Caught in the middle…

This is actually mantao or steamed bread/bun…or our local steamed meat dumplings, minus the meat – only the skin, that is. But these are called hot dog rolls…

Mantao hot dog roll 1

…which are actually a teeny-weeny piece of chicken sausage wrapped in the mantao

Mantao hot dog roll 2

I bought these at the mini-supermarket near my house at RM1.60 for 5, so that works out to over 30 sen each. I don’t think they’re anything to shout about and I guess if I were to buy again, I would much sooner go for the kosong or the empty ones…

Mantao kosong

…which are sold at 6 for RM1.60 – less than 30 sen each.

We can stuff them with stewed pork (belly)…or anything for that matter. I had some leftover masak hitam beef in the fridge…

Masak hitam beef

…so I heated it up to eat with the mantao. Masak hitam beef or chicken is actually a Sarawak specialty and it is not masak kicap or meat cooked in soy sauce…even though it is one of the ingredients. You will use all the usual ingredients that you have in curry – shallots, garlic, ginger, lengkaus, chilli…all blended for use in cooking the meat which has been marinated in blended black raisins and soy sauce. Mixed spices, available in little packets at the supermarkets are used in the cooking too, as well as lemon grass and pandan leaves and thick santan (coconut milk) is added as well. Perhaps I can cook this some time and post on it.

Anyway, I just had to put a piece of the masak hitam beef with a bit of the gravy in the middle of the mantao

Mantao with masak hitam beef 1

…and eat…

Mantao with masak hitam beef 2

Ooooo…that was yummy! Anytime better than the chicken sausage, I tell you. Yum! Yum!!! LOL!!!