Sunday, December 14, 2008

Cooking Base

Most of Bidayuh original daily cooking are quite simplistic in nature. The basic ingredients consists of belachan, anchovies, chillies, garlic, shallot and salt.

As Bidayuh diet largely involves vegetables, they will cooked vegetable either stir fried, slightly wet or in soup, using the cooking base above. Sometimes other natural additional flavours such as lemongrass or fermented durian will be added too.

Here's my cooking tips based on my own trial and error;
1. Fry the anchovies until crispy first before sauting the garlic can enhance the taste of anchovies on the food.
2. Afterwards when sauteing the garlic, make sure garlic become golden before adding in the shallot.
3. When pounding the chillies and belachan together, it is best to pound the chillies first before adding in the belachan.

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