I can do it…

I guess most everybody knows by now that I do not watch television at home but when I go over to my parents’ place every morning to spend sometime with my mum, if she is awake and sitting up, chances are the tv will be on and she would  be watching some travel and food or cooking show. The other day, this handsome celebrity Malaysian chef and his mum were on and one of the dishes they cooked was fried ikan bilis (dried anchovies) and potatoes. Potatoes? Now, that was interesting! I did not really pay attention but it gave me the idea of serving deep-fried potato cubes or wedges tossed with this very familiar dish…

Payung fried ikan bilis
*Archive photo: Payung’s fried ikan bilis with onions*

…and I was pretty sure it would be nice.

Well, the other day, I thought of giving it a try as some two weeks ago, my Bintulu brother-in-law gave us one buah sukun (breadfruit), a very huge one almost twice the size of a football. There are many ways to cook the fruit but my missus would usually just cut it into slices and deep-fry lightly to store in the fridge and we would eat it slowly with peanut butter or kaya (coconut jam) like bread. We still had quite a lot left…

Deep fried sukun slices

…so I decided that I would use them to cook something like what I had seen on that tv show.

It was already deep fried so that would save me the trouble of doing that. All I had to do was to cut the slices into cubes…

Cut into cubes

…and get all the other ingredients ready.

Somehow somewhere along the way, I got sidelined and ended up cooking something like one of my many versions of fried rice with the finely-chopped garlic, sliced shallots, chopped spring onions and chilies…

Ingredients

…and ikan bilis and bubuk (dried shrimps).

I fried the ikan bilis in some oil till golden brown and crispy and pushed those aside and then I fried the shallots and garlic, also till golden brown…before throwing in the bubuk and the chili and mixing everything well. Once done, I added the sukun cubes and the spring onions, sprinkled a bit of pepper (optional) and dished it out…

Sukun with pusu and bubuk 1

My!!! It certainly was very very nice…

Sukun with pusu and bubuk 2

…with the lovely taste of the sukun complemented by the garlic and the fragrance of the ikan bilis and bubuk and all the other ingredients that went into the dish, with no added salt or msg!

I think I can do this same thing with potatoes as well. Hopefully, I will get down to trying that soon.