June 21, 2009

Recipe from my 4th Aunt

Coming back from my working trip, I had this cravings of my 4th aunt’s version of ‘assam fish’. So while driving back home, I called her and ask for the recipe. And she’s more than happy to share;


Steamed rice with a sunny side up, and a dash of soy sauce.


Assam Fish with cucumber.

Her version is easy to make, but it doesn’t compromise the taste, in fact, I love it very much. 

All you need is:

1. 2-3 inches of turmeric, a handful (green) cili padi –> all mashed up / blended into paste,

2. 1 tablespoon of rice soaked in hot water, 1 onion, 3 pcs lemon grass, 4-5 pcs of assam keping, 100ml of assam jawa juice, a tablespoon of belachan,

3. ikan kembong – 6pcs (abt 800gm)

4. 1 large cucumber


1. boil about 2 litre of water, and add in the blended paste and let it simmer for about 35 mins.

2. Add in ingredients #2. and let it simmer for another 20 mins.

3. Add in fish and cucumber (can be replaced with ladies finger too) and let it boil for another 15 mins, and salt to taste.



June 14, 2009

My Sunday Lunch


Winter Melon Soup,

With a handful of anchovies, dried squids, dried oysters, half a garlic and some sesame oil, I had them boiled over 60mins to make the base of the soup.  An hour later, I sieve thru to get clear seafood stock and I add in cuts of chicken and the winter melon. Boil over gentle heat for the next 45 mins and they are ready, with a dash of salt and pepper.

I always prefer my soup to be clear, and sieving helps to keep the soup clear.IMG_2410

And I’ve got some fried rice. Will save some for tomorrow’s lunch at work, since I’ve make quite a lot.IMG_2411

Stir fry sambal French beans

Bought some nice French beans from the ‘pasar malam’ few days ago, and with a twist of my mum’s ‘sambal belachan’ in the fridge, i throw in some minced meat and ‘choy pow’ salted carrots. Fry everything in the hot oiled wok with generous amount of chopped garlic. Simple.


So, that’s my Sunday lunch. What’s yours?

June 7, 2009

give me my crab

I frequent this place 3 times in 6 weeks. Give me a messy dining table, dirty hands and full load of crabs, I’ll be a happy man.

I’m talking about this fatty crab restaurant in Taman Megah, PJ.  IMG_1165

As usual, from far you’ll spot a crowd sweating while waiting to get a table. There is no first come first basis system, the two experienced lady sort the guess thru the headcounts.

From personal experience, always go there in groups of maximum 4 per table. It’s easier to get a table when you are less than 4 people, cause they have lots of 4-seater tables than bigger ones. Second rule is to maintain regular eye contact with the two aunties so they won’t forget you’re standing in front of the shop waiting and lastly, make sure they take your order before you’re seated, so the food would pop out as soon as you get a table.

So, what do you order when you go to fatty crab:

1. Deep fried chicken wings; this is usually served fast and goes perfectly well as an appetizer. IMG_1104

Fried rice;  how can someone not order our staple food. The fried rice with prawns, carrots, eggs and french beans. All fried to perfection with suffice ‘wok hei’IMG_1095

Now the mains:

Sweet sour chilly crab. No words to describe this. I’ll licking my fingers in front of hundreds of people for this dish. What etiquette?IMG_1101

Look at them, it just scream lick me lick me, hit me with the hammer and take my meat. AAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaIMG_1099

Besides that, I also like this soupy Teochew steamed fish. With generous amount of salted vegetable, I find myself keep drinking the gravy for it’s tangy flavour. A good blend of  plum, salted vegetable, tomatoes and fresh essence from the fish.IMG_1106

Well, having 3 times in 6 weeks can be alarming since i never knew my cholesterol level and etc. But hey, anyone want to meet there in the coming Sunday?