Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Joe can cook! Episode 17: Sambal Prawns with Coconut Rice

Over the weeks of cooking at home, we realised that if anything, most of our recipes and cooking involved elements of western cuisine, the pan frying, the oven baking and roasting except for the occasional steaming. The Wife is currently going through the "I miss Malaysia especially the food" disease and so that literally sparked off the bug to cook asian. 

With no idea on what to cook when i was buying some prawns from the supermarket, the Wife suggested we make a sambal out of it. So, how do you make it? I asked, expecting a genuine answer.

"Buy the sauce la"

Well, buy the sauce it was, which involved going to one of the most famous and probably largest asian grocery store; Yuen's Market. After going through the shelves of sauces, we picked a sambal sauce for prawns which had instructions as easy as A,B and C.

A. Sweat the onions and the garlic
B. Pour the contents of the bottle into the pan and heat
C. Put the prawns in


If A,B and C can give you the above, i am not sure whether i want to go through the A-Z process of actually making a sambal.


From Sambal Prawns, we decided to do the full monty and try to make a simple Nasi Lemak. Served with some coconut rice which involves replacing the water with half coconut milk and half water, a few pinches of salt and pandan leaves and I had a very satisfied customer.


Can't forget the boiled egg too. A pity i had no peanuts and ikan billis but this will do for the time being.

With some mentions of Char Kueh Teow and Curry Laksa, i got to go back to the store and find some more bottled sauces. Economical and satisfying.


Hanis Zalikha said...

What? Instant sambal?! Is it as good?

Michelle Chin said...

You should try cooking stir fry vegetables with Tean's Gourmet Chili Shrimp Paste. Really good. Also, get a bottle of LKK XO sauce to cook with scallops/prawns with asparagus. Guaranteed satisfaction. :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mchin: yes, those are the next in line to buy!

hanis: adik nice to c u around! obviously tak cekap compared to the original one la.

thule a.k.a leo said...

you know what they say??
You can't take someone out of Malaysia.. but you can't take Malaysia out of someone!!
miss Malaysia food huh?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: haha is can take someone out of msia.. yes, miss it dearly..cant wait to go back home in march!

J said...

Not bad! Can imagine how nice this would taste with the rice :)

Sean said...

yikes, there's a sauce for char kuey teow too?! is there enough wok hei added in the sauce? heheh...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: actually that i wonder, then again, its not too hard to find some dark soya sauce, just got to find pork lard!

j: it was!!! called out for rice.

daphne said...

oh yeahhhh..love those bottle sauces for sure!!!!!! so much easier!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

daphne: yeah man! dont have to blend and cut.

eiling lim said...

that's very nice and even the eggs looked so different from ours here!