Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Marmite Chicken

Who grew up eating Marmite? Who is still eating Marmite even though you are all grown up? Raise your hands! Me!! :)

I remember when I was young, there was almost like a competition between Marmite and Bovril in my house. I only ate Marmite and my brother was the Bovril fan and my parents would only buy either one at any one point of time.

I kept faithful to my Marmite all these years and recently I found out that my brother has converted to be more of a Marmite fan than me. He denies that he was ever liked Bovril when he was young but I know better :)

For those who has not been introduced to Marmite, it is essentially a food spread made from yeast extract, apparently a by-product of beer brewing according to wikipedia. It is a sticky, dark brown paste with a distinctive, powerful flavour, which is extremely salty and savoury comparable to soy sauce. Yums! You either love it or hate it!!

I like Marmite as it is a vegetable extract vs Bovril has beef extracts thus I never caught on to Bovril. Marmite is usually eaten as a savoury spread on bread, toast, crackers and biscuits. But I only eat Bovril 3 ways 1)On rice or porridge, 2)Dilute in water as soup and 3)Just lick it off the spoon.

Alrite, I am a big girl now so I need to find more ways to use my favourite "little girl's" spread. Hence, my recipe for the day - Marmite Chicken.

Simple Ingredients
1. 3/4 pound of chicken breast or thigh - cut in big cube sizes

Marinade -
1 TBSP Oyster sauce
1 tsp light soy sauce
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 egg
3 TBSP cornflour

Sauce -
2 TBSP of Marmite
1 TBSP honey
1 TBSP light soy sauce
100ml water
1 TBSP maltose (optional - you can add this for richer dark colour)

Oil for deep frying

Simple Steps :

1. Marinade the chicken for minimum 1 hour.

2. Heat oil for deep frying. Put in chicken one by one and make sure they don't stick to each other. Once deep brown, remove and drain oil.

3. Heat saucepan. Add all the sauce ingredients into pan. Make sure it is mixed well. In medium heat, let the sauce thicken. Add in the fried chicken and coat well for 1 minute. Add in some chopped scallion if desired. Dish out and serve.

Simple right? I hope you like the recipe. Marmite really adds a tangy, salty, sweet and savoury taste to the chicken. Every bite is juicy and yummy. Enjoy!


ICook4Fun said...

I still have a jar or two in my fridge till today. I too grew up eating that and I like it in my porridge and just mix it with hot water. I used to bring it from Malaysia but now I am able to get it from one of our supermarket here.

Marisa said...

I've never had Marmite (or Bovril) and was never really sure what it was made out of. It sounds very...interesting. lol I would have to taste it. This chicken sounds like a good place to start! Love the crispy chicken!

Biren said...

This must be really tasty but I am all out of marmite my girlfriend in UK sent me :(

May Ling Wu said...

Never tried the stuff but heard a lot about it (nothing to good lol) but this looks great!

Lena @ Miss Lucky Piggy said...

I never tasted Marmite before but tried Vegemite when I came here. I like the new Vegemite which taste very cheesy. Interesting recipe, I imagine it would be very tasty :)

Belinda @zomppa said...

I've heard of it, but never tried it. How unique to make it with chicken!

mysimplefood said...

ICook4Fun - I always keep one in the fridge too for those "emergency need a hot soup times".

Marisa - As I know it is made from vege extracts and it's really salty. It is typically used when young for babies food too add taste to their porridge etc.

Biren - It taste pretty good, the honey and maltose will take some saltiness out of marmite and make it really savoury.

May Ling Wu - Yeah I understand. It's either you love it or hate it. Infact that is Marmite's advertising tagline. :)

Lena - I think Marmite and Vegemite is almost the same. Just different manufacturer.

Belinda - It is a dish now commonly served in resturants in Malaysia and Singapore, a spin to marmite.

Anonymous said...

How can I forget Marmite! I love to stir it in congee as breakfast :) I haven't eaten this marmite chicken for a long time. Thanks for reminding me such a great dish :)

noobcook said...

me!!! I am a marmite fan! my family only buy marmite when I was young and now, I always have a bottle in my fridge. I think the bovril sold today does not contain beef anymore. Your marmite chicken dish looks so yummy, I bookmarked it :)

mysimplefood said...

Ellie - I do exactly the same. Stir into congee :)

Noobcook - Thanks dear. I heard Bovril does not contain beef anymore but I wasn't sure. Also I think it is so ingrained in me, I will always have the impression that Bovril contains beef. I think I tasted it when young and I will always remember the strong beef taste, I didn't like it.

