Give it a go…

Hmmm…it seems that everybody is sick of the noodles and my fried rice that I would cook for breakfast in the morning. Ah well…whatever it is, personally, I would think they would be much nicer than having plain cream crackers or tasteless Osborne biscuits first thing upon waking up and anyway, as far as the rice goes, it would be such a waste to throw away any that is left over. At least, I make an effort to cook it differently so it would not taste exactly the same every time.

Like the other morning, for instance, there was nothing much in the fridge so I was cracking my head as to how I could fry the rice that would not be the same as my usual kampung-style

Kampung-style fried rice
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…Well, the basics were still the same – to start off, I still fried one shallot and two cloves of garlic, sliced, and a handful of ikan bilis (dried anchovies) in a bit of oil till golden brown.  After that came the difference from the usual – I threw in one stalk of serai (lemon grass), bruised at the end and fried that in the oil for a bit before adding a tablespoon of tom yam paste – the bottled one that I still had in the fridge, Nona Brand, and after stirring that and mixing it with everything else, I threw in some sliced chili…followed by the rice. I added a bit of sugar, around half a teaspoon, to counter the sour taste of the tom yam…and lastly, I added the eggs. Once everything was sufficiently fried and cooked, I dished it all out and served…

STP's tom yam fried rice

I had cooked fried bihun with tom yam paste before but this was the first time I was trying it with rice so I did not actually know whether it would be any good but I was pretty sure it wouldn’t be too bad. Why, they even have tom yam kampua

Tom yam kampua
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…at some places in town and even though it was not good enough to get me going back for more, I thought it wasn’t too bad really.

Well, as they say, the test of the pudding would be in the eating so I sat down and ate…

STP's tom yam fried rice

Wow!!! It was really very nice, you can take my word for it – much nicer than my earlier versions of fried rice, be it with dabai, tempoyak, cincaluk or whatever….and like most, if not all, of the things that I cook, there was no added salt and no msg used.

I am pretty sure that if I had added prawns and sotong (squids) like what I did when I fried the bihun, it would definitely bring the taste up to a whole new level. I certainly would want to do that next time…and perhaps, you would like to give it a go as well?

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23 thoughts on “Give it a go…

  1. Would not mind to try if you can cook for me :P but i think yea, seafood should work well

    Come! Come on over! I’ll cook this for you to try…and more! Plus all the best in town some more.

  2. My daughter would definitely not be tired of having noodle dishes daily. ;) I never complain about fried rice dishes either. But I will admit, I do withhold making them too much, just to add variety to my daughters meals. ;) But she would not complain since she likes fried rice also.

    I guess if one eats it cooked the same way every day, one may get tired of it so I will always use different recipes so it will not taste the same. Still, there are lots of people here who eat that same plate of noodles at that same place for breakfast every day and they never seem to get tired of it – it’s like their staple. Whatever it is, I do believe we should be thankful we have food to eat…and good food at that!

  3. Good morning!

    Compilation of your famous fried rice? I bet the list is longer than this?!

    Er tom yam kampua? No thank you. But I dont mind tom yum fried mi hun or any of your fried rice. :)

    Morning. I like this one most of all, also nice with bihun. Ya, I’d rather have the normal kampua but this is good for a change – at least, I’ve tried. ;) Hmmm….see any blogger com eto town, we can have a gathering at my place and I can cook this…and of course, other dishes as well. Quick! Quick! Who’s coming?

  4. My mum used to like to use leftover rice for brekkie too. Her dishes were usually savoury though. One of her favourites was plain white rice with milk, sugar and dried fruit – usually prunes.

    Rice with milk. Gee! Never had that…unless it was rice bubbles. Usually would eat cereal this way.

  5. Eh, I have been having the same thing for breakfast for a long time.. Milo and “soda peang”.. Used to have porridge/noodles/nasi lemak, but decided to stick to Milo and crackers after that coz I was getting fatter, haha..

    I think that would be cream crackers in English. Wouldn’t help me much as I would never eat them plain – the least I would have would be butter on one and peanut butter on the other, kahwin…and eat, dipped till soft in my coffee. Nice! I like! :D

  6. A hot cup of kopi with cream crackers or Osborne biscuits, that’s my breakie. Leftover rice, sometimes fried or make into porridge. Never try fried rice with tom yam as myself is not a fan of tom yam thingy, spicy & sourish.

