Are you one of those who simply MUST have a sauce for everything even if it is just soy sauce or chili sauce straight from the bottle? I’m not talking about those dishes that go together with a special sauce, part and parcel of the recipe so to speak but I do know of people who must have a sauce and will dip everything in it and eat.

Personally, I am not bothered unless whatever I am eating is so bland, so tasteless or tastes so bad and when it comes to Sibu kampua noodles or Kuching kolo mee, some, present company included, would insist on it being white. I do not really mind it being red with the addition of char siew sauce but that would taste a little different, a bit sweet and not so authentic anymore, being a modification of the original recipe.

Likewise, there are some people who will only eat kampua noodles with dark soy sauce but I am not fond of it as it will drown out the taste and fragrance of the lard and fried shallots and in the end, all you can taste is the dark soy sauce. My missus, for one (and I’m sure there are many like her), would drown the noodles with a whole lot of chili sauce, not me.

Anyway, the other morning, I felt like having kampua noodles for breakfast and we only had the one with dark soy sauce…

My breakfast

…in the house. The ladies will only buy this as they prefer it to the original (with light soy sauce) and since that was no other choice, I just had to take a packet…

The Kitchen instant kampua, dark soy sauce

…to cook. As they say, beggars can’t be choosers.

For a change, I pan-grilled a couple of slices of bacon till nice and crispy and I emptied the contents of the sachets into the pan, one with the fragrant shallot oil (lard) and the other with the dark soy sauce. I boiled the noodles till soft/cooked, drained them well and tossed them with everything in the pan. I was thinking that perhaps I would be able to detect the fragrance of the oil from the bacon in the noodles but no, it was all drowned out by the dark soy sauce. Incidentally, whatever brand they use, this one is a bit on the sweet side, not quite like the tao eyew/kicap that I am more familiar with but it was all right. I guess when you are up so early in the morning, so hungry you would be able to eat a horse, most anything and everything will be all right. LOL!!!

I also prepared two half-cooked eggs and served them by the side…

Instant kampua dark soy sauce with bacon & eggs

…with a sprinkling of dark soy sauce and pepper.

That, of course, can be anytime better than what one can get outside and I guess everybody knows by now that I am not quite ready to go out to eat here, there and everywhere just yet. My girl’s school, being located in one of those not-so-safe zones, is one of the 8 that have yet to reopen. It seems that they go by zones nowadays and will impose a lockdown at a specific zone when the cases go beyond a certain number. The daily totals are, by no means, low and I doubt Sibu will ever be green again…so it is best for me, and everybody else, to just #staysafe #staywell and #stayhome.

Author: suituapui

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6 thoughts on “Sauce…”

  1. Must have chilli sauce for almost everything that we eat. Ha 😀

    Gotta stay safe at home.

    You same gang as my missus. So much chili sauce that I told her she might as well drink straight from the bottle. Whatever she was eating, where got taste anymore, only the taste of the chili sauce!

  2. No, I dont’t like to drown everything in sauce.I prefer to have them original, be it kolo mee, kampua and even curry rice, I prefer to have the curry served in separate bowl than to have the whole plate of rice drown in curry sauce. Like you, I am not bothered unless what I eat is bland or tastless but for deep fried fish, I must have soy sauce with chilli for dipping. I like how the two half-cooked eggs was done. Nice breakfast.

    In my case, not even for deep fried fish unless it is not fresh, not sweet, none of the lovely fish taste. I would want dark soy sauce for hardboiled eggs though…or half-boiled.

  3. Guilty as charged! I love sweet chili sauce most of the time especially on fried food. But as far as noodles are concerned, I prefer pickled chilies or sambal. But I do eat fried meehoon with some chili sauce drizzled. From what I had eaten in the past, I liked the kampua mee with dark sauce.

    Slave to sauces, it seems. Are you like my missus? When we sit down for a meal, she will go and get the sauces that she wants…and by the time she sits down to eat, we have all finished! ROTFLMAO!!! I must say that those little Tupperware containers with all kinds of sauces dumped unfinished in the fridge get on my nerves!!!

  4. Oh, that reminds me, I still have a few packets in the pantry! I prefer the noodles without the dark thickened sauce.. and I will certainly buy them again when this batch is finished!

    Aha!!! So you’re on my side! Great minds think alike! LOL!!!

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