Prairie Story said...

I honestly don't think I've ever had Marmite. I'll keep my eye open for it at the grocery store!

mycookinghut said...

Very interesting dish!!

pigpigscorner said...

Loooove marmite! I just had some miso udon with marmite..yum. Bookmarked!

mysimplefood said...

Prairie Story - Maybe it is not so popular in the USA. I am not sure if I see it in grocery stores, let me check on my next trip to Walmart.

Cookinghut - Thanks :)

Pigspingscorner - Miso soup with marmite!! Nice!!

Juliana said...

I never heard of marmite...but the chicken sure looks good with it...

tigerfish said...

Me too! And I enjoy adding it into plain porridge :)

Little Inbox said...

I'm not grew up with Marmite, but Marmite Chicken is my favorite dish to order when dine out.

Carolyn Jung said...

When I visited Australia for the first time this year, I got my first taste of Vegemite. I'm told that Marmite is similar? Anyway, it totally reminded me of a fermented Asian sauce. So I can see how this would work really well with chicken.

Cooking Gallery said...

I don't like to eat marmite itself, but to use it as condiment... I think it might do for me...;).

mysimplefood said...

Juliana - Thanks. It's salty, savoury like it is nicely caramelized.

Tigerfish - I guess if we grew up with it that's how our parents made us eat our porridge.

Little Inbox - Yeah, I think now nearly every restaurant will have this on their menu.

Carolyn Jung - Vegemite is similar to Marmite. I guess you can call it fermented Asian sauce though this product came from Britian UK. :)

Cooking Gallery - I can understand that. It is like I don't eat fermented tofu (by itself) but totally ok if it is inside a dish.

Rick said...

I'm drooling over that.

Chef Dennis said...

the maramite looks like it did wonderful things to that chicken! I have heard of maramite and our local Wegmans sell it but I have never tasted sounds like a bit of an acquired taste! But on the chicken I think I would like it!

edith said...

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Spoon and Chopsticks said...

I haven't tried Marmite. It's probably similar to Vegemite but I've never liked it. I'm not sure how the chicken tasted but it's indeed an interesting recipe. I've never imagined chicken to be prepared this way. Interesting post.

citronetvanille said...

Oh I didn't know what marmite French a marmite is a huge pot! Thanks for the info and your chicken looks incredibly delicious!

Angie's Recipes said...

It must be century ago that I ate marmite...:-) The chicken looks delish.

snozee said...

next recipe...hamyue steam with chee yoke!

petite nyonya said...

This looks deliciously good! Marmite brings back fond child memories.

mysimplefood said...

Rick - Hi!! Thanks!

Chef Dennis - It is probably a bit of an acquired taste infact the tagline for Marmite -Love it or Hate it :) But definitely on chicken, it is a sweet salty savoury combination and it taste great.

Edith - Thanks for the info.

mysimplefood said...

Spoon & Chopsticks - Haha, you belong to the "Hate" Marmite Group :) But trust me it taste different when you cook it this way.

citronetvanille - A huge pot. Learn a new French word. Thanks :)

Angie - Looks like many of us ate this when we were young :)

Snozee - Hehehe....I will keep this next recipe in mind. Gotta buy hamyue first :)

Petite Nyonya - Thanks. Definitely a childhood food for many of us.

Nate @ House of Annie said...

Growing up in Hawaii, I never knew about Marmite. Now it seems as though every coffee shop here in Malaysia has some kind of Marmite dish. The best one I had was some Marmite fried chicken wings at Hock Loy restaurant in Goh Tong, about halfway down the hill from Genting.

mysimplefood said...

Hi Nate - Yeah, I think they have put a spin to Marmite with different Marmite inspired dishes. Try Marmite Crab - it's good too.

Jasmine said...

Thank you for the recipe. The marmite chicken looks really delicious!

mysimplefood said...

Jasmine : Thanks for dropping by.

Anonymous said...

hello, may I know where can I get marmite in Malaysia? I'm a malaysian, of course but I need to get it for a class practical and I never heard of it or even seen it in any hypermarket in Malaysia.

Thanks in advance!

mysimplefood said...

Hi Livb - You can get Marmite in any supermarket/hypermarket even small groceries shops in Malaysia. It is usually placed beside Bovril. If not, you can also visit any Chinese Medical Shops.

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