: : Granny’s Famous Recipes : :

Had a request from Carla to put up recipes of Granny’s tasty dishes. Will try to accomodate that. Problem is that I’d have to wake up early during the weekend to catch her doing it. Anyway, let’s see what happens this Saturday. Must remember to sleep early on Friday night.

Problem is the measurement. I probably will not be able to get it write but hopefully, accompanied with pictures, I can work something out. Granny’s policy is if you like more of something, add more in! That was how I learnt how to cook as well. Important thing is to taste the food to see if it taste just right.

I’ll put up some of her basic tips on cooking food, especially the curries. Also, have to consult my nature-loving uncle on the English translation for some of the local vegetables. So, please bear with me.

By the way, I should be able to post a step-by-step shot of how she makes her tasty curries. Sunday is curry day so she usually makes an extremely big pot to last for the next 2-3 days. Also, I hope to persuade her to make Salted Fish Curry with Pineapple and Prawn. Now, that is a culinary wonder considering that the salted fish no longer tastes salty after the curry is done. But, not this Sunday. Gotta see if there are any pineables in the market.

Stay tuned to this blog!

: : Gamelan : :

You know what? Was so hungry today at dinner that I totally forgot to take pictures! Oh well, guess everyone has to settle for a quick rundown on the menu.

Gamelan is an Indonesian restaurant located just past the Simpang Tiga roundabout, behind Bank Utama. It’s a nice place that is not noisy and very cozy as well. However, there are a lot of mosquitoes outside so would be advisable to sit inside where the aircon is.

The menu for the night :

Cumis Sos Mentega

Direct translation would be squid in butter sauce. This is yummy and is always on the menu whenever BJ and myself head over to Gamelan for dinner. It’s spicy and tasty at the same time although a bit oily from the butter.

Kangkung Belacan

Found out today that kangkung is actually Chinese spinach from another website. Normally, this dish had so much chillie inside that it makes one really really sweat. However, today was a very mild version so we wallop it pretty quick. One thing about kangkung is that it is one of the ‘cool’ food that it will cool your body down pretty fast. Also, there is a wive’s tale that kangkung causes cramps in the legs. I can testify to that as well as some of my other friends! Another note about this veggie : if you’re not careful, you might be eating one grown in a drain. Yes, it’s a water plant and some small-time farmers do actually grow this in drains. It’s a hollow plant so if you’re cooking it at home, you’d need to rinse it thoroughly before cooking it.

Fried Chicken in Soy Sauce

Sorry, my knowledge of the Indonesian language is totally zilch so went for the English translation. I’m not sure what the spices used were but I suspect the chicken was marinated in soy sauce, sugar and unknown (to me anyways) spices. Still, it was extremely tasty.

Stir-Fried Long Beans with Tauhu

This is standard fare and we girls didn’t want to have a heavy meal. So, it was mostly veggie all the way except for the chicken. This was so-so because the beans were not cook until it was soft. I guess some people just prefer it a bit tough.


It’s amazing how a bowl of good rice can complement a good meal. If the rice is terrible, the entire meal is spoilt after that. I believe that the rice used is either the Siamese Fragrant Rice or the local Bario rice. The grains were slightly sticky and small as well. Very tasty. Yum yum.

So, sorry about that folks. Guess it was a pretty tiring day that taking pictures was the last thing on my mind! Plus, had dinner really late so was very hungry!!