Going through the motions…

Honestly, I just cannot understand how it is possible when someone says that he or she cannot cook. Personally, I feel that it simply involves getting to know the basics and going through the motions every time after that.

The other day, for instance, I decided to fry some mihun (rice vermicelli) for breakfast…

STP's fried mihun with char siew & roast pork 1

I had some leftover char siew (barbecued pork) and roast pork so I decided to slice and use those…

Char siew & roast pork

For kampung fried rice, I would use ikan bilis (dried anchovies) instead or perhaps, you would prefer ham or bacon, chopped into thin bits or slices or SPAM or luncheon meat…or even prawns or sotong (squid) – it is all up to you!

Just as when I fry rice or yellow noodles or kway teow (flat rice noodles), I sliced some garlic and shallots – two cloves of the former and one shallot, to be exact. The chilies are optional but I did add some sliced fresh chilies the other day plus two cili padi (bird eye chili) for that extra kick…

Cili padi, sliced chili, garlic & shallot

I boiled some water and poured it over the mihun to soften it…and once it had turned soft, I drained away the water. Of course, you would not have to do this if you’re cooking rice or the other type of freshly-made noodles. Then I added a bit of soy sauce to it and tossed it to give it a bit of colour…

Mihun, soy sauce added

You may use oyster sauce or other types of sauces instead, if you prefer.

To start off, I heated a bit of oil in the wok, say 2-3 tablespoons, and once it was hot enough, I threw in the garlic and the shallots and fried them till they turned golden brown and then, I added the meat and the chilies and mixed them all thoroughly. After that, I put in the mihun…and fried till it was all nicely done before I broke two eggs into the wok and mixed it all together, Once the egg was cooked, the fried mihun was ready…

STP's fried mihun with char siew & roast pork 2

You may want to add some salt or msg, if it so pleases you, but usually when there are enough ingredients used in cooking a dish, it would be tasty enough and I would dispense away with those. Anyway, one can always add more soy sauce or chili while eating if he or she would like it saltier or spicier.

Of course, you may vary in whichever way you choose. The Malays at their food stalls would usually add those frozen vegetables – a combination of carrot, corn and peas but I do not use those anymore as somehow or other, no matter how long you cook or boil, the peas would not become soft. So in the case of noodles, not rice, I would add some taugeh (bean sprouts) or cutΒ sawi or chai hwa (Chinese mustard green) if and when available.

So, there you are! It does not matter what you cook – it is usually more or less the same ol’ routine with a bit of difference here and there according to one’s whims and fancies. Give it a try – I’m sure you can’t go wrong!

Author: suituapui

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

29 thoughts on “Going through the motions…”

  1. I just finished reading your last posting “Treat Me Good”, another posting is coming out again.

    A new post comes out at 00.05 midnight…

  2. Oh mine, your bee hoon looks so delicious! Yum yum.

    It does? Thank you, thank you. πŸ˜‰

    Btw, thanks for dropping by. A warm welcome and thanks also for commenting. Will add you in my blogroll.

  3. some leftover? that’s a lot! haha πŸ˜€ nice…

    Enough for me and my missus for breakfast… At least the leftover meat did not go to waste.

  4. i loathe frozen vegetable. sometimes i ordered fried rice when i eat out. when it’s served i was dismay to find there’s frozen corn, pea and carrot in it. and i’ll pick them out one by one. no joke.

    Oh dear. I did not mind those in the past…but not since the peas became so hard… 😦

  5. I too don’t understand when someone tells me that he/ she can’t cook.Not good at cooking, maybe.. but not can’t!! Anyway, your bee hoon looks like it got lots of wok hei, loves the colour too… Selak rencah baru nampak bee hoon.. Lol! What happens to your footnote? No need to click anymore kah?

    My photos have been unceremoniously removed. Don’t blame them anyway – there’s been a whole lot of hanky panky going on…but it was fun and a whole lot of excitement for almost a week…and anyway, I wouldn’t want to go to the US, tickets paid for only – no money for hotel and to spend there. Wouldn’t mind a home theatre system though – can karaoke – sing my heart out. πŸ˜‰

    Ya…but I do know of people who cook with the best ingredients, follow all the steps loyally…but the end product does not taste good at all. Perhaps some people just do not have that special touch…

  6. Your bee hoon definitely has sufficient wok heat, looks incredibly good!
    I used to tell ppl I can’t cook, and I used to cook out of necessity and without passion. But ever since I hv learned to love cooking, it improves! So, I reckon the key in order to cook better is, to LOVE and ENJOY cooking a lot! LOL!

