I got it…

My sister got me this very nice sambal ikan bilis (dried anchovies dip) that one would usually find by the side in one’s plate of nasi lemak. If I am not mistaken, there is a lady selling it at her stall by the roadside in front of the primary school at Bandong, here and I would say it is mighty cheap, RM5.00 for a big plastic tub.

At one place here, I used to buy this at the same price for a very small plastic tub, the ones they usually use for kaya (coconut jam) and that one is not spicy at all so I would much sooner head to this stall and buy from the lady. As a matter of fact, I heard that she was fuming mad that day as she found out that somebody had been buying from her and selling it at RM10.00 per tub at one of the markets in town. Good grief! That sure is a very easy way to make money, don’t you reckon? Just buy and sell at double the price, no need to put in any effort whatsoever into the making.

Anyway, I did not bother cooking any nasi lemak of my own so I just ate some of the sambal with toast…

Sambal ikan bilis with toast

…and yes, they went very well together.

To go with the aforementioned for breakfast that morning, I also made a second attempt to cook two half-boiled eggs the old-school way – the way my mum used to do it. It did not turn out too well the first time and of course, I would not give up so easily. This time around, I used two kampung eggs or kampung chicken eggs…

Kampung chicken eggs

I think they are free range eggs or eggs laid by free range chickens left to run around freely in the kampung (village). They are supposed to be healthier as they are not fed with all those not-so-desirable chicken feed and what not and of course, they are more expensive. My sister-in-law gave us some and since I had those in the fridge, I thought I might as well cook two of those to eat. I do think, however, that I would very much prefer eating the regular ones as these do not have that strong eggy smell, the absence of which takes out much of the enjoyment of eating eggs.

Now, for some reason, there were marks on them using permanent marker so this time around, I washed the eggs first and removed the marks. I also poured hot water into the stainless steel pot so that the heat from the boiling water would not be lost once it was poured in or if it was, then perhaps the conduction would not be so much since the pot was a little hot already. When the water had started boiling, I put in the two eggs and poured in the steaming hot boiling water, covered the pot tightly and waited for 10 minutes.

Once the time was up, I cracked them open to see and yes!!! They were cooked…

Half-boiled eggs 1

…though I do need to be more careful next time so I would not end up breaking the yolk…

Half-boiled eggs 2

So there you have it!!! Half-boiled or half-cooked or soft-boiled eggs, whichever way you would like to call them, in 10 minutes, no more no less.

And talking about breakfast, many of the locals currently residing in Perth, Australia would probably be delighted to know that they now have kompia here…

Kompia in Perth, Australia

My cousin there shared this photograph on Facebook recently and tagged me. I would not say they are very expensive if one does not convert into our miserable ringgit as here, they are selling those with pork belly filling for RM4 something and the ones with minced meat for RM3 something, excluding GST, but the ones at the stalls elsewhere are 90 sen each, RM2.70 for three, that is if they have not jacked up the price like most everything else around here these days. Tsk! Tsk!

I guess many would know of this place by now – one where they can get to eat our Sibu kampua noodles (AUD7.50), Kuching kolo mee and Sarawak laksa and they even have an outlet in Melbourne (though the kampua noodles are a little more expensive than here, AUD8.50). I did hear once that kompia would only be available when there is somebody flying over from Sibu – I would not know whether they are now making their own and whether they are using the regular electric oven or the traditional stone oven that we have here as my cousin did not say much else other than the fact that they tasted quite good and her grand-daughter enjoyed it  a lot! Perhaps somebody in the know over there can enlighten the rest of us?

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Author: suituapui

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

14 thoughts on “I got it…”

  1. I guess legally there is nothing stopping someone from buying something and reselling it at a much higher price as long as there is a willing buyer. So is she going to sell hers for a higher price now that she knows someone is doing that?

    Sometimes I eat leftover sambal from nasi lemak with bread too. Good to see you made the soft boiled eggs that way you like them. Wah, so now people in Perth can get to get kompia. I don’t even know whether I can get to buy kompia in KL or not.

    I don’t know about kompia but my friend, Annie, was so excited the other day to find this place – East Corner Restaurant at 18G Jalan Puteri 2/6 Puchong that sells Sibu Foochow-style fried noodles and zhao chai hung ngang. Must be really good and authentic enough as she went again a day or two later. You may get kompia from Sitiawan, I wouldn’t know but if you do, it has to be made on the spot – they say it must be eaten on the spot, hot…or it will turn rock hard. Not the same as the Sibu ones, they have pork in theirs, the taste, texture and appearance all different. But I think you can get those like Sibu ones at Yong Peng in Johore.

    Indeed, not illegal to do that. That’s business – works that way, buy cheap…and sell for a profit as long as there are buyers willing to fork out the money, even at double the price. They do that not only with her sambal. There are people doing the same with the pulut panggang, the yeu tiao from various Malay stalls around here, I do know about those as well.

