Fine Pair of Lungs

October 22nd, 2013

Back home, in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, I would visit the night market and a must for me is beef lung fried in chili. I just love it.

The only place I’ve found this dish here in London was at Malaysia Hall when it was run by Pak Awie. A couple of months ago my Malaysian friends and I decided to visit Malaysia Hall and I was dreaming for beef lung… and found it was shut!!


Ever since I started going to just one butcher place, I’ve been asking him for some beef lung. Every time I asked, he said he had nothing from the supplier.

Last Thursday, after coming back from the HE Expo, I had some time to spare before picking up Little Bee and went to the butcher to buy some chicken to cook Jue as Alice and I are visiting her and her new baby. After months of not asking, I just thought lets try my luck and asked if there’s any news about beef lungs from his supplier. Again he said no, but then he went to the back room and brought out some mutton lungs! He asked if this would do and I’ve never tried mutton lung and said yes.

mutton lung

He packed it up and handed it to me and told me to enjoy and just ask him if I want more. I asked him how much it was and he said just take it as he would only throw it away!

I love free stuff!

So, I cleaned it up, boiled in the slow cooker, sliced it, fried it and fried it again with chili.

boiling mutton lung

boiling it in the slow cooker

paru goreng

sliced and fried with tumeric powder and salt

paru goreng pedas

fried again with spices and chili

At last! I satisfied my craving. I know it looks unappetizing but seriously… it’s yummy!! Plus, if you’re going to kill an animal, might as well make use of every single bit of it.

I will head over to the butcher again this Friday and see if he has some more! ;)

Here’s a Little Fishy on a Little Dishy

October 10th, 2013

I have to say that I’ve never bought a whole fish in my 20 odd years in the UK. I’ve bought cuts of fish but never a whole fish.

Lately, when ever Little Bee wants salmon, I’ve been getting the cut from the fish counter in ‘our’ Sainsbury’s. She keeps looking at the whole fish at the counter and keeps pointing at the sea bass and I keep promising her that I will get it one day.

After months of promising, one day came last week when hubby was away for the weekend. Hubby detest seafood. I bought the sea bream and Little Bee was excited.

We brought it home and I marinated it with soy sauce, honey, ginger, garlic and spring onions. Left it for an hour or so and steamed it.

sea bass

I showed Little Bee how to look for bones and she demolished almost the whole fish! I ended up eating rice and fried egg… and picking the last of the fish flesh from the bones like a cat ;)

MAS Lamb Biryani

September 26th, 2013

Work is so hectic and yesterday I just had to take five minute to have a quick scroll on FB before I start pulling my hair out… and I came across this:

MAS Lamb Biryani


I can make this in 30 minutes?! That sounds easy enough.

So, I got some lamb from the butcher, rushed to pick up Little Bee from Nursery, got home and asked her to play in the front room while I got everything together, leave it simmering in the pot while I supervise her showering… viola! Dinner was ready by the time she was dressed and her hair combed.

Well done MAS! You saved me from having to think hard on what to cook last night. I would be ever so grateful if you put up another recipe today :)

Oh… the picture I quickly took last night didn’t look very appetising and would not do this recipe justice… maybe next time ;)

Photo from MAS FB page.

Kitchen Gadget for Little Bee

September 3rd, 2013

It was Little Bee’s birthday yesterday… and one of the presents I bought for her was this:

A grater for her to help me out in the kitchen.

i can cook grater

Seriously though… she’s always wanted this. She keeps seeing the kids in I Can Cook program on cbeebies use it. So, when I saw it in Lakeland, I had to get it for her.

little bee grating

And today, we had to stay home as she’s not well, she used it for the first time to grate carrots to make not spicy kway teow goreng :)

not spicy kway teow goreng

Tepung Pelita Test

August 10th, 2013

I bought a bag of banana leaves as I wanted to make otak otak… which is actually wrapped in coconut leaf but I didn’t know where to get coconut leaves from, whereas I know I can banana leaf quite easily.

I didn’t realise how much was in the bag and obviously I had lots left and I started thinking of Malaysian puddings that is wrapped in banana leaf and tepung pelita came to my mind. I think it originated from the state of Kelantan but of course if it’s yummy (like most food in Malaysia) you will be able to find it somewhere in Malaysia.

