Just do it…

I’m not really sure how to cook sayur masak lemak.  My mum’s was the best! My missus can cook it but there have been hits and misses, sometimes like my mum’s, sometimes not really. I guess those times, she just did it her way…like what I did that day.

We still had those sweet potatoes in the house and one was rotting away while one looked like it was about to sprout roots and only one was o.k. I did not think there was enough for two meals so I decided to add some potatoes as well.

These were the ingredients I prepared…


I pounded some shallots, garlic, chilies, kunyit (turmeric) and lengkuas (gallangal) for the sambal and some pre-soaked dried prawns and I had two stalks of serai (lemon grass), bruised at the ends.

I was still worried that there would not be enough for two meals so I soaked some bean curd sticks…

Bean curd sticks

…for use later.

I heated up some oil in a pan, fried the pounded ingredients till fragrant, added the serai and then, the dried prawns and when the latter had turned brown, I added the sweet potatoes and potatoes plus some water for the soup and to cook the tubers.

I tasted the soup and felt it was not quite there so I threw in what was left of the sambal belacan that I pounded that day, not much as there was only a little left. I was happier with it after that, so I added the bean curd sticks and half a can of santan (left over from cooking the laksa that day) and once it had started boiling again, I turned off the fire.

We did enjoy it…

Sweet potatoes/potatoes masak lemak

…even though it was nothing like what my mum cooked before. It was a little strong on the kunyit, lengkuas and serai but we were fine with the fragrance and taste of those ingredients.

My girl only wanted the potatoes so the mum and I had to finish off the sweet potatoes…and the bean curd sticks.

Author: suituapui

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

8 thoughts on “Just do it…”

  1. Nice bowl of mixed and match dish. I would love the potatoes and bean curd sticks too. I only use sweet potatoes for dessert, never cook in a dish.

    You can try the one with cangkok manis, sayur masak rebus, in my post the other day. A lot of people cooked and shared on Facebook, they all loved it!

  2. Never cook it before. Doesnt sound hard to cook.

    No, ethnic Melanau cooking quite easy, like Chinese cooking.

  3. Let me go and buy some sweet potatoes.. maybe I will do this style too one day!

    My cousin says leave out the lengkuas, add more belacan…will be more like how my mum’s tasted like. Will try again one of these days.

  4. I love sayur masak lemak. My mum’s and grandma’s were favorites at family gatherings. Gee..I must ask my mum for the recipe!

    Quick! Quick! Cook and share it in your blog. I sure would want to see how it’s done.

  5. Oh bean curd sticks cooked with curry, something new to me though. Normally my mom cooks it with pork belly and soya sauce.

    You don’t have it in fish head curry there? We do have it here alongside all the ladies’ fingers and brinjal.

  6. It’s hard to replicate the recipes of loved ones.

    Especially in the old days, they had this agak-agak (estimate) approach, a bit of this and a bit of that, no specific measurements.

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