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Sambal Telur (Sambal Egg)

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Nasi Lemak or Coconut Milk Rice wrapped in banana leaf is an all time Malaysian favorite dish. The traditional Nasi Lemak basically comes with a handful of fried anchovies, roasted peanuts, cucumbers and Sambal Egg. The dish sounds really simple, but we could just gobble down and be satisfied with a plain Nasi Lemak and lots of Sambal. Yes, the key ingredient to one great Nasi Lemak is of course the Sambal.

Sambal or Grounded Red Chili is one of the important components in traditional Malay cooking. The basic ingredient is just the fresh red chilies, then you start adding a little bit here and there of garlic, shallot, ginger, tamarind or others for a more robust flavored  Sambal. Once you do a couple of try outs in making your own Sambal, you can always prepare a full list of scrumptious Sambal dishes, such as Sambal Okra, Sambal Sotong, Sambal Asparagus with Shrimp, Vegetable Curry and etc.

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Fried Egg with Green Bean

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The fried egg with green bean (also known as string bean or French bean) is certainly one of the many great foods of my childhood. Granny used to cook this from time to time for me and my brother when we were in primary school. We both loved it! Perhaps granny was old, she was only capable to make us some easy and quick foods but well, they were all yummy.

I heart green bean and egg. So both ingredients create a perfect and comfy dish for me. Unlike the long bean, the green bean has a strong texture which makes it extraordinary. It will remain its crunchiness after it has been cooked. In addition, the greenish color of it tempts me to love it so much.

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Braised Pork with Soy Sauce (Tau Yew Bak)

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The braised pork with soy sauce (or Tau Yew Bak in Hokkien) was one of my pleasant foods that my mom used to cook and yes, my mom is Hokkien. She makes luscious Tau Yew Bak as she sold this at her stall when she was a mixed rice food hawker. Tau Yew Bak is a typical Hokkien dish that is very popular in Penang, Malaysia and it had been popularized throughout the nation as well. Consequently, there are many variations of this dish based on individual or family’s recipe. However, all of them are almost similar.

Pork belly is the best meat to be used in this recipe. Although it’s a fattier meat, the fat in the belly makes Tau Yew Bak so good. I love pork belly especially when it is braised as this dish. The pork rind and the fat inside the meat will be tendered during braising. You will be totally amazed after trying on this savory dish. It goes tremendously well with steamed white rice. I did eat it with two bowls of steamed white rice. Yum…

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Stir Fried Bitter Gourd with Salted Egg (苦瓜炒咸蛋)

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I am not a fan of bitter melon or bitter gourd (苦瓜) as they are really bitter. In Chinese belief, any bitter vegetables or herbs are good for your health just like medicines are bitter but they heal your sickness (苦口良葯). The bitter melon is a healthy and beneficial vegetable, it is considered cool temperature in nature that will help to stimulate digestion and cool your internal body heat. Sometimes I like to stir fry it with chicken or pork meat as one of the “cooling” dishes.

I once tried this Stir Fried Bitter Gourd with Salted Egg in a small local Chinese restaurant and I was amazed how it turned out really delicious. The bitter gourd is not bitter after it is coated well with salted egg that made it so fragrant and tasty. If you don’t like bitter gourd you can try to soak the slices in salted water or even blanch them quickly before cooking, but not too long as it will get old.

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Shrimp Omelette (蝦仁煎蛋)

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I heart all kinds of omelette from all time American to Asia (because I adore eggs). Shrimp omelette is one of the Chinese omelettes I love the most especially in those street food catering stalls or Chinese restaurants in Malaysia.

This dish consists of an omelette with a filling primarily composed of luscious shrimps. Onions or scallions are sometimes added for an intense taste. In the past, pork lard was often used to fry the omelette to provide an extra fragrance but less and less people are using it these days due to health conscious. Read the rest of this entry »



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