WHAT'S ON MY PLATE: KAMPUNG STYLE


There's nothing better than going back to my hometown and to stuff my face with this good ol'fashion food. Honestly, I would say that this is a super healthy food 'kampung' style. You might be thinking, OH MY GOODNESS, that is so much of food but hey, that's how we love it. 

Those days, people who live in kampung is separated far away where they don't have the luxury to eat 'expensive food', they would cook anything within their means and whatever that they can find around their house. 

Let's go through one by one, shall we?

1. First stop, we have 'Ikan Masak Asam'
Ikan masak asam is a healthy dish that kampung people love love love to eat. Asam means sour, to basically is a fish in a sour gravy but its not that sour till you can't eat, its just a flavorful sour to it. 
All you need is dried chili, shallot, garlic, belacan (dried shrimp paste) -- blend everything together and heat it up until boiling. Add fish, tamarind juice, salt and sugar for seasoning, daun kesum and bunga kantan (I'm sorry but I'm not sure what's it called in English). Bring it to simmer. The best tips for this recipe is to not stir it but gentle move the pot to let all the flavor and ingredients combine. 

2. Classic Fried Egg
What a better way to enjoy that a classic fried egg with onion and thinly sliced red chili. 

3. Mixed Vege
Well, just because some of us don't like vege on their plate but doesn't mean that you don't need it. A mix of beans, cauliflower, carrots with some crushed garlic and oyster sauce, salt & sugar to season. 

4. Jeruk Petai (Petai Pickle)
As much as I hate Pickle, I do love Jeruk Petai but remember to fart far away from everyone because it STINK! Petai is a sort of raw vegetable that's good for your digestion and body but as for raw vegetable, they go stale fast. The easiest way to keep them for quite long time is to preserved. One way of doing it is by soaking petai with salt water and asam keping. 

5. Left over fish sambal
Anything that cook with sambal is an easy recipe. Sambal is a hot sauce typically made from a mixture of variety of chili peppers with secondary ingredients such as shrimp paste, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, shallot, scallion, palm sugar, lime juice, and rice vinegar or other vinegars. Sambal can be eaten raw or cook and add any of your desire - fish, egg, prawn, squid, crab, vegetable.. you name it all!

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