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Worth Every Cent

If you’ve followed me on Instagram, you’d realise that I tried to subconsciously influence you to go for the Ramadhan buffet at a quaint place in the vicinity of Arab St lol. This time, I’m gonna be more blatant about it.

So, about 4 days ago, was the usual weekday Iftar date with my favourite fireboy. I have been aching to get my hands on some decent Nasi Sambal Goreng from Kandahar St; only to be greeted by a zombietown of a bazaar. Yup, serves me right for choosing to go on a Wednesday evening.

Dragged my feet browsing through a few open ones like this busy mini-vadai stall

and

my yearly must-have lemang fix stall (yesssssahh!).

My Nasi Sambal Goreng disappointment was short-lived when we aimlessly walked through Bussorah Street and discovered a much better deal at Bushra Cafe.

One that costed $9.50.

For less than ten bucks each, we got to choose a main dish from a choice of 10 types of Fried Rice or Noodles and a filled-to-the-brim table buffet of fresh greens, hot finger snacks, traditional Malay kuehs, tantalising dessert, ice-cream and a free-flow of hot and cold drinks. I’ll be quick to defend that the choices weren’t plenty, but the food tasted exactly as they looked.

Authentic and spot-on quality.

Costed a little more than the intended simple fix, but the food was a whole lot more than what my stomach had expected.

Some days later, my fellow Instagrammer friend @_raz decided to give this place a try. I swear I almost died from the responsibility I felt for recommending the place but this is what she had to say (taken off her IG):

“…I was so full till I got no room for ice-cream. Food was nice.. I love the kuih-kuihs the best! Worth every cent!..”

With slightly more than a week left of Ramadhan, this entry may come a little late but it’s definitely worth your every cent. Besides, this majestic beauty welcomes you for some heart & soul indulgence right after, only 20 steps away.

Bushra Cafe

Ramadhan Buffet: $9.5o/adult and $6.00/child

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Old is Gold

They say “mum knows best”, so my Mum’s Mum should know a whole lot better, right? Absolutely right.

My late granny was a brilliant cook. She could make the simplest of dishes taste so good. She could prepare you an excellent dish, the same time it takes for us to boil our instant noodles. She would single-handedly prepare an array of 6 to 8 dishes, all perfect, by Aidilfitri/Aidiladha morning when the whole troop of a family gathers at her place.

This woman, was made of solid gold.

So when she left us, all that warm hospitality and authentic home-cooked goodness left us too. See; the thing about most, if not all grannies is, they cook by eyeballing and palm-feeling. I have never, not once, seen her refer to any recipe sheet or measured flour or count the number of tablespoonfuls of milk goes into the mixing bowl.

But two years ago, boy, I was pleasantly surprised to discover a stack of torn-off papers that were severely browning – with most of her recipes briefly written in beautiful cursive scrawlings, and in malay; spellings that’d date back a few scores. (read: ayer, kachang, sa-sudu).

The best (or worst) part was, there were only ingredients and no cooking procedures! Yikes!

Still, I’d gladly share with you the recipes that my Mum and I have “de-coded”, in more posts to come. My late granny is half Thai, so I have plenty of Thai traditional recipes to share!

For this recipe that I’m sharing though; we have actually seen her preparing it for us on many occasions – you see, my Dad was and still is a huge Mee Bandung fan.

For chilli paste:

1 tsp Cumin

2 tsp Coriander Seeds

½ tbsp Shrimp Paste

20 Dried Chillies (clean, boil until it softens)

6 Chilli Padi

1 inch sliced Galangal

2 inch sliced Lemongrass

4 sliced Garlic cloves

4 sliced Shallots

For sautéeing:

2 sliced Red Onions

5 sliced Garlic cloves

1 inch sliced Ginger

4 sliced Green Chillies

2 Kaffir Lime Leaves

4 x 2cm Coriander leaf Roots

8 tbsp Tomato Ketchup

For broth:

1 kg Beef

600ml Water

250 gm Prawns

250 gm sliced Squid

For serving:

1 chopped fried Tofu (bite-sized)

2 sliced Carrots

Green leafy vegetable of your choice

Yellow Noodle (depending on serving size)

Toast cumin, coriander seeds and shrimp paste. In a mortar (or blender, you choose), add in the chillies, galangal, lemongrass, garlic, shallots and toasted spice. Now for those who chose the mortar, pound to your heart’s content!

Chilli paste done!

In a huge cooking pot, sauté the onions, garlic, ginger, green chillies – till the onions are slightly caramelized. Add your made-from-scratch chilli paste and store-bought tomato ketchup into the pot, and sautee till, as Sergeant Mum would constantly remind;

“Tumis sampai naik bau / terbit minyak, kalau tak nanti rasa maung.”

For the benefit of non-Malay friends (though I warn you that translating is not my forte): it is important to ensure that any sautéed paste (rempah) is cooked properly. Basically, it affects the final taste of whatever it is you’re cooking.

Now, introduce your beef to the sautéed paste. Mix it around for a bit, throw in the kaffir lime leaves and coriander leaf roots. Pour in water, bring it to a boil at high heat. After it’s boiled, turn the heat down and simmer until the beef is tender.

Once your beef is done, drag it out of the pool and chop into bite-sized pieces. Pop in the prawns and squids into the broth. Leave your broth boiling to reduce it by about one thirds of the quantity. It should thicken nicely on its own. No thickening agents, please!

Broth done!

Add in your chopped carrots, fried tofu and your yummy little nuggets of beef. Add in salt to taste. Crack the eggs, depending on how many mouths you’re feeding; and leave it poached to your desired perfection.

Almost there, guys!

To serve it- in a separate (smaller) cooking pot, scoop a few ladles of that tasty broth; the beef, squid, tofu and whathaveyou’s. Keep the heat on high. Drop the noodles in to cook it. This step is actually for the noodle to soak in all that flavor off the pain-stakingly prepared broth. Lastly, drop a handful of your greens, and cook for less than a minute. Cmon, there’s got to be some guilt-free ingredients, right? All that effort, in one bowl.

Well worth it because I tell ya, it’ll take your tastebuds for a ride.

Give it a go one of these leisurely rainy weekends; for your family.

A family that eats together stays together. True story.

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