Well well well, here we are in another Covid 19 additional lock down measures, which for many of us, means more working from home, and best of all, cooking from home. So, allow me to share this simple recipe of stir fry long bean with dried shrimp and cilipadi, a dish that has a bit of kick, and perhaps satisfy some of the necessary nutrient requirements for your body.
- a bunch of long bean, cut to 2 inches chunks
- 6-12 cilipadi, chopped
- 2-3 tablespoon of dried shrimp, chopped finely, or mashed if you have pastel n mortar
- 3-4 bulb garlic, choppeed
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce, or alternatively, a pinch of salt
- 1-2 tablespoon cooking oil
- heat up cooking oil, start frying cilipadi, dried shrimp, and garlic till fragrant
- add long bean, fry until appropriate doneness (2-3 minutes at most)
- shake some fish sauce in the last 30 seconds or so
- serve while hot!
You can always use a less potent type of chili, or skip it altogether if you can’t handle hotness, which.. is a shame, really.
To be frank, I never did grow up with pork belly with salted fish dish, I supposed it was a dish that wasn’t particularly popular up north in Penang where I grew up, that or my family was not privy to the greatness of this combination during that time.
My first time having this was at Lucky Loke restaurant over a decade ago and been a fan ever since.
pork belly with salted fish
A few days ago, I finally recreated this dish in the kitchen, and it turned out to be pretty simple and rather delicious as well!
Here goes the recipe –
- Pork belly 300 gram, remove skin, marinate with equal portion (2 tablespoon) of cooking caramel, rice wine, and oyster sauce
- 3-4 bulbs shallots, cut in quarters
- 2 inch ginger, thin sliced
- 6 dried cili, fresh cili (optional)
- 3-4 clove of garlic
- spring onion for garnish
- 2 table spoon salted fish, cut in small chunks
- 3-4 tablespoon cooking oil
it’s a stirring and frying affair
- heat up pan, fry garlic and salted fish
- add dried cili & shallots, fry till fragrant
- add pork, medium heat, cook 5-10 mins depending on thickness
- add fresh cili & spring onion last min
Result was fantastic and require no additional seasoning, now I just need to get me a small claypot to complete the look & feel properly instead of using a frying pan and serving bowl.
The funny thing about tastes is that for things that you absolutely loath as a kid may yet turn out to be one of your favorites as an adult – such is the case for me with bitter gourd, and to be frank, quite a few other items.
So for those of you who dislike durian, petai, asparagus, Guinness, and more, perhaps ya’ll just need more doses of them until you like it!
Anyway, here’s one of the recipes I did with bitter gourd over the course of this Covid-19 season.
Bitter Gourd Tofu and Pork Soup Recipe
- 1 bitter gourd, cut in chunks
- 3 carrots
- 300 gram pork belly, cut into bit size chunks
- 1 block of soft tofu
- 2 tomato
- 1 inch ginger
- a handful of salted vege (optional, you can replace with salt to taste)
- boil pork belly for a couple minutes and remove from pot, throw away the scummy water
- use a bigger pot, boil 4-5 bowls of water with everything except tofu for about an hour or so in low heat
- add tofu just before serving
- salt (optional) and pepper to taste
Comfort food especially on rainy days, I usually have it with steamed rice and some soya sauce + cili padi as condiment.
This is my version of bacon French toast, one that led me to buy a loaf of bread after not having any for more than two months since the start of MCO (movement controlled operation) thanks to Covid-19 pandemic (this description may come helpful years later).
There are many French toasts recipes, this one is mine.
- 2 pieces of bread
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoon of butter
- 2-3 pieces of bacon
- 1 piece of cheese
- put the egg in a bowl, beat & mix with butter
- pan fry bacon
- when you have enough oil released from bacon, fry bread after dipping in egg+butter
- place bacon on bread once crispy
- place cheese at the end
- eat while hot! Green bits are optional
I am a fan of kuih teow soup, and often said that it is a Penang hawker dish that is under represented in Klang Valley, taking a backseat to the more popular char kuih teow, prawn mee, and laksa alike. So yah, during this MCO period, I do start to miss having it, hence I made it a point to re-create a version of my own the other day with some leftover pork bone radish soup that I had the other day.
Here’s how you can do yours too with this simple recipe.
- soup stock (I used leftover pork base radish soup, you can use chicken soup too)
- pork belly meat (chicken/duck are good too)
- kuih teow
- spring onion
- bean sprouts
- beef ball/ fish ball
- cili padi and soya sauce as condiment
- cook the meat in soup stock till soft
- remove and cut into bite size
- add kuih teow in soup and cook for a minute or two
- add bean sprouts
- serve with spring onion on top
- a dash of garlic oil and lard would work well here too (I didn’t have)
This turned out to be quite wholesome and comforting, perfect for warming up the tummy.