Do you know how salty is your salt?

My itchy fingers had done something and I couldn’t post earlier. At the same time, my camera is acting strange and it is too much of a chore to get it working. So, no yummy food to share lately.

However, I just remember something that every cook-wannabe should know. Actually it is more like a skill.

Can you visualise how salty the salt is? Do you have that inner feel whether that pot of soup needs a pinch, a teaspoon or a whole tablespoon of salt? Most decent cooks, I mean normal people like us, should at least go through trial and error and be able to judge how much salt to put.

It can be disastrous if we don’t. Long time ago, when I was trying to impress an ex-boyfriend’s mom, I fried a plate of very salty kailan vegetable. She was very diplomatic about it but I was terribly embarassed. (love her for that ‘cos through her, I learnt many Cantonese dishes) Later on, my new mother-in-law also had the same kind of ‘guinea pig torturing’ but she wasn’t as diplomatic (grrrr).

Well, we learnt through trials and errors plus embarassing situations like those to be able to cook decently. So, why not go reflect if you have the inner instinct to cook with your feelings?

As a general rule, if you are cooking for older folks, it is always safer to cut down on the salt beause they may be used to low salt food due to health reasons. On the other hand, some can be very finicky and used to the bottle of soya sauce, salted fish and eggs and claim your food to be tasteless. Well, it is hard to please everyone, so please yourself! Scrimp on the salt for our health, of course.

Post Author: Lilian

Food, travel, recipes. Chinese Malaysian, blogger, photographer and writer.

5 thoughts on “Do you know how salty is your salt?

    yingci

    (June 27, 2006 - 9:12 pm)

    Gee the very first time I started cooking, I mistook salt for sugar… Stupid eh 😛

    Sooi2

    (June 28, 2006 - 10:01 am)

    i knw wat u mean abt cooking for old ppl! my MIL and FIL have like the most boring, bland list of dishes that they cook everyday…therefore their son (my hubby) turns out to be the most boring, picky, unadventurous eater evah!!! and my mom’s every meal’s essential — light soya sauce is totally absent from their kitchen…how to cook la lidat??

    Mei

    (June 28, 2006 - 11:37 am)

    Hi Lilian,

    I want to thank you for such a site so well done. What I really like about your site is your joy, passion and enthusiasm that shine through every blog you enter.

    I have been in Canada for almost 3 years now. I have recently completed my MSc. Recently, I stumbled upon your site, and I just couldn’t help reading all your entries. Your pictures and entries just bring back so many fond memories of the everyday life of being a Malaysian.

    I really like your unpretentious entries. By just reading your blog, I have this sense that you are a really funny, real, and great person to be with. On some really ‘blue’ days, simply reading your site brings a big smile on my face.

    Keep up your good work, Lilian. Your work have been a blessing.

    Love,
    Mei.

    froginkl

    (June 29, 2006 - 2:14 pm)

    Salt..saltier..saltiest…salty..
    Well, everytime i cook now to accomodate my MIL&FIL i have to reduce the S-A-L-T thingy.
    Sometimes i feel so bad coz my cooking seem so blant, abit taste-less…I can’t saviour the best of the best dishes..the great taste, the great smells etc
    I really missed those great cooking days where i can experiment the best of the best ingredients,spices, etc…phewit…
    How i wish i can have my own kitchen…yeah soon…
    even my husband can now tolerate being salt-less..aiyaa

    Sooi2

    (June 29, 2006 - 6:51 pm)

    froginkl, my sympathies to u. i SO KNOW how it feels like not to have ur own kitchen, which is y i wud NEVER live in my in-law’s hse. there’s nothing like having ur own space to express ur culinary freedom!

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