I have nothing…

Well, the other day, I had nothing in the fridge – no vegetables. There were meat and fish in the freezer…but the fridge was as bare as Old Mother Hubbard’s (I bet not many young people today would know her…) cupboard. I couldn’t go out to buy as it was raining heavily…and then I spotted a tupperware of cut pineapples. My missus often buys some to eat while watching tv at night…and suddenly, I knew exactly what I could cook – asam pineapples with prawns!

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There was a packet of asam paste for cooking seafood in the freezer. My missus used half of it to cook fish…or prawns once and we thought it wasn’t really nice. Ah well…I was not about to go through the trouble of cutting and pounding all the ingredients, so I decided to use what was left in the packet.

I just fried the paste in the wok, no oil added…and then I threw in some finely chopped Bombay onion and a few stalks of serai (lemon grass) and a while later, the prawns. Once the prawns were cooked, I added the pineapples plus a bit of water to simmer for a while…and some sugar to balance the sourish taste of the asam and the pineapples. Then, it was ready…

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To my delight, it turned out very nice…

…except that there was a strong smell of bunga kantan (ginger flower/torch ginger bud) which some people may find repulsive but I was ok with that.

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The best part, of course, was that there was no hassle at all – easy to cook, nice to eat! Yum! Yum!!! LOL!!!

Author: suituapui

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

25 thoughts on “I have nothing…”

  1. Potato pulak!!!!

    I guess he has hundreds of blogs to visit and post comments, so no time to read…just look at the photos. Even then, do they look like potatoes? Gee!!! He probably needs new glasses… ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Don’t really know Old Mother Hubbard but I know Miss Muffet! Ya, very creative cook you are :)!

    Hahahaha!!! I guess you did not belong to those colonial times…like me. So old liao! LOL!!!

  3. ong lai ong lai! (wealth come)

    I thought “ong” means fortune…good fortune? Never mind, also the same…so must eat ong lai more often, then can have good fortune and become wealthy…like Wuching! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. Yaya… kesian the skinny gal oso… come… ong, mali mali ong! hahahahaahah!

        Skinny people no ong…must be big and fat, baru got hock!!! So mali…mali…hock manyak-manyak mali to stp!!! Hahahahaha!!!!

  4. Stella, when will you be in Kuching?

    I think she said 17th…but don’t know her flight. Should be earlier…as she said Ah Sa will arrive later – in the evening.

  5. That’s why i call, the real chef, something out of nothing, and you don’t even have to follow the recipes good.

    No lah…this one, half past six chef – anything goes! Hmmmm…reminds me of that old Air Supply song – “Makin’ love out of nothing at all”. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Oohhhhh! I know that Air Supply’s song…my dad used to play it when he sends me to school in the morning! LOL!

      Oldies but goodies eh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2. from ‘potato’ and shrimp can come out ‘making LOVE out of nothing at all’ pulaks… aiyo STP! ๐Ÿ˜›

      Ya…expect the unexpected! Anything goes – no holds barred! LOL!!!

  6. Pineapple as a dish?? Very creative! But I don’t like sour stuff… ๐Ÿ˜›

    You don’t? Most women do… Looks like you are going to have lots of sons then… Hope Saucer likes sweet things. Hehehehehe!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Wait a minute, wait a minute… if you take sour stuff, you wun get a son? Is that what you’re trying to say, Cikgu? Really ke? If really… I will take a lot of sourish stuff when I wanna try for a baby! LOL! Last time when I was pregnant… I din like asam…or anything sour.. but my husband likes them!

      They say not the female…but the male must take more sweet things and avoid sour stuff. the acidity would kill off whatever chromosome and then, will end up having baby girls. Your hubby likes sour things kah? Usually, men don’t…. Maybe skinny ones do. LOL!!!

  7. Sorry dunno ‘Old Mother Hubbard’. If for me would merely finished the pineapple raw before cooking..

    You’re also too young then. Hehehehe!!! Something different for a change bah – we often take it raw with sambal rojak…so once in a while, can cook with asam prawns lor! Every day eat the same thing, also can get pretty boring…

  8. Nice! That’s what I call inventiveness in cooking. ^_^ Making really nice food out of available ingredients.

    Ya…what to do? No veg in the fridge, so for a balanced meal, I had to use the pineapples. Hehehehe!!!!

  9. Huh?! Pineapples and prawns together? Pretty good idea too! I might try this dish next time.

    You’ve never tried? Mu mum used to cook this – but of course, with her own fresh ingredients. They do sell this at the Malay stalls and shops…but not all are nice. Some are just ok and some add spices like cinnamon and what not, giving it a smell which I do not really fancy…

  10. Pineapple, a fruit that i won’t touch also, i don’t know why. I don’t eat raw pineapple, but when it cook, or it with pizza, i can take. LOL!!! Weird hor?

    Strange. Most females love pineapples…or for that matter, most…if not all of the sour stuff. That’s why you have sons – twins some more. LOL!!!

  11. What is Old Mother Hubbard??? Issit the Old Woman In The Shoe??? Ohhh… I got some pineapples in my fridge too… cut ones…maybe can try this dish…but horr… usually if I have pineapples…. I prefer to eat just like that with salt… either that, or make ‘pajeri nanas’ out of it. Have you tried eating pajeri nanas before, Cikgu? I like pajeri nanas!

    “Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to get her dog a bone.
    But when she got there, the cupboard was bare…and so the dog had none…” Pajeri is something like this too, I guess – pineapple curry…but with santan and all those spices. Not really crazy about those especially if the smell is too overpowering…

  12. i can imagine the taste of the prawns in assam paste….with the sticky gravy with the potatoes…nice

    Nice, it was very nice…and I’m sure you people over there are quite used to the smell of bunga kantan – it’s so widely used e.g. in Penang laksa. My missus is not a fan of the smell… I’m o.k. with it.

  13. Hungry… hungry…. looks so yummy… but so hot weather so scared to eat..

    I thought pineapples and prawns are cooling foods? Hot in Singapore eh? I think it must be raining cats and dogs in KL – floods in some parts e.g. Jalan Duta. Here, also hot!

  14. my grandma used to put ikan sepat masin in this dish. my dad said its good but when i was old enough to try, my grandma no longer cooking this dish ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Ooo…I love ikan sepat masin but eaten, just fried like that. They were telling me ikan salai with terung Dayak, masak asam is nice…but I’ve yet to try cooking that.

  15. wah STP, you’re so resourceful la! The dish does look very good!

    It is very nice…with the strong bunga kantan fragrance which my missus doesn’t like. I think West Malaysians love it – like the Malay teachers in my school. They even plant their own.

  16. so appetizing. Nothing left in the fridge can still come out with such a nice dish.

    Ya, it was nice! Went really well with rice. Yum! Yum! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. wow never tried this before! ๐Ÿ˜€ sour??

    Not really…as I added a bit of sugar, so it’s sweet and sour. You go to the mamak/Malay stalls in KK…I’m sure they have something similar, may not be exactly the same and like everything else, some of them may also be very nice – must know where to go.

  18. me terbau bau this dish dy.. sigh.. never ever read STP ‘s blog near midnite…

    or morning.. or lunch.. or dinner… sigh.. then when can read ur blog without salivating lah? during meal? ๐Ÿ˜›

    LOL!!! Don’t worry…no food in the next two posts and not really nice stuff in the ones that follow. Temporary relief! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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