    Yes, I do think too that if one enjoys and loves cooking or doing anything for that matter, he or she will excel in it…

  7. hahaha everyone can cook, it’s just that if it is nice or not only. hahaha

    Once you get the feel of it, it will be nice…most of the time. It’s like dancing, just learn the basic steps and you can take off from there.

  8. I have an aunty who lives in US and I have not seen her many years…..
    I visited her once when i was studying in states..
    that time when I was younger I remember her special dish is braise pork ear..
    So when i saw her and ask her whether she still remember on how to cook braise pork ear..
    she told me that you must remember wrongly and I don’t know how to cook that dish…
    hmmmm…… then the next day she bought some pork ear and make that special dish..
    then I ask her why you say that you do not know..
    she laugh evil.. smart ppl try to be dumb…

    Hahahahaha!!!! Maybe she was afraid she would not have time to cook for you and you would be disappointed…so just wait and see and give you a pleasant surprise once it was done.

  9. errr, don’t see those who can’t cook at your own perception because you really can cook.. what we mean we can’t cook is that we cannot cook well, do not know what ingredients to use, do not know how to use the things skillfully, do not know the best way of cooking, and finally the finished product is so awfully tasteless or even inedible!! now, this is what we mean by cannot cook, you just won’t understand us because you can cook!! hahahaha~~

    Believe it or not, there are people who cannot cook instant noodles…and there are people who will simply refuse, saying that they can’t cook…and there are others who can and will cook but somehow, cannot get things right. I’m not talking about the last group…but the first two – I think they are just lazy, not interested and not willing to learn and much less to actually do it. At worst, they will be something like the last group…

    1. Betul Betul Betul

      I think it varies between want…need…and love…and whether hubby asks for it! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

      1. I sokong you and Kathy wholeheartedly. It’s all about if want or don’t want.

        Precisely…

  10. Cook can cook but whether taste good or not that’s another question.

    Once you know the basic combinations, it is hard to go wrong…unless you go online and forget about what’s cooking in the kitchen. Kettle of water will also boil till it becomes dry… How many guilty of this? Hands up! Muahahahahaha!!!!!

  11. It is 10.47am now..stomach still empty.. waiting for my girl to go brunch together.. looking at these roasted pork with meehoon is indeed…… ( no need to describe) I better go and hurry her now! LOL…..

    LOL!!! Let her enjoy sleeping late…you eat a bit of something yourself…and later, go out together for lunch. πŸ˜‰

  12. I think most of us can cook. The question is whether you want to do it or not. Not that you don’t know. Last nite I have malay fried mihun for dinner and today when I hop in to your blog I saw mihun again. Looks good and if got prawns and more taugeh, lagi best!!!!

    Yes, that’s another possible variation – fry with prawns and taugeh…and if you have prawns, it is bound to be nice. So sweet… Ya…like I said, it varies between want and need – some may cook because they have to while others because they want it and love it. Imagine in an isolated rural place, no shops to go to…want or not, can or not…will just have to cook and eat, never mind nice or not. Cannot say cannot already then…

    1. Nothing is impossible if you have the initiative to learn. Reading from the fifth line of your reply to the end, I totally agree with you.

      Ya…so to say that one cannot cook is not an excuse. Can cook well or not, that’s another matter.

      1. High Five, Shereen.

        Wah!!! Semua sokong, left, right and centre…sokong. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  13. Yeah I agree with you, cooking is not that difficult. Most of the time you can just throw together things you like, after a few times you will just get better at it. Esp Asian cooking, it’s quite easy to learn.

    Baking is a little different since you need to follow recipes and such and know the right technique.

    Yes, baking is not an easy task – I don’t have the discipline and patience to bake – measurements must be accurate, cannot do this, cannot do that, ingredients must be fresh, must be at what temperature…even before starting, I’ve already given up! And old man, cannot remember the steps in the recipe, have to go back and read all the time! LOL!!!

  14. I know someone who verbally told me that she cannot cook! I was thinking that either she is lazy or she just doesn’t want to cook. How can a person does not know who to cook. Cook instant noodle is also cooking mah! Hai!

    Btw, I like fried mihun. Usually I used those pork mince (in the can) and cook my fried noodle. Learn from my mum! Or simple way would be fried egg, vegetable and sliced chicken.

