We made our own…

Last year, I was told that I could buy the best ketupat pulut at Simpang Tiga here on the eve of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, not available on other days – one day only in a year so I went and bought some home. Unfortunately, though it tasted great, very lemak (rich in santan/coconut milk), it was over-soft, almost soggy and too sticky so I was kind of disappointed and for that reason, this year, I did not bother to go and buy anymore.

However, this time around, my missus went and bought the empty shells from the market to make our own at home…

Ketupat pulut

…and yes, they were very nice. I sure enjoyed eating them with kaya (coconut jam).

We still had quite a lot left in the fridge that day so I decided to make some minced beef satay sauce to eat them with and these were the ingredients that I had…

Ingredients for minced beef satay sauce

– some minced beef, one finely chopped Bombay onion and two tomatoes, also finely chopped, two stalks of serai (lemon grass), bruised at the ends and a can of satay sauce.

I fried the onion and serai in a bit of oil before adding the tomatoes…

Onion, serai & tomatoes

…and then, the beef…

Beef

I did taste the sauce at this juncture and I thought it was very nice – would be great if used as a pasta sauce. From what I gathered from Peter, the Payung boss, I think this is quite close to theirs except that I think they have garlic in theirs plus he said that they would add some Italian herbs, just that he never specified which.

Finally, I added the satay sauce…

Satay sauce

…and simmered till it was a bit dry and I had it with the aforementioned ketupat pulut

With the ketupat pulut 1

It was all right – I did not think it was all that compatible with the mildly-sweet santan-rich ketupat

With the ketupat pulut 2

I am sure it would be much nicer with the plain ones…or bread or rice or even with pasta…

Minced beef satay sauce

…or with the taco shells we had that day or in those wraps, available at the supermarkets but we can’t have those as they are not gluten free.