    My masak kunyit is sourish and spicy also leh – something like that, perhaps a bit stronger. Tried the laksiam at Gerald’s place yet? Any good? Osborne? No, thanks. Cream crackers, I would eat…but not on their own. ;)

    • Masak kunyit is not as spicy & sourish as tom yum. If tom yum is not my taste then, laksiam is out of question.

      It was not really sour as I did not add so much of the paste plus I did add a bit of sugar and I don’t think there’s chili in that…and it’s not hot as the one chili I added was hopeless – good for decoration and colour only. Would prefer it a bit hot, not not hot at all.

      A cousin of mine went for the laksiam and she loved it – another cousin, the one back from the UK, had tom yam for dinner…and it was so so so spicy no one could eat it. Complained like hell when she was here and said our Payung is so much nicer… Too each his/her own, I guess. ;)

  7. Oh yes, tom yum fried rice is really, really good! I will add serai like you did next time.

    I would have added curry leaves or Thai basil too…but it was still dark and I did not want to venture into the garden.

  8. I stock heaps of frozen Charsiew paus siew Mai from Costco to steam in my electric steamer n they r as good as the dimsum place for breakfast on weekdays n fried rice n bovril noodles mainly for weekends n holidays. I love fried rice! N last nite steamed chicken cincaluk your style :)

    Wah!!! Fried rice so special, reserved for weekends? Nice, the steamed chicken? Bet it was…

  9. never tried it with cincaluk before leh…maybe next time will try la

    Fried rice? Tom yam nicer…plus cincaluk at your side – VERY salty and not as fragrant. Come, come! Come to Sibu and you can take a bottle of our Bintulu cincaluk home. Best lah…

  10. With the lemongrass, the fried rice will certainly taste very fragrant especially with the added tomyam paste… both blends very well together… yumsss!!!

    Coming to Sibu? I’ll fry for you…and we can call roseliew to join us too – see comment above! ;)

  11. master chef indeed :).. How is your monday so far. Have a good start to the week ya, amidst all the uncertainty around us.

    lol, the french-japanese Miam Miam restaurant, don’t ask me why it’s called that. They serve french type of cuisine, but with some japanese twist to it i guess. haha.

    Yes, “…why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes…” (James 4:14). Just came back from Huai Bin’s mum’s funeral – was my classmate and later, my colleague – we had a joint retirement ceremony, retired the same time. Not a good year – not even one month into the Year of the Horse, already two funerals. :(

  12. hmmm, can’t really have that “stomach” to eat rice early in the morning, what i have for weekdays for breakfast are oats with raisins and nuts.. weekends not included as i woke up slightly late and usually have brunch only, that would be some noodles usually..

    I would not have rice for breakfast, not even chicken rice…but fried rice and porridge are fine or I would have noodles. Bread, once in a while…not often – they say the bakery ones contain a lot of preservatives, so can last so long. Would love to have a bread maker but my birthday and Christmas are still so far away. :(

  13. this looks like real comfort food! i can imagine there won’t be any leftovers if you served this at a pot-luck :D

    Yeah, that’s a great suggestion. In fact I’ve a pot luck party coming up at the end of the month so this would be something I could bring along. Now the toss would be between rice and bihun… Decisions! Decisions!

  14. Oh…i like tom yam fried rice, but not everyone can get it right. Last time there is a malay stall at the food court at my office building, their tom yam fried rice is good.

    You can try mine when you come back. ;)

  15. Wow wow wow! Tom yam fried rice! I love tom yam and I’m sure this tastes really good though I’ve not try tom yam fried rice before. You got me salivating there already!

    Give it a try. Easy to cook, nice to eat!

  16. I always love fried rice, any types also can, hehehe!

    Me too! As long as there’s no msg overload…like at many of those places outside.

  17. Rice! YAY! I have been working with different rices again lately! Posted about a Black Rice a few days ago!

    Black rice? If it’s the unpolished variety, that is supposed to be very healthy. Not too sure about the black glutinous or sticky rice…but I love that. Makes very nice dessert.

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