The bare necessities…

If you’re familiar with one of Disney’s earlier animated movies, “The Jungle Book”, when Baloo the bear sang, “Look for the bare necessities…,” he was actually talking about food, and this post is going to be about just that!

Ever since I was a little boy, I have loved luncheon meat. My mother would open a can and cut it into slices, and fry with Bombay onions and egg. It was supposed to be for lunch as well as dinner…but in the course of the afternoon, the pieces would gradually disappear and my mother would be furious to discover that there wasn’t enough left for dinner! LOL!!! I wonder who had been pinching the meat…

Luncheon meat with onions and egg

Now that the quality of the Ma Ling brand has deteriorated, I will usually go for the Gu Long brand which may not be as fragrant but for one thing, it is less salty.

Other than that, all my life, we would have Bovril (or Marmite) with porridge, or sometimes we would make soup with it. It was only after I got married that my missus used it to prepare noodles…and from then on, even at around RM25 a bottle these days, I will usually have my mee kua (mee sanggul/dried noodles) or even mee sua with Bovril for breakfast…

Bovril mee sua with egg and meat slices

Well, it’s Friday today and being the season of Lent, I am abstaining from meat and will be having fish instead. These days, at the Chinese restaurants, they serve all kinds of imported fish – snow fish or what they call Alaskan fish, cod, halibut and so on. Being imported, they can be quite expensive but the other day, I had this slice of Taiwan snow fish…

Taiwan snow fish

…which my missus bought for around RM10.00. I had it deep-fried but perhaps, it would taste better steamed. Personally, I would much rather go for the cheaper ones or the local varieties of fish – kembong or those similar ones, tilapia from Batang Ai, tenggiri (mackerel), terubok (Ooo…I haven’t had that for quite sometime now!), ikan buris and so on. Sigh! I wonder what fish I’ll be cooking today… Decisions! Decisons! LOL!!!

Maybe I’ll just have my usual kampung-style sayur rebus (boiled vegetables) instead – an all-in-one soup with prawns, baby corn, pumpkin and cangkuk manis boiled with a bit of belacan (dried prawn paste) and chilli…

Sayur rebus

A little bit of salt and msg may be added according to taste.

Well, I bet everybody’s ready for the long weekend. What are your plans? It’s my blog’s 1st anniversary tomorrow, so I will have a special post for that. Do make sure that you’ll come back and post a comment or more (…if you know what’s good for you!!! LOL!!!), won’t you?

Enjoy your weekend…

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

30 thoughts on “The bare necessities…”

  1. FIRST!!! now gimme my prize ๐Ÿ™‚
    oh god look at that… i really love luncheon meat….one of my favourite canned food. miss it soo much. its heavenly when fried with egg just like the picture.. but yeah, i notice its not as nice anymore.. i used to like the orange colored can but according to my mum thy dont have it anymore. not even kim tak. but seriously, anything with luncheon meat is it bread or rice.. much better than ham/bacon.

    So what prize do you want? Hahahahaha!!!…..They have – the Ma Ling brand, but it’s all mushy and not edible! As a kid, I liked it more than corned beef, and it’s definitely nicer than sausages or ham. Bacon…ummm…that’s nice too! LOL!!!

  2. My lunch today will be popiah ๐Ÿ™‚

    Tot it’s on Wednesdays only?…But the one at the laksa shack next to Grand Con Hotel, also not bad…

  3. Happy 1st anniversary in advance. As u know, I dont visit blogs on weekends. Never tried noodles with bovril. guess it will taste something like gu bak mee? Interesting.

    Give it a try! Much nicer than adding soy sauce!….Hey! Not counted! By hook or by crook…must comment tomorrow. Go to Gerrie’s, or go to cyber cafe! Otherwise….sorry, I will not be available this weekend. Hahahahahahahaha!!!!

  4. No, not the Rubber Road’s Wednesday popiah. Too far from my workplace liao. This one is from the small building in front of Continental Hotel wan.

    That’s the laksa place, rite? Not bad… Don’t mind the kolo mee either. Friday today, popiah no meat kah? Hehehehehe!!!!

  5. I always like to cook noodles with Bovril. So nice, no need add other stuff liao. Can puak dry like kampua, can add water for the soup version summore.

    Ya, when I was young, we had mee sua in Bovril soup sometimes but I didn’t really love it. Just ok… Better dry, kampua style.

