Sunday, December 10, 2006
Sunday, November 19, 2006
" Apa Khabair ? "
Finally at last we have a dictionary.
Thanks to author William Gwee Thian Hock for his painstaking hard work and all kind souls who help in one way or other. The Peranakan Assocition for coming up with the initial financial cotribution to kick start the project.
You can find the dictionary at the local bookshops titled A Baba Malay Dictionary - The First Comprehensive Compenduim of Straits Chinese Terms and Expressions.
So to all Peranakans and Non Peranakans who love our culture get a copy and lets start to cakap cakap Baba Malay.
Friday, November 10, 2006
This is another Loak Embok Embok - Satay Ayam you can either use Pork or Chicken. Mum would add Doan Limau Perot...makin the dish smell heavenly.........
You would just need chilli, lemon grass, shallots, shrimp paste, candlenuts for the rempah. Pound them to a paste startin with the hard ingredients. Add peanut oil to the kwali sampay panas (till its hot) throw in a bruise lemon grass and add the rempah and tumis (saute) till it "pecah minyak".
Once the rempah is ready add your pork and chicken continue to tumis. Add doan limau perot. Pour 1/2 a cup of chicken/meat stock and continue to tumis. Season with salt to your taste.
This dish actually uses coconut milk but for health reasons mum omitted. Happy Tryin
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Bibik Soon Neo, a widow and grandmother, sheds her old image and adopts a modern lifestyle, calling herself Mama Rosa as she favors to be known. But the name "Rosa" can be punted as "Rosak" meaning "Spoil".
Her daughter, Theresa, and daughter-in-law, Lilian, both being conservatively natured, frown upon Mama Rosa's new lifestyle. Whereas, her son Bernard particularly, and son-in-law, Robert, accommodate and revel her new image, with granddaughters, Margaret and Barbara, adding further spice to domestic bantering. Alls well that ends well, as Mama Rosa's "mysterious lover" turns out to be a former neighbourhood friend's youngest son, who at her joyous Peranakan style birthday celebration, is revealed as courting her granddaughter, Margaret.
Monday, July 10, 2006
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
What is Lepat Kacang? In the just published book " A Baba Malay Dictionary" by William Gwee Thian Hock.
He defines it as a glutinous rice and soya bean cooked in a leaf packet. To me this is a simple kueh using readily available ingredients (glutinous rice, soya beans and grated coconut).
The Nyonya version of Lepat Kacang comes wrap in triangular packets using Doan Nipah (Attap Leaves) and is only made subject to the availability of the leaves. Sadly the Nyonya Lepat Kacang is very hard to come by here in Singapore.
I would have to wait for my supply from Malacca to enjoy this old forgotten kueh.....
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Why all the fuss for Ikan Kekek? Firstly it was nostalgia and memories of comfort food brought about by tete a tete with fellow Babas and Nyonyas. So to the local wet markets, I went searching for Ikan Kekek. In Ang Mo Kio the fish stall holders told me "Must Order" but they were not able to assure me when they will be able to get the fish. In Chong Pang the stall holder wife told me "Why do you want this fish, no one wants to eat it to little meat and lots of bones" A thought came to my mind- have we be come so affluent that we do not eat such fish any more? Is that why there is no supply as there is no demand for this fish or could it be due to all the land reclamation, over fishing???
What do you cook Ikan Kekek with? Well you cook it with a rempah mixture of lengkuas (Blue Ginger), kunyit(Tumeric), bawang merah(Shallots), fresh red chillies and belachan (Shrimp Paste) which makes Kuah Pedas Nanas (Spicy Pineapple Gravy) The rempah is boil with water or stock with the pineapple and season with salt and sugar. Add the fish when you are ready to EAT and boil till it is cooked.
Guess i will have to continue searching and maybe be lucky one day or not sing the old children song Ikan Kekek and dream of silvery fishes....
Ikan kekek Mak Iloi, Iloi
Ikan gelama Mak Iloi, Iloi
Mari adik Mak Iloi, Iloi
Menyanyi sama Mak Iloi, Iloi
Ada satu si ikan parang
Badannya banyak berbelang
Isi sikit, banyak tulang
Sedap di makan, masak panggang
Ikan Kekek - Common Pony Fish - Leiognathus equulus
Ikan Kekek is silvery with a brown saddle on the caudal peduncle. It has faint bars on the back and sometimes a dark blotch on the forehead. The anal fin is yellowish.
Like all species in the genus Leiognathus, it can extend its mouth into a downward pointing tube. This species grows to 25cm in length.
It if found in estuarine and coastal waters. It is also found in muddy river mouths and sometimes ascends into freshwaters. When freshly caught it exudes lots of slime.
Monday, April 17, 2006
Sayur Bermis was once regarded as a peasant vegetable and eaten by Nyonyas in the '60s. It is difficult, but not impossible, to find sayur bermis (duckweed), a dao miao lookalike, except it's rougher and crunchier.
How to cook your Sayur Bermis you can fry it with Sambal Belachan or Rempah Titek.
During my last trip to Malacca. I came back with 12 bundles. After giving away six bundles to relatives and friends ...Boy oh Boy did i really have my fill of Sayur Bermis. Come to think of it when will the next trip be???