold water
60gm cold eggs

Ingredient D :
60gm butter

Method :
  1. Add the boiling water from A into flour, mix until well blended to form dough. Cover and set aside to cool. Keep it into refrigerator for at least 12 hours.
  2. Mix B until blended. Add in C and knead to form rough dough. Add in A and knead until well blended.
  3. Add in D and knead to form elastic dough.
  4. Let it proof for 40 minutes.
  5. Divide the dough into required weight and mould it round. Let it rest for 10 minutes and ready to use.
(my notes : to make two loaves of golden pillow bread, I did a 1-1/4 recipe. I put everything in the breadmaker!)

Ingredients for Curry Chicken :
50gm oil
50gm curry spices
8 shallots
500gm chicken
1 stick lemongrass
2 sprigs curry leaves
3 potatoes
6cm cinnamon stick
1 pc clove
250gm coconut milk
1-1/2 tsp salt
250gm water

Method :
  1. Heat up oil in pot, add in curry spices and shallots, stir-fry until fragrant.4
  2. Add in chicken, lemongrass and curry leaves, cook until fragrant.
  3. Add in water, potatoes, cinnamon stick, salt and clove, stir well and continue to cook for 20 minutes. Add in coconut milk and bring to boil.
  4. Remove and set aside to cool. Take 500gm of the curry chicken and wrap it with aluminium foil or greaseproof paper.
  5. Roll out the sweet bread dough. Place the wrapped chicken filling in the centre of the dough and wrap it up.
  6. Let it proof for 45 minutes.
  7. Bake at 175C for 25-30 minutes.
(my notes : I did not use the above curry recipe. My own version does not use any coconut milk and require a few extra steps and ingredients. I cooked two chickens for the curry! Everyone loves curry! We ate the remainder with fried beehoon.)


  1. wow A very creative curry dish! Bravo!

  2. anak sulong MelakaTuesday, May 25, 2010

    very adventurous in trying out new recipes-looks delicious too-good job!!keep it coming!!!!!

  3. Angie, Thank you. Everyone loves curry especially with bread.

    anak sulong Melaka, Thank you for visiting!

  4. Next time make some more!! I must try but always no luck with bread!

  5. Hello,

    i tried this recipe, it is great. The bread is soft. The dough also easy to manage wrap the curry chicken. however, when i want to heat it back by using microwave, then the bread become hard.... do you know any other ways to reheat the curry chicken bread and the bread still remain soft ? thanks


  6. Hi Jess,
    Thank you for stopping by. Glad the bread turned out great for you. I would usually heat up my bread by steaming over hot boiling water for about 2-3 minutes. Please ensure that the boiling water below does not touch the bread when it boils. This way the bread will be soft. Remove immediately or the bottom of the bread will be soggy. Another method is when microwave, cover the bread with kitchen paper towel, sprinkle some water so that the towel is damp. Reheat for about 10 seconds, check and reheat again if necessary. But I prefer to steam them.
    Let me know if this help. Do you a blog that I can visit? Thank you again. Have a nice day!

  7. Thank you sooooo much for your sharing!!! really appreciate it. I will try to make it again. Sorry i dont have any blog... huhuhu... Thanks again.


  8. Hi Jess,
    You're welcome! Please do visit again! Have a lovely day.

  9. Hi hi, may i know where can i buy the paper that wrap the chicken curry. thank you.


  10. Hi Ann,
    Thank you for stopping by!
    You can buy the greaseproof paper from any bakery ingredient supplies shop or from any major supermarket like Tesco, Giant, etc...
    The paper are sold under the brands like Diamond, or Glad. Hope this is of help! Have a lovely day.

  11. Hi
    My family loves curry especially wihout coconut milk. Its hard to find good recipe, will you please share with me. I am so glad to find your blog. Thanks :) Meg

  12. Hi Meg,
    Thank you for stopping by! OK will do just that, it has been a while since I last cooked some chicken curry. Will do that and post it as soon as possible! Have a nice day!

  13. I'm from Kampar and you made it just like the real thing!

  14. That looks good! Is there any difference whether u put hot, cold or warm curry in the bread before baking?

    1. Hi Fern,
      It would be advisable to use warm curry, not cold, since the bread is only going to be baked about 25-30 minutes.
      Hope you give this a try, it is good!
      Thank you for stopping by!

  15. Hi , I ate this bread begore and always wanting to bale glad found the recipe. What does it mean proof for 40 mins


  16. Hihi, u put all the ingredients into the breadmaker? Is it just dump everything inside? here wrote 300g bread flour and then 100g bread flour.... so just put total 400g? There are so many parts for the bread ingredients. .. how to put into the bread maker? Heheeh