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Welp, it’s been almost three years since I last have an entry on cooking, I guess it’s not better time than now to put in one of my favorite dishes mom used to cook when I was a boy – Nyonya seafood curry with salted fish bone. This really came about because I managed to get some really big whole salted fish from the Filipino market in Kota Kinabalu.

ingredients for seafood curry pot
ingredients for seafood curry pot

As the name of the dish suggests, this is a classic Penang style Nyonya dish. Unlike normal curry dish, the presence of salted fish bone gives it a better taste character that’s much better than salt ever would. It is also a dish that has pretty much everything in it – vegetable, seafood, santan, and with steamed rice, makes a whole meal.

blending onion, ginger, garlic
blending onion, ginger, garlic

Anyway, here’s the ingredient list of the version mom makes:

  • 1 KG prawns and/or other seafood (mussels for example)
  • 2-3 pieces of salted fish bone (kurau fish preferred)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1-2 onion
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1/2 dozen cili padi
  • spring onion
  • curry paste (best if you can get them from morning market)
  • 1 tomato, 1/2 dozen lady’s fingers, 1 brinjal
  • 2 packets of coconut milk
  • 3-4 spoon cooking oil

"tumis" chili paste with oil, and then add seafood
“tumis” chili paste with oil, and then add seafood

Cooking instructions:

  • clean and soak salted fish bone for 10-15 mins
  • grind up onion, ginger, garlic, and cili padi to a paste
  • heat up oil and fry the paste for a minute
  • add curry paste to the mix, stir for another minute
  • add salted fish, seafood and stir until slightly fragrant, perhaps a minute or so
  • add vegetables, stir for another minute
  • add santan, bring to boil for a couple minutes
  • cut up spring onion and add to the mix (for looks only lah)

add vege and santan next
add vege and santan next

Remember to serve this with a nice plate of steamed rice, low carb diet be damned.

viola, it's all done, seafood curry with salted fish bone
viola, it’s all done, seafood curry with salted fish bone

I promise to not let another 3 years passed before putting up another recipe on this blog, and this is in fact, the 100th. You can find more of my simple recipes here.

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
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.

Ingredients:

  • 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
fry the greens first, then the pork

Cooking Instructions:

  • 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
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
fried mihun with canned stew pork, mom’s recipe

Happy cooking, and feel free to check out other recipes on this space too.