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.

Author: suituapui

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14 thoughts on “Good together…”

  1. All the above are great to have with porridge. I was surprise you add the century egg into the porridge. It never come across my mind to do that. Every time I just peel the shell, cut into quarters and eat on its own.

    1. That is what I would do all the time when eating century egg. I did not expect it to disappear in the simmering. Should have added after I’ve finished cooking the porridge.

    1. I don’t think they give this anymore. Ikan bilis is so so expensive these days, same thing with dried prawns. Sighhhh!!! Come to think of it, what is not expensive these days? Sad.

  2. Tasted those porridge cooked with century egg. Tasty. Although not a big fan of it, but it does make the porridge tastes good.

    Just had pork porridge on Sunday, hubby bought from nearby coffee shop with 1 portion of century egg and salted fish. My man complained a small piece of kiam hu was so expensive. RM3. Lol.

    1. Got century egg and kiam hu, RM3.00 is so cheap! Want to complain some more! LOL!!! There’s pork in the porridge too if it was pork porridge and usually they would use pork bones to cook to give it the taste and sweetness.

    1. Yes, a must-have among the condiments that come with nasi lemak. I’d prefer the ikan bilis cleaned though, the heads and insides removed – most of them don’t bother.

  3. Yes, love the combination of ikan bilis and peanuts. You are very diligent to fry ikan bilis, cook porridge and omelette for breakfast. That was a good breakfast.

    1. Other than the leftover rice in the fridge, nothing else so I had to cook a couple of things to go with the porridge. I wouldn’t want to eat that plain. LOL!!!

  4. I haven’t had century eggs for so long and I really miss them!
    I quite like the mini ones from quail eggs with some ginger pickles, but they usually serve them in wedding.

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