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Be Siap Mesitsit: Balinese Shredded Chicken

Be Siap Mesitsit: Balinese Shredded Chicken

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Poultry
  • Method: Stir-fry
  • Cuisine: Balinese
  • Diet: Halal


A Balinese favourite, be siap mesitsit or ayam sitsit is a delicious shredded chicken dish, stir-fried with aromatic spices. It is served at almost every Balinese restaurant, and is an iconic dish in Balinese cuisine.


  • 500 gr skinless chicken breast
  • 7 shallots, peeled, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled, chopped
  • 5 curly red chillies, chopped (or big red chillies)
  • 5 red bird’s eye chillies
  • 3 cm lesser galangal, chopped
  • 1 tsp roasted shrimp paste
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves, each shredded into two
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, use only the white parts, bruised
  • Salt to taste
  • 0.5 cup water
  • 4 tbsp coconut or vegetable oil
  • 1 kaffir lime juice


  1. Using a steamer, steam the chicken for about 25 minutes. When done, let it cool and shred the chicken. Set aside.
  2. Using a food processor or a blender, blend the shallots, garlic, chillies, lesser galangal and shrimp paste into a paste.
  3. Using a wok, heat the oil over medium high heat.
  4. Add the spice paste, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves, saute until fragrant, around 5 minutes.
  5. Add salt.
  6. Add the shredded chicken, stir to mix with the spices.
  7. Add water.
  8. Lower the heat to medium flame and continue cooking until the liquids have evaporated, about 15 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle the lime juice and toss the spiced shredded chicken.
  10. Transfer the dish to a serving plate.


  • The blended spices can be substituted with 2 tbsp base genep. Saute the base genep and add the herbs accordingly.
  • You can substitute the curly red chillies with big red chillies.

Keywords: Spicy