    P.S.:
    Oh no!!! Just checked out some blogs on kompia in Yong Peng. Looks like they are like the ones in Sitiawan…and they use an electric oven, not the traditional stone ones.

  2. I most likely would not buy the sambal… the kaya however is another matter… I’ve grown a small addiction to this spread. 🙂

    You’re not into such spicy Malaysian delight? Yes, kaya is nice – I would much sooner go for that instead of some fruit jam.

  3. I always like buying nasi lemak and mee goreng from those Malay stalls selling by the roadside.. Usually, their nasi lemak and mee goreng very nice, hehe.. And rendang too.. And ooooohhh, their kuih-muih like karipap sardin also a hit..Eggs? I’m not particular about eggs. I always buy eggs from AEOn every week without fail – Nutriplus.

    I’m not particular either but I do know some who will only go for those Omega 3 ones…or the kampung chicken eggs.

    1. I also like those nasi lemak those sell along the roadside one, is very cheap and tasty, but got to buy it in the morning, because there still warm, those late afternoon are that fresh anymore.

      My regular place here, by 11 a.m. they would start to lelong their things – buy one, get one free…and by 12 noon, they would stop selling – all unsold would be returned to their suppliers. Very good practice to ensure everything they sell is fresh and has not gone bad.

  4. I like this kind of sambal, but have not ate with bread before…

    Oh? They sell it at all the Malay kuih stalls here. Mini buns, deep fried and stuffed with sambal ikan bilis and cucumber slices. Malaysian burger, it is called but the girls at my girl’s primary school called it Doraemon as it looks like what the cartoon character always eats, the Dorayaki or something. I blogged about it long ago when I had all the very blur snapshots taken with my hand phone, maybe I can blog about it again.

  5. if only they have the sweet type of Kompia…the chu….something. I like that one

    Chu nu miang. I prefer that, and my girl too. Not really into kompia except for those deep fried ones stuffed with stewed pork belly at Noodle House.

  6. Coincidentally, I made an ikan bilis sambal sandwich for my lunch yesterday! I’m glad you’ve discovered your correct procedure for the eggs. I’ll have to try and find mine.

    Shouldn’t be too difficult. My mum would make for us for our breakfast EVERY morning before we left for school, so much so that we could not even stand the sight of them. Then when we started refusing to eat them, she would put them in the rice…and we would have them hard-boiled for lunch. People in those days would swear by the nutrition in eggs…and come exam time, Brand’s essence of chicken. Those were the days. 😀

  7. The half-boiled eggs look much better this round. Lovely.

    Oh. Sambal on bread? Never try it. I love having sambal on cucumber. Refreshing actually. 😉

    Yes, got the eggs right this time!

    You’ve never tried out Malaysian burger? Sambal ikan bilis in a deep-fried bun with cucumber slices. Should be able to get them at all Malay kueh stalls. I seldom buy as my girl is not a fan – she is not really into this sambal or most Malay kuehs for that matter except maybe a few like bergedil, wadai…so most of the time, I only buy those that I like to eat myself.

    1. I think I did once.

      I am sure but wait a minute! There are buns being sold all over with sambal ikan bilis filling. I know Gardenia has that! Tried before, pretty good. If I remember correctly, some make use of the canned sambal ikan bilis, not so nice, of course.

  8. I have never try sambal spread on bread but have try with canned sardines, Lovely half-boiled eggs and the yolk is so nice orange colour. Normally kampung chicken eggs are smaller in size as what I was told. How true?

    Another one who has not eaten our Malaysian burger. I guess you would not be keen as the bun is deep fried and you are very health conscious. Of course I’ve eaten bread with sardines…and tuna…and curry…and corned beef…and dunno what else. Yes, kampung chicken eggs are smaller so I guess if we use this method to cook regular eggs, we may need a few minutes more.

  9. The eggs indeed look different from the other normal eggs I buy… yes, I only know about the free range chicken is something like kampung ones, they called it that over there too in Aberdeen.. that means they are free to run about… so it needs 10 minutes to get half boiled eggs? The way they turn out are just nice… if too raw, I feel very geli…

    Taste different too, no eggy smell…so to me, not so nice. Like eating…nothing. Some people eat eggs raw…and one old traditional Foochow welcome drink would be fresh raw eggs in boiling hot condensed milk, only served to people they respected…and to show our respect in return, we had to finish the drink! I visited some relatives in the sua pah (jungle) once when I was a kid and we were served that…and I refused to drink. My mum was furious and kept pinching my leg…and gave me a good lecture after we had left the house. Poor innocent me!

  10. The sambal is cheap going at RM5 for a tub. I would rather buy than make it at home. Quite time consuming I think.

    Yes, and all the splutter and the mess too. I would not bother to make my own…and since this one is very good and cheap too, I would rather go and buy when I feel like eating it.

  11. sambal with toast! That’s a first but looks yummy! Haha 😀

    Another one who obviously has never heard nor seen…much less tried our Malaysian burger. Gotta buy some and blog about it soon.

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