OK, first I want to declare that I am not picky. No food that turns me down. I am not like those who turns down on dried shrimp, broccolis (hey, it's me!), peas and petai. But, I do have certain food that I reduce my intake because of certain reason, for example chicken.
"You've got to be kidding, right?" <-------- your reaction
But, it's true. I don't take much chicken (Except in Kampar, because other meat is such rarities that I thought all other animals have gone extinct, especially fish @@). Chicken is oily, fatty... OK, I do sound like a girl trying to keep slim, but no, it's true. Pop a chicken into pot of water and observe what is drifting on the surface. And, chickens are often injected with hormones and antibiotics (I am not saying other meat don't have! At least they don't inject in fish, or do they?).
So, I eat no chicken at home.
"What do you eat?" <-------- your question
I eat veggies, fish and p*** (I am respecting Muslims here). Mostly I eat fish.
"Fish has high levels of mercury..." a nerd said.
Whatever. I am not here to argue science and pollution.
So, there is this list of food I love to eat, very much love. So love 'em that I always wish for a day I can eat it with my friends, special friends, and of course brothers (for now is only bruder. XD).
Here let me show you:
Note #1: It is referred from Disclaimer #2, go to Disclaimer #3.
Note #2: Read Disclaimer #5 as it has nothing related.
Note #3: I am joking!
For those international readers, it is a dish full of fruits and drizzled some spicy sauce made out of shrimp paste. Yeah, something like your fruit salad. But it is topped with peanut chunks. Nice!
Actually, seriously, I don't like this picture of Rojak. LOL. I see that the gravy is too less. Way too less. I need more. Individual preference, so don't shoot me. You know, you cover the whole fruit with that gravy and sprinkle the peanuts on... yum yum, it's like Haagen-Dazs Ice-cream. OK, this is not a luxury food, but the concept is there! Don't ask me what those orangey things are in the photo, because [Read disclaimer below] and another thing for my preference is I don't want any crackers or kangkung in my rojak. Friggin' spoil the taste!
2) Fried Oyster with Egg
Penang food (OK, Penangites puh-leeeze stop saying "Oh, I know, Penang right? The best!") and I like it not because it is what it is. I like it because... I don't know, maybe the juicy oyster perhaps? But I never had the chance to eat much =(. I heard from someone said that it is expensive, and rather to "invest" in other food better than this. Invest huh. We eat and we have to evaluate it. =.=
Anyway I love the chilli sauce that matches with the juicy oyster. When the boiling oyster *BURST* the juice in your mouth, it mingles with the slightly sour chilli sauce and voila! You fainted!
Oh, I can't get any better photos because [Read disclaimer below] and other photos are too... UNREAL, as if cooked with such caution that the egg is very very yellow and the chilli is very very red. =.=... You know, you've gotta try EVERY single fried oyster with egg everywhere. It tastes different! And don't you compare your hometown and other states and claim yours is better just because you like the hometown recipe. This is something we called "unique". You objective person!
I ate this when I was in my Form 2 years, accidentally. It smelled like rubbish at that moment. Like something just brought up from the sewer or IndahWater. But hey, now I eat it like I am a hungry wolf (although wolf is carnivorous). I always order it at the nightmarket near my house (yeah, for those who goes clubbing often in Ipoh, it's THERE)
There are two different styles: Taiwanese and HongKong. Taiwanese is less juicier but more crunchy while HongKong, well, you know, vice versa. Now I prefer HongKong style because when you bite crunchy outer layer, the inner tofu just erupts in your mouth with all the juices and aroma of the yellow bean. Dip with a dark spicy sauce, coat it and put in your mouth, slowly chew it... the aroma... Ohh god!
This is HongKong Stinky Tofu, more cube-y and juicy... But I don't like to eat it with the pickled veggies, it tastes so wrong (personal preference again, haha). So when I order this, I always tell the tauke to remove the veggies XD... This photo is better than the rest because [Read disclaimer below].
4) Minced Lamb Curry
I tell you, this is the best curry. The aroma of the lamb... mmmm. Lamb meat has lesser fat than beef or any other meat, especially Chicken because lamb store their fat in certain parts only (unless you buy lamb meat during winter time). My mum cooked this twice and with tumeric and 3 different ratios of spices, it kicks me up and eat two plates of rice. Serious!
You can also eat it with bread, something like capati wrapping it. I took to Kampar once, but I ate it alone. Maybe I will ask my mum (politely) to bring it over next time. Watch out for my FB notice guys! Hehehehe....
I got this photo from http://peskypeppercorn.wordpress.com/2010/07/20/keema-minced-lamb-curry/ and it resembles much like my mum's cooking. But my mum prefer it to be less wet so that the natural fragrant from the lamb meat can absorb into the oil and spices. I personally don't like the green peas swimming in there because green peas will absorb the fragrant, although it balances the saltiness by inducing some mild sweetness into the curry. If there is a green pea, and I bite it, the pea will have lamb taste. No, don't say a word. It's like eating a bread that has fish taste. Personal preference, you can put it in as you like if you want your curry to have a little sweetness! Try it! The recipe is in that link! Go clickety click!
5) Fried Terubok
OK, I went to search for it's English name and it pops up this: Tenualosa toli or Chinese Herring or Toli Shad so, don't ask me how it looks like because you can still Google (R) it. Anyway, this fish is not for the faint-hearted because the number of bones is more than the number of your hair (joking). Serious, it has a lot of bones. Maybe two or three fine as hair bones per centimetre. But one thing great is you can eat the scales after you fry the fish. It's better than crackers! Dip it with some soy sauce and a bit of oil, you can eat 3 bowls of rice with just one fish.
Sadly, this overpriced fish is dwindling in number because of overfishing in South East Asia, but you can still buy it once a while. Don't buy it like you are buying anchovies (Bilis Fish, haha, no, it's Ikan Bilis). Most of the fish in Malaysia market comes from Sarawak! All hail Sarawak!!!
Ignore the myserious number at the lower right corner because [Read disclaimer below]. I don't know you guys like this fish, but its meat is very sweet, sweeter than catfish!
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING SECTION CONTAINS NON-HALAL FOOD
Before I begin, don't say I didn't warn you!
6) Kuih Chap
Seriously, I don't know what's its English name. It took me 1 hour to Google (R) the photo (because Sarawak style of this is very different. I am from Kedah, so you know...) and it took me another hour to find any meaningul translation. In the end...
I gave up.
This food is very nice for breakfast: salty brown thing and plain white thing in a aromatic soupy thing. OK, it's salted pork skin and flour in duck soup. In Chinese, kuih chap means flour juice. Yucks! Anyway it's good for breakfast, with protein, fat and carbohydrate, with H2O to help in digestion too! Usually you can eat it with Yau Char Kuey. And it tastes very nice! I can only find it in the Northern states like Penang and Kedah, I can't find it in Perak... =(. So I only eat it when I go back to my birthplace...
This is the right photo. Other photos provided look more like bak kut teh than this, just because they are Sarawakian style. All hail Sarawak!!!
7) Bak Kut Teh
OMG, I remember my uncle taught his son that this food in English is "meat bone tea". I faint at such sight!
I tell you, it is nutritious but heaty. Do not take it on hot weather! Either you get pimples, or fever. Unless the one you eat is actually not boiled herbs, but already pre-packed herbs. It's difficult to find nice bak kut teh. But anyway, show you the pic and save me from typing:
Above: In case you don't know what is Yau Char Kuey, this is it
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