  6. Someone will shit popiah today..hahahaha..still amused by yesterday’s comment.I don’t have to believe my hakka friends now when they say they that they drive all the way to Lawas to shit durian.Happy weekend and happy anniversary.

    What? You’re not dropping by tomorrow too? Wait, ah! I go and block your i.p.!!! Hahahahahaha!!!

  7. I had vege porridge this morning ๐Ÿ˜€ But I think I did see some meat in there O_o

    They usually cook the porridge in meat bone stock, anyway… Hehehehehe!!! Too bad…have to do other form of penance now! LOL!!!

  8. i never likey luncheon meat since young…
    it smells weird :S

    In that case, you don’t like Spam, ham and sausages as well? Or maybe you bought the mushy Ma Ling brand imitations that are really really yucky – both taste and smell!!! Ah well…one man’s meat is another man’s poison!

  9. Bovril with Foochow friend noodles instead of soy sauce… basically did since i was a kid.. (providing we tapau the noodles home to eat lah… you wouldn’t expect me to carry a bottle of bovril around town.. hahahaha)but bovril as the main mix for the mee sangul or mee sua.. that’s the first time.. shall try one of this day

    Ya…fry a bit of sliced shallots in a bit of oil, add half a tablespoon of Bovril and half a teaspoon of msg (or less), boil the noodles until cooked and toss in all that! Nice if got chopped spring onions to add, and topped with thinly sliced char siew! Hehehehehehe!!!! (Can add chilli sauce, if so desired) Bon appetit!

  10. Mix brovil with foochow fired noodles? Not salty mer?

    Some people have very peculiar eating habits! Hahahahaha!!!

  11. Err… fried, not fired. (takut cikgu marah!) heheh

    You missed Bovril…but never mind, TOC had “friend noodles”! Hahahahahaha!!!

  12. not really… it actually taste quite nice… you taste the noodle first and see if its salty or not.. then you add the bovril

    Not salty? That will be the day! And you should see the amount of msg they put! We put half a teaspoon but not them! I saw one putting half a senduk! Pengsan! I will always have to remind them – only a bit of msg!!!

  13. I just had luncheon meat a few days ago. The really good quality ones (and expensive too) with pieces of bacons in them. Damn nice! I didn’t ask chipmunk’s mom what brand was that. ๐Ÿ˜›

    The ones imported from western countries? They’re very expensive, at times over RM10 a can. Never mind, chipmunk’s so rich! But I still think the Ma Ling in my younger days way nicer than all other brands!

  14. I tot those china brand wan kenot eat liw leh? no meh?

    Where? When? All kinds of rumours…but don’t care lah! Not eating all the time. For one thing, they’re getting quite expensive…so better to eat the fresh stuff, can be even cheaper!

  15. hmmm… and you wonder why i’m balding? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Is that the only reason? Hahahahaha!!!

  16. oohh yah!!! corned beef!! how could i miss that ?? i rate them both equally good.. i dont know what the brand is called but the packaging is like yellowish at the bottom and red at the top, those are nice corned beef. bacon is too dry and hard for my liking. oh btw, i used to like the sausage sold in our school’s-shs canteen.. but i heard its cheap/lousy ?

    That yellow-red corned beef from China was also the best!!! And very cheap some more, but like the luncheon meat, the quality has gone down the drain and is not not edible at all. I buy Linkz…which is cheaper than the rest – RM5 something a tin! Not so much into sausages but I don’t mind those at the German restaurants! Yum! Yum! LOL!!!

  17. Re:clip,Uriah Heep,my hubby likes this band.Vaguely remember they have a song called Lady in Black,or Black lady,but can’t find them on the clip’s list,maybe I am mistaken. So tomoro 1st anniv,what surprises u have up your sleeves,STP? Hmm…if u gonna do pole dancing?can live with that!belly dance,don’t mind that too,can be interesting,but if u decide to play the role of Marisa Tomei in ‘The Wrestler”,PLEASE!do us a big favour,DON’T!….Hahahahaha!!! Anyway,WELL DONE! to u so will be dropping by tomorrow,come rain,hail or shine,I will be ‘kaypoing’on your blog!

    You’ll have to wait and see… Hahahaha!!! This is the ONLY Uriah Heep song that I know and love, like Nazareth’s Love Hurts!!! Rock on!!! LOL!!!

