This deep fried shrimp paste chicken or deep fried belacan chicken uses shrimp paste and the taste is wonderful. These days, shrimp paste can be found at most Asian grocery stores.
1 kg chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
½ cup plain flour
½ cup cornstarch
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp shrimp paste granules
½-¾ tsp pepper
¼ tsp salt
1 tbsp rice flour
Combine marinade in a mixing bowl. Put in the chicken pieces and stir to mix. Transfer marinated chicken into an airtight container and set aside for several hours or preferably overnight in the refrigerator.
Mix plain flour and cornstarch in a deep bowl. Dip chicken into the flour mixture in batches. Shake off any excess flour.
Deep-fry chicken in hot oil until cooked through and golden brown. Drain the chicken pieces on absorbent kitchen paper.