The only problem is, I don’t think I have the patience of cutting, cleaning, heating and folding the banana leaves into small cups. I did try but because I didn’t heat the leaves long enough, they were still stiff and kept ripping or breaking.

Hmmmmm… so for this experiment, it will just have to be in cups.

tepung pelita

Maybe one day I will find the patience to do the cups and also stand at the stove and stir the mixtures… but after a few busy days of cooking, I guess I rushed everything and used the short cut of using pandan essence rather than proper pandan leaves… let’s just say, it’s not something that I would serve to guests… but Little Bee says she likes it… or she’s just being kind.

Eid Mubarak, A Little Celebration

August 10th, 2013

All through Ramadan, I was convinced that Eid will fall on a Friday, but come Wednesday, I began to doubt myself. My friends were starting to talk about Eid and that it’s been announced in Japan, Singapore and Malaysia that Eid will fall on a Thursday.

I rushed off to the butcher to get my meat, who told me to come back later as he’s expecting a delivery and I could get fresher meat then.

So it’s been rush, rush, rush… cook, cook, cook… bake, bake, bake for the last few days!

Eid is the second biggest celebration for Muslims. After a month of fasting in the month of Ramadan, the first of Syawal is celebrated with prayers and feast with family and friends.

Eid feast

A couple of my friends came over yesterday and on the table we had rendang ayam, rendang daging, ayam masak merah, nasi himpit, lontong, otak otak and soya bean drink. Tini brought satay ayam and kuah kacang. Alice brought karipap. Jue sent some lemang over as she could not celebrate with us. Zetty, Nora and Razlina were in our thoughts.

After years of being in London, I’ve finally found a bunch of Malaysian friends that are like family to me. I am blessed. Photo below courtesy of Alice.

friends and food

Oh… and today… had a proper Malaysian breakfast! We love leftovers! So it was nasi himpit, lontong and sambal goreng (which I forgot about yesterday). Yummy indeed!!

my Malaysian breakfast

Eid Might be Tomorrow Take 2 – Iftar 29 Ramadan 1434 – Rendang Ayam and Nasi Himpit

August 7th, 2013

Since Eid might be tomorrow, I thought I’d make something to mark the occasion. So tonight, we will be having rendang ayam (chicken rendang) and nasi himpit (squashed rice).

rendang ayam

Rendang Ayam

nasi himpit

Nasi Himpit


These are currently cooking on the stove.

Yes, I’m still on panic mode!!!! So, I thought I’d better post now as I don’t know when I’d calm down for a proper post!

Eid Might be Tomorrow – Sambal Goreng

August 7th, 2013

After being so confident that Eid will fall on Friday… I’m not so sure anymore! It’s Eid tomorrow in Japan and Singapore and Malaysia. I’m still waiting for the Central Mosque to announce Eid and it won’t be until tonight but even though some local mom’s are coming over on Friday regardless of when Eid is, I thought I’d better prepare for Eid just to have a little celebration tonight and tomorrow.

sambal goreng

So, this is the first dish I made. Sambal goreng. There’s lot’s of version… but this is the one that I remember from my arwah tok (late grandmother). I do miss her… and my arwah embah (late grandfather)… I miss my family a lot.

I just came back from the butchers… it’s time to make rendang ayam for tonight!

Busy… busy… busy…

Iftar 28 Ramadan 1434 – Daging Masak Kicap

August 6th, 2013

daging masak kicap

OK I might be cheating a bit here as I did previously make ayam masak kicap, but… in my defence, that is counted as a totally separate dish as it is made with chicken and tonight’s dish is made out of beef ;)

So, tonight we have daging masak kicap, choi sum in oyster sauce, Japanese omelette, choi sum in oyster sauce and serunding ayam… oh… and tempeh goreng, which I air fried yesterday to prepare for sambal goreng for Eid.

Iftar 27 Ramadan 1434 – Kacang Phul and Otak Otak

August 5th, 2013

Just a few more days to go and I’m really running out of ideas!! But no, I haven’t repeated myself yet ;)

kacang phul

Kacang Phul

So tonight for iftar is a dish which is only known in Johor and Singapore… the much loved kacang phul.

And as a treat… I’ve been craving for otak otak, so I made some. It’s fish flesh mixed in with spices and grilled/bbq/baked in banana leaf.

otak otak

Otak Otak