Merdeka Open House 2007: “Muhibbah”

Babe_KL organised a virtual celebration of Malaysia’s 50th Independence Day called “Merdeka Open House 2007: Muhibbah” where we need to post an article on our favourite food from a different ethnic; either we cook it or do a review on a particular establishment where the dish is avaialble. I decided to submit my entry on one of my local favourite dish, the Nasi Lemak.

I went back home few weeks back and asked my mom to show me how to prepare the dish. I wanted to go to culinary school but she insisted I
study to be a pharmacy technician. Anyway, Mom has been cooking nasi lemak since we’re still a kid occasionally and it has become our favourite. From what I observed, it’s not difficult to prepare it.

Ingredients:

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Ikan bilis (anchovies) deboned, cleaned and halved.

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Raw peanuts, washed.

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Few pips of garlic, chopped.
Some shallots, chopped.
Cili boh (chilli paste).
Belacan (dried, fermented shrimp paste).

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Asam koh (dried tamarind), soaked in water.

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Eggs.

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Cucumber, cleaned, peeled and sliced.
Rice.
Daun pandan (screwpine leaves).
Coconut milk.

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Firstly, shallow fry the anchovies with medium heat till turned golden brown. Dish out (without the oil) and put aside.

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Then stir fry the garlic and shallots. When the garlic turn slightly brownish and shallots turn translucent, add in chilli paste and belacan. Mix well. Lower the heat and pour in the assam koh juice. Mix again and let it come to a soft boil.

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Throw in the fried anchovies into the sambal mixture and stir lightly to mix. Make sure the anchovies are completely covered in the gravy. The sambal ikan bilis is now ready.

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Next, fry the peanuts till they turn brownish with medium heat. Remember to constantly stir it to avoid burnt.

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To prepare the coconut rice, wash the rice few times with water till the water turns clear. Put into rice cooker. Dilute the coconut milk to a desired thickness and add into the cooker. Throw in a few strands of screwpine leaves (knotted) for extra aroma. Cover and let it cook. When it comes to a boil, stir it with a chopstick or spatula to avoid the base of the rice from burnt.

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Soak the eggs in boiled hot water for about 10 minutes. Then, transfer them to a basin of cold water to cool off and easier to peel.

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Serve the coconut rice with the anchovies sambal, hard boiled egg, sliced cucumber and peanuts. I usually will go for second helping, one whole hard boiled egg for myself, plenty of sambal with the gravy all over the rice and plenty of peanuts. Hohoho…

Tagged: 12 Layers of Me

Layer One: On The Outside
Name: Jason Choong.
DOB: 1st of November.
Current Status: Single lah.
Eye Colour: Black.
Hair Colour: Dark Brown (I think so).
Righty or Lefty: Lefty when holding phone, righty when writing.

Layer Two: On The Inside
Your Heritage: Em… Cantonese lar. Speak Cantonese since small and Ipoh is the Cantonese territory what.
Your Fears: Got bitten by snake. Fall into a drain. Slipped at the stairs. So pai seh leh….
Your Weaknesses: Silent (all these years).
Your Perfect Pizza: Em… no specific one wor.

Layer Three: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Your Thoughts First Waking Up: Stupid phone alarm so noisy… Grrr…
Your Bedtime: Around 11pm – 12pm (Unless I’m out late).
Your Most Missed Memory: Rejoicing with choir club members after won the Daerah Kinta 1 Choir Competition in 1999 at SMK Ave Maria, Ipoh.

Layer Four: Your Pick
Pepsi or Coke: Pepsi.
McDonald’s or Burger King: Burger King. I’m a lazy eater, so burger is fine. :P
Single or Group Dates: Never heard of group dates leh.
Adidas or Nike: Nike. But so darn expensive.
Tea or Nestea: Nestea. I don’t like tea.
Chocolate or Vanilla: Both, please!
Cappuccino or Coffee: Cappuccino.

Layer Five: Do You…
Smoke: Of course not. Don’t understand why people wanna inhale smoke. Go inhale vehicle’s smoke or burning smoke la, cheaper.
Curse: Of course! But never spill them out.
Have a crush: Errr… have guar, I think.
Think you’ve been in love: Nope.
Go to school: From kindergarten till Form 5. Does that count?
Want to get married: Don’t want! Marriage is scary… :p
Believe in yourself: The percentage is less than 50%.
Think you’re a health freak: Wahahaha~~! You must be kidding me.

