Food had always been central to the Chinese Malaysian culture. There is always food in almost every event. We celebrate birthdays by eating out. Weddings almost always involved a banquet for lots of people. Many times business deals are concluded over dinner. Believe it or not, even in a funeral, there are lots of food.
I knew this would happen when I got home. The first thing the family would do would be to go out for dinner. It had been years since I got to sit down for a dinner with my parents and my brother and sister. And it sure felt good for me — I just enjoyed such a setting catching up with each other.
My brother and sister paid for the dinner today. It was quite a spread and what more, the total damage just came up to about USD$80 for 12 people. I can’t remember the name of the restaurant but it’s somewhere Taman Maluri.
Here is what we had:
Deep fried Pork Spareribs with honey. I love these things. I like wiping whatever little meat gravy on the rice — give a good flavour to the rice.
Hotplate Tofu. This was served sizzling — the sizzling, the aroma really entices you to reach for one.
Sambal Kangkung is a very Chinese Malaysian dish. It is wok-fried in a belacan (a pungent shrimp paste sauce) and hot chilli peppers.
Soya sauce chicken. I think the chicken the “kampung” variety — the meat is tougher.
Deep fried fish. Don’t know what type of fish this is. I like Malaysian fish. They are big and fleshy and fresh. Yummy … love this the most. I have not tried this type of fish preparation for a long time.
Deep fried prawns. They are fried with the shells and heads on. Parts of the head and shell is edible because they have been fried to be very crispy.
Scallops. Pretty expensive in Malaysia. Fried with green onions. Great with rice.
For sit down meals, the restaurants always provide a small plate of chilli and minced garlic. These goes well with almost every dish. They are very generous with these things.
So, what do you think? I certainly enjoyed this meal.