Good together…

These two go so well together -the fried ikan bilis (dried anchovies) and peanuts…

In the good old days when I could drink, I used to frequent those places like pubs and cocktail lounges to listen to some live music and have a drink or two and more often than not, they would give this winning combination to go with the drinks.

Incidentally, it was at one of my favourite hangout spots, Crossroads at Concorde KL that I bumped into Jac Victor, remember her – our first Malaysian Idol but no, I did not drop by anywhere for a drink that morning and got that to munch. Those were the days – I no longer touch a drop anymore.

I fried some ikan bilis because there was some leftover rice in the fridge and I decided that I would have porridge for breakfast again. It so happened that my missus had toasted some peanuts in the oven and kept them in a bottle so I just took a bit and enjoyed the two together with my porridge.

Now, that wasn’t the only thing I did. There was one century egg or pídàn left in the house so I peeled it and cut it into bits and added it to my porridge…

Much to my surprise, it seemed to melt away completely in the simmering. I was somewhat disappointed as I wanted to eat those little bits of the egg. In the end, all I had left was its very light taste in the porridge. If I had known, I would have served it separately and eaten it little by little while I enjoyed the porridge at the same time.

Luckily, I had the ikan bilis & peanut combo and I also fried an omelette…

…with a sprinkling of some chopped spring onion from my garden so I did not have to eat that almost-plain bowl of porridge on its own.