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.