Thursday, October 28, 2010

True bargain!


Muahaahaha..... I was at Ampang Park for lunch, and they had this book sale.. Assorted books including hardcover, large print paperbacks and of course the standard paperback are all selling for RM10!

Muahahahaha.... All four books for only RM40! This is what i call true bargain!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ikan Belah Belakang


This is an updated post.

I have made some changes here and there, and this is the latest one that I used and quite like

The measurements are good for about 5 pieces of cencaru fish.

Cili merah x 6
cili boh - 1 tablespoon
Bawang kecil x 5
bawang putih x 3
Belacan - 1.5 inch (using the belacan in rectangle shape abt 10 cm slice)
lemongrass x 2
tumeric powder - 1 tablespoon
garam 2 sudu garam
air asam - 5 tablespoon
halia - 0.5 inch
gula - just a bit (i put about less than half of the scoop)

No added water just blend all above except cili boh. I added it after and mix well

For some reason, I am in cooking mood lately.

So Today I tried to make Ikan Belah Belakang, all by myself. After observing mama making it the other day, i am more confident to try it.

Here is what I prepared for the stuffing (Recipe below sufficient for 2 medium sized Cencaru.

1. 3 pcs of red chillies
2. 4 pcs of dried chillies
3. 2 pcs onions
4. 1/2 in belacan
5. 1 pc lemongrass (sliced thinly)
6. 1 teaspoon tumeric powder
7. salt to taste (i put in 3/4 pinkspoon)
8. Air asam about 2 tablespoons

Blend the above (WITHOUT WATER), or better still, pound them. I was lazy so I just throw it all in the blender. U should expect it to be a bit course, as there is (very)little liquid. But that is what we are trying to achieve, too much water will make frying more difficult.

Once blended, stuff in the fish.

Fry with low fire to start with, just to ensure that the fish is cooked inside out(The cencaru fish has thick skin). Once you think it is cooked inside, turn up the fire. I personally prefer it garing-garing and burnt a bit.

No pix taken, cos I wasnt sure if the recipe works or not.

Rizal's rate: 8 out of 10. His comments maybe need to add in a bit more bawang tumbuk kasar2.

My observation: taste ok, the lemongrass gave it a crunchiness and nice flavor, mixed with the belacan. Next time i think i would cut the lemongrass even more thinner, and I think I should fry it with more oil. Apart from that I think I almost perfected it.


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Asam Pedas Tenggiri


Today I attempted Asam Pedas again.

And this time around it is much much better. At least it looked like Asam pedas, and tastes like one. I am getting there , but frankly there is still something missing, macam tak cukup kick. But me dunno what.

Anyhoot, here goes the ingredients:

420gm ikan tenggiri (equivalent to 2 pc big + 2 pc small + 1 tail)
1/2 cup asam jawa juice
5 tangkai daun kesum
4 table spoon Oil (I'd add in a bit more cos it was a bit dry)
3 cups water
1 teaspoon sugar


15 tangkai cili kering
1 labu bawang besar
3 ulas bawang merah
3 ulas bawang putih
1/2 in tumeric (or 1 teaspoon tumeric powder)
1/2 in halia
1/2 in belacan

Cooking method:
1. Heat up the oil (I put 3 tablespoons - but i think need a bit more. next time will try 5tablespoon)

2. Put in Blended stuff, until it is sufficiently cooked (usually till the oil surfaces )

3. Add in water, then the Asam juice

4. Once it is boil over, add in the fish, lady fingers, daun kesum, sugar and of course the salt

I have observed that Asam pedas is one of those dish that tastes better when cooked/kept longer. So if you have time, add in water and let it to simmer.

Bon appetite!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sad, sad, sad...


Rizal and I were in BTS last night to catch RED. To kill the time, we thought of visiting border's new location, since i have read all of my books at home. ..
For those who didnt know, borders on 1st floor has closed its doors last september and re-opening on the Gr floor instead. We were quite excited to see the 'new' borders, hoping it would be bigger and better.
The first thing that came to mind when we were toilering the Gr floor was that the new location is harder to access. But, really, nothing compared to the shock we had when we finally spotted the new borders.
You know why?? It was sooo small!! In fact it is now called Borders Express. Still wouldnt believe my eyes i had asked their staff, to make sure that we got it right. Mana la tahu kan kotkot this is just the express outlet and they actually hv other outlet at different location. But nah ah ah. That was it.
I was so dismayed. So disappointed. I have always prefered going to borders instead of kino or mph but now i guess i just gotta find some other place to find my monthly doze of books. :(

Tsk tsk tsk...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ampang yong tau foo


Location : ampang (same row as coffee bean, facing ampang putri hospital)
i'll let the photos to do the talking ay.