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We, the Malaysians know what a home-cooked meal consist of. Majority of us, whether we are Malay, Chinese, Indian, Eurasian or any races in Malaysia, eat rice with a few accompanying dishes.
What makes home-cooked meals special is the simplicity. When we had this meal too often, we may complaint of it being bland, boring and predictable. However, take us away from home and soon, we will be missing the home-cooked meals which mom or wife used to dish up.
The above is a home-cooked meal I cooked last Sunday. Two of my children were not at home and it being Father’s Day, we decided to celebrate at home. Moreoever, all restaurants will be over-charging and packed with customers.
What I cooked:
Soup – A slow-boiled soup made with one choy-yun-kai or old chicken. Flavoured with Chinese mushroom, dried scallops, dried oysters, kei chee. It has a ‘luxurious and expensive’ taste to it.
Vegetable – Stir fry celery with yau yee or brown squids
Fish – Dory fish with honey and lemon sauce.
No recipe for the time being. Of course, we do not eat so extravagantly every day because dried scallops and oysters are not cheap stuff. This is just to illustrate that home-cooked meals consist of soup, vegetable and seafood or meat. Plus fluffy, freshly cooked, hot white rice of course.
Have you ever missed home-cooked meals?Posted by on June 22nd, 2005 under Food
Had some ‘home-cooked meals’ today. Above is the tamarind prawns served with sambal belacan and pieces of cucumber. This comes from an old, old Hokkien restaurant. Their dishes are basic menus that most Chinese homes cook. And what is nice with old, old restaurants is the old, old waiters. They are more like our grandpas. Telling you not to order too many dishes, asking you to balance your meals with some vege dishes, eating some ‘cooling’ food etc.
Beside this tamarind prawns, we also ordered bitter gourd soup, taufoo with minced meat and salted fish plus my sons’ favourite dish – dark soya sauce meat. Most Penangites know this place, picture below. It is at the end of Transfer where Hotel Gallant is.