Layer Six: In The Past Month Have you…
Drank alcohol: Yes but hate it.
Gone to the mall: Where to go if not the mall???
Been on stage: No no no.
Eaten sushi: Err…. *hide face* No leh…
Dyed your hair: I never dye my hair lar! But thinking of doing it soon. :P

Layer Seven: Have You Ever…
Played A Stripping Game: No no. I’m very docile and innocent de.
Changed Who You Were To Fit In: Maybe but don’t think I remember when.

Layer Eight: You’re Hoping
To Be Married: What? Aren’t that supposed to ask on a girl? :S
For a: Samsung YP-K3 MP3 player, 2GB please!

Layer Nine: In a Boy (For guys, In a Gal)
Best Eye + Best Hair Color Combination: Whatever lah.
Short Hair or Long Hair: Half-half. :P

Layer Ten: What Were You Doing
1 Min Ago: Copying the YP-K3 link.
1 Hour Ago: Went to toilet.
4.5 Hours Ago: Talking to my boss.
1 month Ago: Cursing cos it was Monday.
1 Year Ago: Can’t remember lah! Haiyo….

Layer Eleven: Finish The Sentence
I Love: to chill out with my friends.
I Feel: cold now.
I Hate: ginger and sneezing. (yet I’m sneezing everyday. Puh!)
I Hide: my anime DVDs and mangas.
I Miss: my PS2 and holidays!
I Need: to clear off my dark eye circles. Any suggestion?

Layer Twelve: Tag Five People
1. WMW
2. Jackson Kah
3. Lyrical Lemongrass
4. Precious Pea
5. Teckiee

Remember to do your homework ya. :D

Carl’s Jr @ 1 Utama, PJ

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Alvin tempted me to try out Carl’s Jr after a day trip to the Pikom PC Fair at KL Convention Centre few weeks back. Aha, got someone to accompany me, so why not? :)

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Their charbroiled burgers do look and sounds interesting, and according to Boolicious and Mei Yen, they come in huge sizes too. Now if you pair up a huge size burger and free flow of soft drink, what do you get at the end? Expanded tummy, of course!

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I went for their Chicken Santa Fe Sandwich, which consist of a thick and big piece of charbroiled chicken breast meat, cheese, lettuce, mayonnaise and pickles. The chicken is indeed very tender and juicy but lacked the taste somehow and was a bit cold. And it’s quite messy too. As you can see, there’s cheese on my bun (?) and when I try to grab it, that piece of meat actually glides away from the bun!

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Alvin ordered their Super Star which came with two pieces of succulent beef patties, lettuce, onion, cheese and mayonnaise. And it was cold as well but he happily wallop it down. Oh well, he was starving anyway. :P

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We also shared a box of Beef Chilli Cheese Fries (fries topped with minced beef and cheese). Tastes kinda ok but too bad the fries were soggy. Bet it’ll taste better if came piping hot.

And then came the irritating part, spoiled all my mood for the day. We were about to leave and I tried to take the picture of the shop when a Malay woman in Jusco uniform spotted me and come over to question me:

Malay woman: “Hey… apa yang you tangkap? You dari mana?” (Hey… what are you taking? Where are you from?)

Me: “Tangkap gambar sahaja. Apa maksud you dari mana?” (Just photographing. What do you mean “where am I from?”) *was figuring whether she mean which part of KL I’m from or which COMPETITOR sent me over*

Malay woman: *ignoring my question and gave us an annoying look* “Kenapa tangkap gambar kedai? Nak buat apa?” (Why are you taking the picture of the shop? For what purpose?)

Alvin: “Kami datang dari Ipoh, tangkap gambar nak buat kenang-kenangan, tak boleh kah?” (We came from Ipoh, take pictures just for keepsake memories, is there something wrong with it?)

And that annoying woman actually ignored us for the second time and went to talk to a security guard who happens to be nearby! Good, now that we’re being treated as some sort of criminals??

Alvin: “Dang, she actually called the guard.”
Me: “To hell with her.” *continues to take my second and third shot*

When the guard came, I keep my camera back into my bag and left. He didn’t stop us or say anything. That Malay woman continues to stare at us but both of us just walk passed her as she’s invisible. Should have take her picture and post it here. *take deep breath to control my anger*

I love Malaysia, but not every aspects of it. If the person who’re taking pictures happens to be a foreigner, do you think she’ll talk to him like how she treated us? By the way, I can’t imagine that I actually said “To hell with her”! Aiksss….

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Carl’s Jr
Lot 210C, Ground Floor,
1 Utama Shopping Centre (Old Wing),
Petaling Jaya.

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