Sunday, 7 March 2010
Pot Luck with an Asian Twist
Cousin Dinner round 20! (okay, I exagerate!)...
This time, we decided to do a pot luck instead, but the group kept getting smaller... (oh well!)... more for us to eat... We kept the theme, "Asian"... and it was fun...!!
Gula Melaka or Palm Sugar
Forgive me and the lack of pictures from the "preparation" stages, as I was busy slacking off, and washing dishes and preparing for the "chef"... *stupid Boy*
Screw Pine leaf's boiling in the water, to get Pandan (screw pine) stock
The Boy insisted on doing an Asian dessert, as I decided on the theme... and he wanted to do it well!
1 cup of sago being drained after soaking in water until expanding and boiling until clear/transparent
Even I didn't realise what he was up to, or the stages involved in it (hence the missing bits of information!)
Placing the sago into molds
"Sago Gula Melaka", he said! Like it was the easiest thing in the world...
Refrigerating the sago
Fine, it wasn't hard.. I was just lazy... and I thought he was insane!
Anyone realise the level of craziness involved in "Spun Sugar"? Well, it involves heating sugar up to 160 degrees, no more, no less!
And when the clock hit 7pm (the intended time for the guests to arrive), the Boy still hadn't started on the cooking of the mains...
The shaping of "spun sugar" into shapes, using the back of a metal ladle
Thankfully, everyone was late!
The creation of our version of "Popocorn Chicken" --> I don't know the recipe, the Boy just chucks things in the bowl too fast!
My wonderful "Nasi Lemak", which is 3 cups rice cook with water and coconut milk, with quartered red onions and 1 knot of pandan leaf
The "brush" of lemongrass to baste the sate (satay) --> oil and evaporated milk
The satay waiting to be grilled
So here we have a overall shot of the food!
I was worried that we might have gone a tad overboard...
Deep Fried Curry Chicken "Pop Corn" style
But good food, and good company does wonders for the appetite!
Cousin A's "Thai Red Chicken Curry" --> creamy and delectable!
It was a pity a few cousins missed out (yet again!), but never fear, we shall make it a bigger blast the next round!
Cousin T's "Jellyfish Salad" --> Which was very nice and yee sang-y!
Maybe I'll cook too, if I'm not feeling lazy ^_^
Cucumber and Red Onion for the Satay
Let not hail, nor thunderstorm spoil the mood!
Chicken Satay from the Boy!
I'm just rambling now (obviously) as I have nothing interesting to say and the pictures speak for themselves!
A pretty shot of the Sago and Gula Melaka! (Notice my little cow jug? It's so cute!)
I say "Well Done!", to the Boy... he put in a lot of effort (more than I ever would have bothered) with the decoration and taste of the dessert and it was magnificent!
A close up shot of the delectable dessert!
Can't wait til the next dinner session!
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