I found that I have enough ingredients to make nasi lemak. So, in a flash, I whipped up our Sunday lunch as below :
The fried chicken is delicious! I seasoned the chicken thighs with jintan manis, jintan putih and kas-kas (fennel, cummins and poppy seeds). Well those are the only spices I have so I make do with them. I deep fried the chicken and when it is about to be cooked, I added some cut onions and a few pandan leaves into the oil. The pandan and onions made the chicken really like those sold by the mamak.
For the gravy, I cooked sambal sotong. I used the brown cuttlefish (sotong basah) and some shrimps. Just cut the onions, fry it with some chili boh, add tamarind and sugar.
I have a bunch of very sad looking spinach (bayam) and decided to cook it Indian style as they are wilted and limp. What I did was to cut them into tiny pieces, add green chili, two squares of hard tofu (taukua), some tumeric and a little pinch of some spices I found at the bottom of my fridge. (the type used to cook curry) Just boil them together till soft. LOL, it turned out tasty.
The nasi lemak made with one tiny box of santan or coconut milk, pinch of salt, some onion and ginger plus pandan leaves.
And that’s Sunday lunch and dinner for us. Our whole island is crammed with tourists from out of town and the crowd around makes going out a big turn off. It is so nice to just stay home doing nothing (and spending nothing).
Like I said, it wasn’t a planned menu so I just use whatever I can find in my fridge. Still, the nasi lemak is damn delicious! Yummy..I have provided the links to the recipes of the individual dish. However, I just cincai-cincai cook the above without going through the whole process. In all, I think I only need less than one hour to prepare all the dishes. I had seasoned the chicken much earlier.
LOL, I asked hubby how’s the taste of the dishes and nasi lemak. He said I am good enough to marry either an Indian or a Malay!