I want to give some attention to this rather understated ingredient which is not widely used outside of Malay and Nonya cuisine.
Not to be confused with starfruit, which also shares the same Malay name, this is a small sour fruit which adds a wonderful sour note to dishes with a crunchy juicy texture. It cooks very fast and this needs to be taken into consideration as you add it to your curries.
I like to add it to my mum's Sambal Prawns recipe, something we did at our recent Alpha Course evening. While Assam (tamarind) or Lime juice can be used to introduce a fruity sourness to the dish, belimbing is unique in the way it "encapsulates" the taste as an eating experience. In other words, instead of experiencing the tinge of sourness throughout the dish, biting a piece of belimbing gives a soury surprise, adding some variety to the experience of eating a good plate of Sambal prawns.
Chicken Thursday, March 07, 2013
Deep fried chicken coated with a sweet spicy sauce is something I have always liked to eat since my varsity student days. While I can't remember great food served in the Science Canteen then, my favourite stall by far would be the Malay/Muslim one. I know the deep fried chicken they used was from the previous day and they merely coated it with a sambal or sweet sauce. Not that I cared for the flavours were great.
I am glad for the opportunity to cook it at a recent Alpha Course evening. Some have asked for the recipe and so, here goes. I will list out the recipe and then, further notes to help you understand what is going on behind this wonderful Indonesian way of cooking meat.
In this home version, you can do the same for leftover fried rempah chicken.
beef Monday, March 04, 2013
My girls love Japanese rice and meals.
This is one reason why I have made some effort to learn to cook it at home. I have posted a recipe for Chirashi rice. I like these one-bowl meals as they are convenient to make.
In this post, I will list out some details on how to make "Gyudon" or Japanese Rice Beef Bowl, using Short-rib Beef. What motivated me to cook this is the $60 bowl of rice with some beef which I had at a Japanese restaurant recently. I absolutely loved it but I found it too pricey. After making this, I really don't think I will pay for it again.
Japonica rice is widely available in our local markets and you should be able to spot it easily as the grain is shorter compared to Thai long grain rice. They come in various qualities. If you are new to cooking it, I will advise you just pick up any for a start. As you begin to cook it more often, you can try some better varieties. Go here to learn how to cook this rice and what type to buy.