Rainy season is here. So, is the canned foods like sardines, baked beans, Rex chili squids (best one around), dace, luncheon meats, Yeo’s curry chicken and etc.
Over here in Penang, we experience thunderstorms almost every evening. When the rain is too heavy, plans to go out for dinner have to be scrapped at the last minute. Sometimes, there is no supply of fresh foods like meat, fish and vegetables for me to prepare a proper meal.
So, we will have a feast of canned foods and eggs. Frankly, canned foods are mighty delicious if you do not have to depend on them as staple diet. It is a treat, really.
The first thing I am featuring is the sardines. Over here in Malaysia, we are used to have our sardines in tomato sauce and sometimes, chili sauce.
Usually, I prefer the Botan (white flower brand) or reliable companies like TCBoy, Ayam and Yeo’s. Some brands provide mackerel which has a coarser texture.
Here’s a quickie way to enhance the flavour of the canned sardines:
SARDINE WITH TAMARIND
1 big onion, cut into chunks
small piece of tamarind – make into juices
bird’s eyes chillies
1 big canned of sardines
sugar to taste
Heat a little oil and fry the onions and chillies till fragrant. Add in tamarind juice, sardines and flavour with some sugar. Leave to simmer for a few minutes. Serve with hot rice. Yummy! Hot, sour and a little sweet.
Sardines is a very versatile food packed with protein, calcium and other minerals.
This food is a good source of Niacin, Calcium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Protein, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 and Selenium.
It tastes good in sandwiches and can be easily made into tiny sardines puffs with some frozen filo pastry. One just need to flavour it with some sourish taste to take away the fishy smell. Usually a squeeze of lime juice will be super.