Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Sambal Goreng Jipang (Indonesian Spicy Chayote in Coconut Milk) & Cute Name Cards
A comment on a blog which pissed me off (thus should not be mentioned here) has made me realised that despite so many Indonesian food bloggers I've found on the net, there are still soooo many people who haven't been introduced to Indonesian food.
I am happy to learn that many of us embrace different food culture with great appreciation and interest. On the other hand, I am so amazed to find that some are arrogant enough to pretend that they know everything about a specific culture's food, learning only from briefly skimming the top search result from wikipedia (Sambal Goreng Jipang = hot sauce Japanese style??!!!! WTFFF????!!!!), dig a little deeper, please! And some are even more arrogant plus ignorant enough just to dismiss other culture's food entirely. I hope I will never be the latter two.
Sorry for venting my frustration here...:p but blog venting is proven cheap, effective and productive, plus I still have to wait for my bonus for a major retail or travel therapy later ;)
So here's my take on the controversial Sambal Goreng Jipang (Indonesian Spicy Chayote in Coconut Milk)
- 4 fillets of fish of your choice, slice to chunky pieces
- lime juice, corn starch
- a handful of dried ebi (tiny shrimps). Find this in your Asian/Chinese grocery shop
- 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 4 cloves of shallot, thinly sliced
- A small piece of ginger, crushed
- 3 large red chillies, thinly sliced (remove seeds if you don't like it hot, use small chillies if you want it even hotter)
- half cup of coconut milk
- 4 small chayote fruit (peel skin off, remove seed, slice to about 3 mm thick, wash)
- a few pieces of beancurd puff (you can replace with firm white tofu, slice to small pieces)
- salt, pepper, sugar, water, olive oil
- A bunch of corriander, chopped
Marinate fish with salt, pepper, lime juice, a bit of corn starch. Heat pan, heat a bit of olive oil, add some dried ebi, pan fry fish fillets until the meat is throughly cooked, set aside. Wipe pan with paper towel, add 1-2 tbsp olive oil, saute the rest of the dried ebi, add garlic, shallot, ginger, chilli, add chayote pieces, cook until softened, add beancurd puff, add coconut milk, adjust taste by adding salt, pepper, sugar when necessary, cook until the chayote pieces are soft enough for you, add chopped corriander, serve with steamed rice.
It may not be totally authentic, but the result is close enough to the classic version normally cooked by my nanny, Mbak Yem. More importantly, it is NOT "hot sauce Japanese style" ;)
Now...what's up with the cute name cards?
Currently, there are a few important cards in my life:
- My HKID card: we use this to breeze through HK immigration electronically-how cool is that! and I will be fined HK$1000 (around US$128) if I got caught roaming around Hong Kong without it
- My Octopus card: we use this to pay for public transport and it is accepted as a form of payment in shops all over Hong Kong
- My California fitness membership card: without which I could not eat like there's no tomorrow and still get my butt in shape as well as dancing, kicking and punching my anger away (waaaattchaaa!!!)
- My ATM card: without which I would be either spending my days queueing in the bank or on the streets begging for food
Wait a minute! How about my credit card? Hehe...I hardly use it...I am suchhhh a good girlllll (pppsssst...not really, I use my ATM card to pay for my shopping sprees LOL)
Recently, I received a package from Foodbuzz and saw this cute yet mysterious little box:
I was so excited to see what's inside...and I found these!
How cute?!! and what's even cuter is....at the back of these adorable mini cards...
I saw my name, my blog name with blog url on it! It's a Foodbuzz Featured Publisher card, how cuteeeeeee, "Hi, MEEEE!!!" I guess all of fellow Foodbuzz Featured Publishers must have gotten the same thing, but this is the first time I have suchhhh adorable name cards!! So pardon me for getting over-excited :) Yayyy!!!
(hidden agenda to my boss: let's face it, my work business card is not sexy enough) LOL
Now....I am thinking to use this to pay for my next overspending spree...(to the shop sales lady: Whatt???!! What do you mean not accepted? Here, take my library card instead. Still not accepted? How about my business card? My organ donation card?...)