Not even close…

I have mentioned in some of my earlier posts that we did not eat a lot of different kinds of fish during my growing up years but two that we would get to eat very often were the or chio/ikan bawal hitam (black pomfret) and the pek chio/ikan bawal putih (white pomfret) probably because my dad enjoyed them a lot.

We usually had the latter steamed…

– I do not recall it being cooked any other way.

As for the former, we would have it deep fried and served plain…

…or with sweet and sour sauce…

…but I do remember my mother cooking it in this other way with kunyit (turmeric) sauce. We used to dive in and help ourselves to the fish with our hands and our finger nails would be yellow in colour because of the kunyit for one or two days.

That day, I told my missus about it and suggested having that for a change. After all, there is a lot of sugar in tomato sauce so we should not be having that so often since I am on a low sugar diet. Well, she said that she knew what I was talking about so she got down to cooking it that day and this was what she came out with…

Unfortunately, it wasn’t anything like what my mum used to cook, not even close. There wasn’t any sauce at all, just sambal!

That brought to mind what my friend, Merryn, cooked using her mum’s own-made nyonya sambal sauce…

Photo credit: Submerryn‘s photo on Facebook

Of course, hers would be a whole lot nicer, her mum being a true-blue nyonya from Melaka. Why, even her photograph looked nicer! She did send me a bottle of the sauce…

…and I did get a box too from my friend, Rose, in Kuching

…once and even though it wasn’t her mum’s own original, it was very nice too and we did enjoy it.

Actually, if my missus had cooked something like the sauce in her nyonya acar timun (pickled cucumber)…

…or her pineapple prawns…

…it would come pretty close to what my mum used to cook for us to enjoy. Incidentally, I was glad, when eating the fish, to find that I had got over my problem of feeling somewhat put off by the exotic tastes and fragrances of all the herbs and spices in some dishes and I enjoyed it very much even though it was not quite the same.

I guess my missus can always try again one of these days but of course, we do not have any more of the fish left in the freezer – I shall have to drop by my favourite fish & seafood stall to stock up on more.