    Pork mince? Nice kah? My missus loves that with porridge. We may fry mihun with canned stewed pork – also nice…or clams in soy sauce (Amoy Brand), yummy…but these days, the clams are so small, will need a microscope to see… Hmmm…I actually know of somebody who cannot cook instant noodles…and also some who can cook but the instant noodles, not nice one – too much water, too soggy etc…

  15. From my humble experience while studying in Bangi ten years ago, the number of friends that I know hardly cook. To them, it’s such a nuisance. Buying a packet of mixed rice cost around Rm3.50. And with varieties of meat and vege and curry and braised meat sauce… My mum does all the cooking.. Probably most parents in Sibu pampered their children too much. I doubt the youngsters these days even bother to wash their plates, least to say cook a simple dish. It’s a sad scenario. Just like the kids in Singapore. I think none of them will say “My mum’s cooking is the best.” It’s very sad. Mr Arthur, sir. You should try to reduce your posts on which restaurant or cafe is the best in town. Rather start from scratch. How to choose the best rice. How to cook rice (with the rice cooker) How to boil water??!!! How to buy the best vege. Which stall sells the best midin in town 😎 The whole Sibu’s mums will be grateful to you when (at last) someone can teach the kids how to cook! You know lah, these kids are glued to the screen all the time!! Even a post on how to clean the dishes? Hahahaha…

    I do have a few posts with very simple recipes time and again like the one on cooking chicken soup for Foochow mee sua the other day. What you say is true – many doting mums/parents do not realise that they are actually doing more harm than good…and the worst thing is when the mum grows old or passes away, there is no one who can cook the dishes as well as she can while she is alive. Perhaps this is the fast food franchise generation – the McDs and the KFCs and what have you…so they are not in the least bothered that they will not be able to get to eat their mum’s cooking anymore in the future.

  16. Interesting post! A lot of my friends can’t cook; one of the reasons why I started a blog & posted my recipes so I don’t have to answer their calls one by one & explain the steps. Hahaha! I like to fry my own bee hoon too, on days when I’m feeling lazy……. Oh, thks for adding me to your blogroll! U’re awesome! Come on over & take part in my Giveaway πŸ™‚

    Most welcome. Ya…with meat or other forms of protein and veg, it is a complete balanced meal by itself. πŸ˜‰

  17. Actually when you find that someone cannot cook your headline means something completely different….

    Ummmmm…I would not ask you to elaborate on that… LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  18. I say I cannot cook because I’m afraid of tinkering with the stove πŸ™‚

    There’s nothing to be afraid of… Just have to get used to it.

  19. Uhh..you’ve gotten a new template! Nicee…got some colors to brighten the mood.
    Though I can’t cook as great chef (with high rise topi)..but I agreed that cooking ain’t tough. People who said they totally can’t cook is a good excuse to escape I guess. I think most important is to taste the dish before its served, then everything will be good. =)

    I was just fiddling around…and clicked here and there, trying out…and suddenly I found that everything’s changed in my blog and people have started commenting so I decided to just leave it like this. LOL!!! Most would be lazy…but so am I and there are easy recipes – no hassle ones, so no excuse.

  20. Love the mee hoon colour, look super delicious!!

    I don’t like my fried rice, fried mee hoon or fried noodles add in frozen vege, i will pick them out one by one and line it up on my plate. hahahahhaha

    Usually if we order fried rice at the restaurants or chu char here, they will add the frozen veg. I don’t use those anymore. Rice, I do not add veg. If mee hoon or kway teow, I would add tau geh, if any…and mee, maybe tau geh also or chai hua (sawi).

  21. Your fried mee hoon look really delicious, nothing beats the home cook foods.

    Can cook or cannot cook it’s up to individual they got the initiative to learn or not. Actually it’s more of lazy and lame excuses “don’t know how to cook”. But most of them will say I’m working full time, I got no time, I’m so busy, etc… One have to find time, make time and not waste time. I cooked almost everyday for my 3 meals even thou I’m working full time, I cook lunch before I left for work. My lunch will be at home with my son after school because my office is 3 mins drive from home. LOL
    Have a nice week ahead.

  22. Arthur, you not only can write, can cook, can sing. Rare find. Your Lucy is a lucky woman.

    Simple stuff, cukup makan…ok lah! If ask me to cook like professional – all those nice stuff you cook, I surrender!!! πŸ˜‰

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