One of the many wonderful dishes that mom makes when we were a kid involves fatty pork and meehun, and whenever she cooked them, we would finish it in record time. The succulent and overly savory pork with those soft vermicelli never disappoint, and I’m glad to say that I finally manage to do it at our own kitchen.
I present to you – fried meehun with canned stew pork, the sin food.
ingredients – meehun, vege, garlic, canned pork, chili padi
The ingredients are plenty simple and should be available from just about anywhere in the world with an Asian/Chinese grocery store.
- canned stew pork
- choi sam (or any leafy vegetable)
- half a clove of garlic
- chili padi if you like it spicy
- mushroom (optional)
- 2 tablespoon cooking oil
- soya sauce to taste
- dark soya sauce (1 teaspoon)
fry the greens first, then the pork
- soak meehun in water for 30 minutes (or until soft)
- heat up the cooking oil and fry garlic until fragrant
- add vegetables (always add the stems first as they take longer to cook) and cook for a couple minutes
- add canned pork and stir for a minute
- add meehun, chili padi, soya sauce, and dark soya sauce
- stir, and close the lid of frying pan for a minute to steam and avoid losing too much moisture
- serve while hot!
add some soya sauce & dark soya sauce, then steam it a bit
The recipe is fairly simple and you really can’t go wrong. A big can of stew pork is probably good enough for four portions of meehun, do use appropriately sized frying pan for this job. We cooked for only 2 of us so the amount of pork we ended up consuming was a bit too insane.
fried mihun with canned stew pork, mom’s recipe
Happy cooking, and feel free to check out other recipes on this space too.
Continuing with another cooking recipe since we’ve been actively cooking more at the new house, here’s how I made my version of clams with superior soup, a pretty traditional style of making clam that is pretty simple and yet tastes mighty good so long as the clams are juicy and fresh.
You can use lala or clams for this, do make sure they’re fresh and alive. Soak the clams in salt water for at least an hour or so to let it “spit out” any mud/sand, then rinse them thoroughly before cooking.
fresh clams, and the ingredients for superior soup
- 1kg clams
- 3-4 pieces of tongkuai
- few small pieces of dried scallops
- 2 teaspoon wolf berries
- 1/2 bulb of garlic
- 5-6 slices of ginger
- 5-6 chili padi
- 2-3 cups water or soup stock
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
soup cooked separately, then fry the garlic, ginger & chili first
- boil water with tongkwai, wolfberry, and dried scallops, use soup stock if available
- heat up cooking oil and fry garlic, ginger, and chili padi till fragrant
- add clams and fry for a minute
- add above prepared “soup”, and boil till all clams are opened
- add some salt for seasoning
While the above pictures look pretty nice, the dish was a bit of a failure due to the clams we bought being not particularly fresh, I cannot stress enough that you really need good quality clam for this dish.
To be honest Fu Yu Yau Mak, or Romaine Lettuce with fermented bean curd, was not a dish I’m familiar with growing up in Penang. Mom never really cooked this in our dinners, and it was only when I moved to Klang Valley for college did I have my first taste of this combination, and I love it ever since.
As it turns out, this is also one of the simplest dishes to prepare, here’s how:
the ingredients – garlic, romaine lettuce, fermented bean curd
- Romaine lettuce for two pax
- 3-4 cloves of garlic
- 2 cubes of fermented bean curd (smashed em)
- 2-3 spoons of cooking oil
- 5-6 chili padi (chopped)
fry the garlic first, then everything next
- heat up cooking oil in medium heat and fry garlic till fragrant
- add in lettuce, chili padi & fermented bean curd
- fry until vegetable is soft, add 1/4 cup of water or soup stock if you prefer it a little wet
We’ve moved into the new house with a bigger kitchen, so expect a bit more simple recipes coming this way. Happy cooking!
Last week semperna ulang tahun kelahiran Haze Long, we went to Templer Park Forest Retreat for a bit of a getaway (blog post some other time). A place that’s a bit out of the city and more in tune with nature, which also translate to making our own food.
Fortunately, there’s a pretty well equipped kitchen for our usage, and the Selayang market nearby. So on the morning of the 2nd day, we went to the market and picked up a chunky barramundi fish (siakap) for a bit of DIY ikan bakar.
I want to share with you the recipe of this dish, as it is a very simple dish to prepare at home. It’s pretty delicious and the use of banana leaf in this preparation method ensure that the skin is edible and never charred.
home cooked ikan bakar with siakap fish
- 600-800 gram barramundi fish (or stingray, or any other fish of similar size)
- turmeric powder (kunyit)
- 2 pieces banana leaves big enough to cover the fish
- a couple table spoon of cooking oil or butter
ikan bakar with kunyit (turmeric) – sedap!
- clean and dry the fish
- cover generous amount of turmeric powder and two teaspoon of salt on the fish, set aside for at least a few minutes
- heat up a flat surface frying pan, then pan fry the fish on top of banana leaf for 10 mins with oil
- fry the other side of fish with a fresh banana leaf for another 8 minutes
- serve with a couple slices of lime (bonus: with sambal)
What is the very first meal you ever cooked all by yourself?
For me, as I’m sure with many others, it will undoubtedly be Maggi instant noodle. Bring a bowl of water to boil, add Maggi, add the flavoring pastes, and maybe an egg for good measure, and two minutes later, viola! You have a meal.
In fact, my very first bowl of self-cooked Maggi was when I was still in primary school and probably 8-9 year old (without my mom’s knowledge, of course).
my university days in US
After high school and a couple years in college locally, I went off to continue my studies in the States.
My very first university was at Bemidji, this frigid winter wonderland that had temperature as low as -40 Celsius and was so far away from the city that Maggi became our number one product among Malaysians and many other Asians alike.
To get a box of Maggi, we had to drive about 7 hours to Minneapolis, oh it was so precious. If you want any favors from your classmates, perhaps to take a look at their assignment for “reference”, you cook a pack of Maggi for them. Good times!
my favorite dishes at mamak – Maggi goreng
After a few years in the States where I continued to have Maggi in my kitchen cupboard pretty much at all time, I came back to KL.
This was a time when the whole generation of new workforce and college kids found themselves renting rooms in Klang Valley without a proper kitchen. So how do you solve that Maggi cravings?
The local mamak restaurants picked that needs right up and we now have Maggi goreng, Maggi soup and the likes offered at those eateries. I believe Malaysia is probably the only country you find instant noodle being served in restaurants, we love it, and we’re proud of it.
Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry
Throughout the years, Maggi continue to refine their product and introduced to the market different varieties, flavors, and packaging (cup noodle for example), with the latest being Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry and Maggi Royale Korean Spicy Braised Beef.
Maggi Royale is Maggi noodles premium range, made with higher quality ingredients and springy noodle made from real wheat.
spice things up with a small prawn 😀
I tried their Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry that comes with real toasted belacan and seafood broth made from fresh prawns (added my own prawn for good measure too). Cooking instruction is something that we don’t really need to explain, and I find that using correct amount of water is key to making the broth thick and flavorful.
here’s my Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry, with prawn!
The end result is a bowl of noodle that isn’t foreign to my taste buds, but also one that is markedly superior. It was a good start of the day to have this as breakfast. I like the broth that seemed to have a bit more character compared to their single sachet instant noodle (this one comes with 3).
Maggi Royale Korean Spicy Braised Beef flavor
Maggi Royale Korean Spicy Braised Beef is another product I have in my kitchen that I would be trying real soon. Made with thick, springy wheat noodle with meaty spicy broth and comes with real carrots, spring onions & chili garnish too. Soon!
For more information, check out Maggi Royale on the web.
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