Wrong is right…

My girl was delighted when the mum told her that she would cook Sarawak laksa last Friday, our no-meat day. Usually, I would be the one doing everything but since she said she would do that, I just let her do it.

She did go out two days earlier as there were things running out in the house and she had to go and buy those. While she was at one of the neighbourhood shops, she simply grabbed one of the laksa sambal paste and it turned out that it was not the usual brand that I would always use. I always stick to the helang (eagle) brand but I’ve heard of people going for the parrot one.

The one that my missus bought was neither one nor the other but the label and the colours are more or less the same as the aforementioned two – I don’t know why they do that! It said A1 but there was no mention of where it was made, just that it was packed by this place here in Sibu. Well, since she had bought it already, she decided to go ahead and use it.

We had most of the ingredients in the freezer…

…so when I got up early that morning, I took them out to defrost – some of the prawns from the 5 kilos I bought that day and the mussels and seafood tofu, left over from our steamboat dinner last month.

My missus also bought some taugeh (bean sprouts) when she went out that day, a bit too early, I must say so I had to remove not only the tails but parts that had turned a little brown. I think those were what was left over from that morning so there were a whole lot of those short bits at the bottom that I just threw away. In the end, after blanching in hot water, there wasn’t all that much left…

…but that was more than enough – after all, we did not need a lot, just a bit for garnishing prior to serving.

I did go out that morning to buy the tofu puffs…

…that my girl seems to like a lot in her laksa. They do give those at the laksa shops and stalls here but no, you will never find anyone doing that in Kuching. It is just not a standard condiment in the dish.

I also bought some daun sup (Chinese celery)…

…that I chopped ready for use later and my missus fried some omelette and sliced…

…but she did not add any salt or msg so it was rather bland.

She soaked some bihun in boiling water to soften and soon, everything was ready. We put everything in a bowl…

…and poured the broth over everything and ate with the sambal belacan my missus pounded and a squeeze of calamansi lime juice…

Yes, it was very nice – the wrong laksa sambal paste that my missus bought turned out all right, after all. I sure would not mind using this brand when I cook this next time.