Friday, September 10, 2010

Syawal 2010

Today is the first day of Syawal of 2010. The ramadan has ended yesterday. I managed to cook my Raya meal last night up until 11 PM while on the phone with my family. I cooked Spicy Red Chicken and Peanut Sauce. Then early this morning, before I leave the house for Eid prayer, I cooked the Lodeh.

I was going to pray at the as-sabereen mosque but then I saw lots of cars already had to park on the main road, I then decided to go to ISGH. There was no one at ISGH. I open my email and double check on the prayer time. I was early then because the prayer will start at 9 am and t was only 8 am at that time.
After the Eid prayer, I met Gertrude. We both went to the Asian store and bought durian. I left the durian outside the house. Not only that the house will not be smelly but it will be easier for me to clean up.
Gertrude bake this delicious and pretty cake for me.
I cannot believe how hot this Spicy Red Chicken or in bahasa Melayu it is called Ayam Masak Merah. Luckily I knew Gertrude can stand the heat. But I forgot to dress this served dish with some cilantro that I just bought from the store.

The recipe for this hot and spicy Red Chicken is as follows:
20 pieces red hot Cherry Peppers
10 Onions
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
2 tablespoons belacan or shrimp paste
2 tablespoons chopped lemongrass
1 stalk lemongrass
1 cup olive oil.
5 pieces chicken drumsticks
5 pieces chicken thighs
1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
Salt to taste and 1 tablespoon sugar

Clean and remove the cherry peppers' seeds.
Blend cherry peppers with onion, garlic, shrimp paste and 2 tablespoons chopped lemongrass.
In a big wok, heat olive oil.
Fry the chicken until both sides half way brown. Set aside.
In the same wok with the used olive oil, heat blended mix until dry and the olive oil is separated to the surface.
Add fresh grated ginger and 1 stalk lemon grass.
Stir occasionally so that the bottom is not burn.
Add salt and sugar to taste.
Add the half way cooked chicken.
Let it simmer on low heat for about 15 minutes.
Serve warm.
Here is the cookies I served at my house today. Gertrude brought the mamacarrie and the pandan cookies. I bake the pineapple tart, peanut butter cookies and chocolate cookies.
What is Raya without Lodeh. Vegetables medley cooked in coconut milk. This Lodeh is very simple. I don't even add cabbage.
3 cups shredded carrots
3 medium size onions
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 packet fish ball
2 pieces firm tofu
2 pieces fresh red hot peppers
6 cups coconut milk
salt and pepper to taste

 In a big pot, add coconut milk.
Then add tofu that is cubed.
Add fish balls that has been cut into half.
Add turmeric powder, Worcestershire sauce, onion, carrot and garlic.
Add salt and ground pepper to taste.
Keep stirring until boiled.
Turn of the stove and serve warm with the white pressed rice.

This is how my plate look when I had everything in it including the shredded beef.
Eid Mubarak and Selamat Hari Raya dan Maaf Zahir Batin!


  1. Hello Zue, wishing you selamat hari raya aidilfitri. I was at 3E's place noticed your culinary skills....can see you have a black belt in cooking.

    Love your foods presented here as well your classy display. Sure would make Sheraton or Hyatt hotel F&B managers lintang pukang,ha ha.

    May I have your permission to copy your that first picture?
    I would like to save it for when I next blog post about Malay food. And of course will credit you.
    I love Malay food, as well my friends....

    Nak sign contract ke nak surat lawyer? Ha ha. Or kena belanjar teh tarek, or teh tolak....
    Terima kaseh in anticipation....
    Happy holidays, and keep a song in your heart, best regards, Lee.

  2. k.zu,
    U look different dlm gambar ni..
    BTW, semua hidangan tu menyelerakan..ayam masak merah klu extra pedas mmg my favorite. Bekas tempat letak biskut tu pun sy suka gak :-)

    Selamat Hari Raya!

  3. That's a LOT of peppers in your ayam masak merah! Would you believe, the Kuching version (at least the one I've had) is totally sweet, not hot at all.

  4. Askm zu, berbeza sungguh after so many years. Anyway love your cooking & gardening blog. Meriah sungguh. Macamana nak rasa sunyi. sentiasa ada aktiviti. All the best from here...


  5. Uncle Lee, thanks for the compliments. These blogs are enough to fill up my free times. Oh!Sure you can get a copy of my food picure.

    Dhill, this is the face without the make-up.

    Nate @ House of Annie, more peppers are better. I love this spcy red chicken.

    Imah, lama tak jumpa ya. I am glad you are entertained by my blogging story. Do visit here always.

  6. a belated selamat hari raya to you and your family :)

    u look good in pink! :D

    and as usual, of course, the food looks really good too!