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Saturday, 25 October 2014


Malay-Italian Home Meal

Despite the fact that we eat out a huge number of nights each week we still like to cook at home! Sometimes we like to take our time and make everything from scratch while at other times we like a quick meal. This was super quick. While particular foods from certain countries are always appealing we do like to mix and match as well. This night we were trying a fusion of Malaysian and Italian - but a fast version.
The big question for us was - what to fuse with what? We decided to keep the base as Italian and fuse this with Malaysian spices and condiments. Do you call this Malay-Italian or Italaysian? Not really sure but it turned out to be quick and quite tasty too!

Our first dish, our starter, was bruschetta. First we grilled some garlic infused sourdough as the bread base. Then we chopped up some Roma tomatoes and some Spanish onion.

Finally we mixed it all with a quite spicy Lingham's Chilli Sauce. It certainly added some kick and combined well with the tomato and onion. Normally we'd add some fresh basil as well but sadly we didn't have any on this occasion.

So many people have told us that they use Lebanese bread to make a quick pizza. We've tried it quite a few times and they are a simple fast way to make a crispy based pizza. This version had a spicy twist.

Instead of tomato paste on the base we spread a generous amount o0f Happy BBQ Satay Sauce on it. Then some mozzarella and finally plenty of chicken breast and a few shallots for colour and flavour. It's a very quick very simple way to make a tasty pizza!

Our second pizza was another easy one.

We started with the same base of Lebanese bread but this time we topped it with Yeo's Sambal Oeleck giving it a nice kick.

Again some tender chicken breast and shallots on top completed it.

So simple and ready in 5 minutes!

So after bruschetta and two pizzas it's obvious what to have next - pasta! We grabbed some ready made tri-colour pasta. As we already had some chicken breast we simply  it with some Yeo's Sambal Oeleck, some Jeeny's Tamarind Puree, a dash of Lingham's Chilli Sauce and some Jeeny's Palm Sugar to slightly reduce the sourness. Once cooked together we added a sprinkle of Doree Fried Garlic on top and we had our sweet and sour chicken pasta. A bit less tamarind puree and a bit more palm sugar makes it a bit sweeter.

Even though we sometimes eat out every day of the week, we do like to cook at home and enjoy experimenting with flavour combinations to create something different. We do like Italian but often infuse it with other flavours to add a kick. Don't be shy to experiment - you may discover your new favourite dish!

Sir and Mlady's Malay-Italian home cooking was supported by the Malaysian Kitchen Programme.

Monday, 20 October 2014


Petaling Street Malaysian Hawker Food
760 George St
Haymarket, Sydney CBD

Petaling Street Malaysian Hawker Food is a popular place - and this is not surprisingly really as it has very good food in large quantities at very reasonable prices.

It's deceptively big as there's a ground floor level and a lower level too - but you do have to go inside before you see that there's a downstairs section. It stays true to its street food concept and doesn't overdo things in terms of decor and adornments. There's an extensive menu to choose from and with the varieties available it is great for groups.

The servings are huge too - we over ordered quite a bit - and you don't have to wait long for your food either - which works well if you're heading off somewhere else afterwards.

One of the staples of Malaysian food is their nasi goreng which is a tasty combination fried rice dish.

This version was served with egg, sprouts and onion stirred through it together with and plenty of seafood there as well.

You can sometimes just have this dish as a meal on its own or as a side - as we had planned - with other dishes.

We just can't resist roti. It's such a delicious treat with other dishes or even on its own.

The roti kosong here is described in the menu as hand made flaky bread that comes with a side serving of curry sauce.

We love roti so much we even ordered a few extra servings of just the roti. This version was certainly nice and flaky with great buttery flavours and very tasty.

We decided we wanted a combo type of meal and the combination fried crispy noodle sounded good. 

It came with crispy egg noodle served with beef, chicken, prawn, BBQ pork and vegetables in a tangy and tasty sauce. We loved the crunch of the crisp noodles and the wide variety of meats and vegetables that came with this tasty dish.

The hawker hawker style deep fried tofu wasn't something that either of us would normally order but the pictures looked great. Besides, crispy deep fried anything is worth trying isn't it?

This turned out to be a surprisingly good dish - with a lovely crisp tofu outer revealing a soft warm centre inside. As it's a mild dish the dipping sauce that came with it added some tang.

Another Aussie favourite we spotted were the satay chicken skewers.

Again it's a hard to resist dish so we grabbed a serving of six.

They arrived on a bed of sliced cucumber and onion and we were really pleased to see that it had a generous amount of rich peanut satay sauce on top - as it's always terrible when you run out!

The surprise package of the night was the marmite pork spare ribs. Yes it's clearly not traditional - but it was amazing! Marmite is used to create a combination sweet and salty sauce that coats the ribs in a lovely sticky glaze.

On the other hand, the fried koay teow we had is a traditional. This really nice meal was Malaysian hawker style spicy flat rice noodles with pork lard, seafood, beansprouts and Chinese sausage. It was a lovely mix.

While salt and pepper squid isn't a traditional Malaysian dish - it was on the menu here and we'd seen how good it looked when it arrived at another nearby table.

Petaling Street Malaysian Malaysian Hawker Food was great value, with lovely food in really good quantities and arriving quickly. It's well worth visiting.

Sir and Mlady's visit was supported by the Malaysian Kitchen Programme.

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Popping up across Sydney

Ever had a Sundweesh? We hadn't until the other day and didn't know what we'd been missing! It's basically a fresh tasty Middle Eastern bread-wrapped packet of goodness. Started by the lovely and lively Manar, we popped in to try them for the first time at their stall at the Smooth FM Chocolate Festival recently. They were delicious and we're so glad we got to sample them!

There were four varieties of Sundweesh available on the day we went - and we were lucky enough to try them all.Baroness A was with us and she grabbed the special of the day - prawn with slaw and peri mayo. She eagerly devoured it and was suitably impressed with the flavours and quantity! These suckers are filling! Mlady and I shared the three others - kafta with tabouli and hummus, grilled chicken with peri peri slaw and finally falafel with tabouli and hummus. Each had their own distinct flavour combination and they were all excellent. My favourite though, was the juicy kafta version whilst Mlady found it hard to share the grilled chicken Sundweesh.

Sundweesh are appearing much more regularly at festivals and events, but they also cater for corporate functions as well. They're easy to eat (everything wraps up inside the bread), very tasty (with plenty of filling varieties and sauce options) and affordable.

Sir and Mlady (and Baroness A) tried Sundweesh as guests of Sundweesh. Many thanks to Manar for inviting us to try her tasty creations!

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