Orkid's Cafe is going to grant more requests!
wah.... bulu's masak lomak cili api?
ok tak? hihik..
how about gojes gulai lemak cili api? haha~!
lead suke pancake with kaya..ooooooooohhhhh sedap ok..
Lead, I'm granting one request at one time - so the next one will be Masak Lomak Lado Api, k:)
But neither mira nor lead told me what is the main ingredient for this dish. Fish? Chicken? Meat or game? Vege?
So, don't blame me for the next story I'm going to tell, okay?
My parents are currently the silent readers of my blog. I knew it. When I was not around, they would silently open this blog and read it. (Hello parents). Well, I don't mind at all. They knew about me and Jack. I mean, who said Jack is going to end up with Blair in Gossip Girls? Jack is going to be with Sha. Period.
When they read my postings on food, they made a suggestion about my posting. They asked me to write about someone they called Onyang Achor.
Onyang Achor is the aunt of my great grandmother whom I called Onyang Che Mah. She had no daughter, so she considered my Onyang Che Mah as her daughter and my late grandfather as her grandson. So, she was technically my father's great grandmother and my great-great grandmother. I've never met this person, but I heard a great deal of stories about her!
My late grandfather told me she was rich. In fact, I heard she helped him a lot. I knew my grandfather loved her for he would recite the Al-Quran for her every night. Since she was rich, she could afford to buy certain things which other people couldn't afford to buy before the Japanese came to Malaya.
One of the things the husband bought for her was a cabbage. Well, to those who are playing Farmtown and Farmville, please don't ask me to show you what a cabbage is. You can compare the real cabbage and the ones in your farm. I don't like the one in the Farmtown, it's ugly.
But Onyang Achor didn't have Flickr or Farmtown to refer. She thought that the cabbage was a big fruit and in order to obtain the flesh, she peeled off the cabbage layer after layer. Of course, she couldn't find any. So she said,
"Bangang buah ni. Takdo isi!"
And she threw that expensive cabbage away.
Then, her husband bought her a bunch of grapes.
Most of Negeri Sembilan dishes - especially the one they called Masak Lomak Lado Api consists of meat - chicken, beef, buffalo, or mutton. Sometimes they use fish or internal organs. Then they will combine the chicken with young jackfruit, bamboo shoots, bacang, belimbing buluh or pickled vegetables or petai.
Onyang Achor tasted the grapes and decided to cook Masak Lomak Lado Api Anggur. Hehe. You can imagine how surprise the husband was.
Then, the husband bought home an uncooked jelly. He mentioned that the jelly could only be eaten when it is hard. So, Onyang Achor cooked the jelly. It was still in a form of liquid after hours. She got so fed-up with it, she threw the jelly to the banana tree. The next morning, when she woke up, she saw a jelly - which was no longer in liquid form beneath the banana tree;)
I found that the story about her was quite amusing and funny. I mean, the way my grandfather and father told me the stories was funny and I could imagined a typical old Negeri Sembilan lady acted towards the modernisation:P
Onyang Achor should not be blamed. I mean, her husband did not explained to her properly about what should be done. She lived at the time when the world was not about taking challenges.
I, personally had done something stupid. I ate Nasi Goreng USA at this fancy restaurant. At that time, I was still young and did not know much about cooking. That restaurant served Nasi Goreng USA with green apples as the decoration.
When I got home and wanted to cook for my brothers (I think I was either 12 or 13), I sliced green apple and cooked it together with the nasi goreng. Yes, call me stupid but things were not that exposed even when I was thirteen. There was no blogs like Love's, MrsFaiz's, Kak Suzi's or Watierman's to refer to at that time.
For all I know, when ayah laughed about Onyang Achor, my brothers were laughing at me.
Well, it runs in the family.
The history by Onyang Achor has been repeated by me:P
Have you or someone you know done the same thing?
I know my friend's maid does the same thing. The maid cooked Kacang Hijau Goreng for her when she was small;)