  18. So what is the total number of comments you have received up till your 1st anniversary? Can go buy 4D….hahahah.

    Yahor!!! Will go and buy tomorrow. Total number still increasing at the moment!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Believe it or not, I’ve never eaten Bovril or Marmite in the ehem, ‘4’ years that I’ve been living ๐Ÿ˜‰ so can’t really comment much on the taste. I do love corned beef tho… I’d usually fry it with some Bombay onions, cut chillies and egg, and have it with bread. Or mom would mix the corned beef with egg, then roll them into meatballs and then she’ll make her special tomato sauce and cook them together. That, we eat with rice.

    Wanna try a new tilapia or talapia (as what it’s called in Semenanjung) recipe? Check out my post on Fish Tales in my blog. It’s a recipe given to me by a friend of mine.

    Have a great weekend, you…

    You can boil some potato cubes and add to the corned beef with Bombay onions. Yummy! Some people use to make potato cakes – can’t remember the name – those made from mashed potatoes and deep fried. I haven’t eaten tilapia for a long time as Mel doesn’t wanna eat them since the time she saw them swimming in the kitchen sink. My missus bought live ones from Batang Ai… Hahahahaha!

  20. Have a nice weekend. No I won’t be going. The piper’s son here since Wed. Going to check out the luncheon meat on offer in Ta Kiong today.

    Imported ones? Like Spam, not so wangi…and very salty. In comparison, Gu Long is better.

  21. STP, want to pimp my column for a bit ya! ๐Ÿ™‚

    My second article will be published this coming Sunday in โ€˜Times and Chimesโ€™ column. Go buy The Sunday Post if you donโ€™t subscribe the paper. See if you can guess who I was talking about in the article ๐Ÿ˜€

    PS: I commented in the wrong post just now so here’s another wan. ๐Ÿ™‚

    You can buy copies and send complimentary to everybody! Hehehehehehehe!!!!

  22. So… you like the sausages found in german restaurant… interesting interesting… any reason in particular? *wink wink* and looking ever so innocent lol

    Now! Now!…You prefer Chinese sausages? Hahahahahahaha!!!

  23. Re SPAM…don’t buy the regular ones. I normally buy the “Lite” version, less sodium, less fat. But I really like their “bacon” and “garlic” ones..really yummy!

    OK…will give it a try!!!

  24. Ever tried marmite crabs. Wtf has a very nice picture of that.For your post tomorrow……guess clare will win 1st prize for most comments:stella for longest comments:yan for polite comment: Toc for sudden lots of comment and me for ????? SPAM
    p/s don’t forget to award never comment visitors like lindy.have an anoop weekend

    What? You think it’s going to be something like the Oscars kah? No lah…just a brief post! Then wait for the comments… Hahahahaha!!!

  25. wait wait. In case my pc “down” tomorrow I repeat my comments on your 100th post ya. I still SALUTE stp.

    What do you mean “down”? You mean in case your neighbour does not switch on his internet connection??? Hahahahahaha!!!!

  26. I love luncheon meat and corned beef. Although I have to agree that it doesn’t taste as nice as before…
    Going to Sibu tomorrrow for facial as well as surveying for a DSLR and a digicam…

    I see… Maybe we can meet up? I’ll sms you sometime…

  27. HAHAHAHA…from you no less than Oscar.

    Have An ooP weekend.

    Yalor…so dutifully posting every day to entertain everybody plus all the other services rendered like free chat box facility!!! LOL!!!

  28. Now lots of fresh fish in the Market – no need to buy the frozen imported ones..lousy taste.
    Look forward to see your special post..I always wake up at 6am – u still not updated. Hope you are early 2morrow.

    Wah! So early! Old people cannot sleep kah! I get up around 7… LOL!!!

  29. I want that noodle with egg Mr Flogger! I haven’t eaten diner and now I’m starving!!!!

    Come to Sibu lah…and I’ll cook for you!!! Ajil says you’ll be coming in May or April? When exactly?

  30. i loved luncheon meat as a kid, but now only take once in a long,long time because it’s just too salty from the preservatives.

    someone once mentioned the best tasting food are often the most unhealthy – what do you expect, with all the salt, MSG & preservatives??

    Moderation is the key! I don’t eat those stuff normally…but when my daughter comes home for the hols, I’ll surely open a can of each. She loves them too!

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