Simple Meal

Suggested Menu August 17th, 2007

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Wow! It’s been a couple of days since I last posted a recipe here. We haven’t been cooking much at home and even when we have, it’s mostly dishes which I have previously posted here on this site. As some of you might know, the kids were down with running nose and vomitting episodes and my missus was also not feeling well. Same for moi.

So, on Sunday last, we had a simple meal which only took 1 hour to prepare, cook and serve. It involves the use of some essential ingredients usually found in Malaysian chinese homes:- ikan bilis, preserved bean curds, onions, garlic and rice (to cook porridge). The only thing purchased for that meal was fresh pea sprouts (tow miaw).

preserved bean curd

To prepare this meal, cooking is in the following order – porridge, ikan bilis snack and stir-fried pea sprouts. The preserved bean curd comes in a glass jar and no cooking is needed.

Porridge :-

Rinse 200 ml (volume) of rice and place into a pot. Add 500 ml of water, cover lid and bring to boil. Then reduce heat to medium low, uncovered and continue cooking. Add boiling water if porridge dries out. Cook till your desired softness of the porridge.

Whilst cooking the porridge, proceed with the other dishes. These are the recipes for the Ikan Bilis Snack and Stir-Fried Pea Sprouts with Garlic. The porridge should be cooked by the time you finish cooking the two dishes. Serve with preserved bean curd (make sure you use a clean and dry teaspoon / chopsticks to take out the preserved bean curd from the bottle).

This meal is really satisfying because it is easy on the stomach and comes with different variety of tastes. The ikan bilis snack is sweetish whilst the preserved bean curd is spicy and salty. The stir-fried pea sprouts with garlic gives this dish a balance on fibre and nutrients. The porridge makes it easy eating.

Try this suggested meal. It’s good when you are all sick (pun intended) of eating out ๐Ÿ˜€

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  1. 1
    August 17th, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    i got a recommendation for the “fuu yue”

    pick them up from the jar,drain them for a while, then deep fry with oil … then till midway u can see its like “going-brown” u add in garlic, fry with chopped garlics … i tell u this is the best smelling aroma u have ever smelled …

    take them out with some of those garlic + fuu yee oil and pour some of those oil over ur hot steaming porridge … heaven!

    then leave some of those oil and crack a few eggs and make some scrambled egg …

    heaven …

  2. 2
    August 20th, 2007 at 9:19 am

    I love love love a porridge meal like that. Maybe that’s why there is this term called “Teochew porridge”. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Recover fast, man!

  3. 3
    August 20th, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    I like the bottle ‘chai sim’ to go with my porridge as well.

    I see nice nicely caramelized onions with ikan bilis!!!! I love onions like that!

    Hope you all get well soon..

  4. 4
    August 21st, 2007 at 12:24 am

    i happen to be here by chance. but i am pretty sure i will be back. Love your easy cooking dishes! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 5
    August 21st, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    earl_ku : That’s an interesting recipe you have! I’m sure it’s an absolute cracker!

    tigerfish : I suppose teo chews and hokkiens have some similarities in their food. One of which is lor ak (stewed duck). I shall need to buy a duck first and get the recipe on this blog one day ๐Ÿ˜€

    keropokman : Ooo….I used to eat chai sim a lot when I was studying. With porridge, of course. The other is spicy pork.

    peppersalt : Thanks for the lovely feedback ๐Ÿ˜€

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