Saturday, August 27, 2016

Sambal Serai Bidayuh

Samal Sorai (Lemongrass Sambal)

Sambal Serai Bidayuh

This dish is typical to the Bidayuh ethnic. Lemongrass are easily available as it is kind of a must herb to be planted at the house compound. Since lemongrass is pretty fibrous, it is cut finely before being pounded further. This dish is very aromatic and nice to be eaten with hot plain rice.

Ingredient :
6 lemongrass stalk
small handful of anchovies
3 cloves Garlic
3 nos Shallot
Chillies - quantity depended on your spice tolerance level
Thumbsize belacan (shrimp paste)

Method :
1. Cut lemongrass finely and pound using pestle and mortar
2. Pound anchovies
3. Pound garlic, shallot, chillies and belacan together
4. Heat up cooking oil. Stir fried the anchovies until crispy.
5. Add in garlic, shallot, chillies and belacan mixture. Saute until fragrant.
6. Add in lemongrass. Add salt to taste. Stir frequently and let it cook until golden.
7. Serve immediately. Can be keep well

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Aye' Pulut (Pulut Goreng)

Glutinous Rice Fritters

Aye' Pulut (Pulut Goreng)

This fritters is very well known within the Orang Ulu community. I saw this fritters sold at a popular Orang Ulu's restaurant in Miri but I never tried it. I got the recipe and method from my Kelabit ex-colleague. Its very simple to be made and since I like glutinous rice in any form of cooking, I took to it naturally. The fritters is crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside.

Ingredient :
(Serves 4 pax)
1 cup of glutinous rice (soak for few hours until brittle)
1/4 cup of sugar or less
Few tablespoons of water
Cooking oil for deep frying

Method :
1. Toss the glutinous rice and let it dry enough. You can use pestle & mortar, dry miller or food processor to make glutinous rice flour. Although it is not necessary to sieve,  I preferred to do so to ensure consistency (good mixture of fine and slightly coarse flour).
2. Mix in the sugar and toss evenly.
3. Add in few tablespoons of water and mix slowly to form a dough. Add in few more drop until it can be moulded.
4. Deep fry in medium low heat. Turn it over frequently to ensure even coloration

To replace glutinous rice, one can use a mixture of glutinous rice flour and rice flour with a ratio of 4:1.

Recipe guide as advised by : Mdm Alvina ULB

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Cili Hijau Goreng ang Pusuk

Fried Green Chillies with Anchovies

When I first came to Miri, I was very surprised to find that the young chillies (green chillies) were being treated as vegetables dish, and not as a heat element, condiment or garnish. It can be found at the tamu, ready-cut a longish-side and sold at RM2 per plate. I had an excess of big chillies that I planted at my backyard last month, so I harvest them young and made this.

This dish is very common among the Orang Ulu's, and can be found at their restaurants around Miri. This is a 3-ingredient dish that is so easy to be made, can be whipped out anytime.

Cooking Oil
Green Chillies (mild type preferred)

Method :
1. Wash anchovies and drain.
2. Cut onion and green chillies. In my photo I cut it short -sideways. Deseed if needed.
3. Heat up oil and fried anchovies until crispy. Put aside.
4. Using the same oil, saute onion until fragrant. Move to one side of the wok.
5. Add in chillies. Saute until fragrant and soften. Toss with onion evenly.
6. Turn off heat. Add the anchovies in the wok and toss lightly.
7. Serve.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Udang Masak Asam Pedas Sarawak

This dish has a similarity to the Peninsular Malaysia version of cooking Asam Pedas, with a difference that the sourish taste is produced by the Terung Dayak or Terung Asam, minus the fresh herbs such as daun kesum or daun kantan. This is a good example of how Terung Dayak usage has become versatile given its unique and mild sourish flavor.

250gm prawn, or any type of fish
1 Terung Asam (terung dayak or terung iban)
1 Shallot
2 cloves garlic
6 dried chilies or cili boh
2-3 bird eyes chillies
1 stalk lemongrass (pound)

2tbs cooking oil
3 cups of Water

1. Pound or blend shallot, garlic, chillies
2. Sauté the above until fragrant
3. Add water, terung asam and lemongrass.
4. Once terung asam turns translucent, add in prawn. Cooked for another 3 minutes.
5. Season with salt, MSG/sugar

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Paku Kubok@ Uban Masak Halia

Pucuk Paku Kubok @ Uban Masak Halia
Previous post and introduction to Pucuk Paku Kubok or also known as Paku Uban here.

Among the older generation of the Iban, pucuk paku kubok is believed to have its health benefit whereby it is consumed during confinement period. It is believed that the consumption can increase the production of breast milk for lactating mothers.

This version of pucuk paku kubok is cooked in a very healthy manner. No oil is use and ginger is used to reduced the 'wind' and to provide heat to the body. The amount of salt is also limited to about a pinch.

1. Pucuk paku kubok
2. Garlic
3. Anchovies (optional. you may fry separately)
4. Ginger
5. A pinch of salt
6. Half cup of water

1. Toast garlic and ginger on a pan without any oil.
2. Once fragrant, add in half a cup of water.
3. Add-in paku kubok and stir until tender.
4. Add in anchovies for additional flavor, and a pinch of salt.
5. Eaten hot.