Malaysians in general have meals consist of rice which is the staple food here and a few dishes. Usually, most homes with decent income will have at least three dishes to accompany the rice.
So, I have often wondered if the person who prepares the meals in a Western family or the Malaysian families whom have an easier time?
For example, if I want to make a stir fry dish like the below white brocolli, I would have to do several things like chopping up garlic, cut the vegetable, heat the wok over gas stove, stir fry and find the right combination of flavourings.
Then, I have to prepare another two dishes, usually, something with protein like meat or eggs or tofu and a soup or some seafood.
Therefore, it can be tedious, right?
As for Westerners, I am not sure how they really eat except what I see on TV and through other food blogs.Ã‚Â Their methods seem easier because they just popped whatever they are cooking into the oven and they make a salad to be eaten with breads.
For example, lunch today consists of a few chicken drumsticks which had been seasoned since last night.Ã‚Â I just pile on a head of sliced fennel vegetable, top it up with the chicken which I have seasoned, topped them with some chopped garlic and a few basil leaves , dribble some olive oil and popped the dish into the oven for 30 minutes.Ã‚Â It is already a complete dish which can be eaten with either some pasta or bread.
However, there are two things which still make Western foods not such a fond choice of mine.Ã‚Â One is the use of electricity.Ã‚Â I am so used to fire up gas stove and they seem to cook faster.Ã‚Â Secondly, the Malaysian stomachs in usÃ‚Â still need something filling like rice eventhough the roasted chicken seems extravagant on its own.Ã‚Â End of the day, my hubby ate the chicken and fennel with his rice for dinner.Ã‚Â It is accompanied by some kacang botol stir fried with sambal.
So, what do you prefer?Ã‚Â Western foods or Malaysian meals?