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Sunday, 5 August 2012

My Grandmother's Mistake


You must be wondering what was it that my grandmother did wrong. My grandmother called this dish Mistake but I think what she meant was Beefsteak. 

This is one of my grandmothers dishes that I love. It is minced beef patties in a tomato based sauce. One of the ingredients in the sauce is a thick black sweet sauce peculiar to Terengganu. It is called "kayciap" and if I remember correctly, it is made from boiling the by product and leftovers from making "budu" (fermented fish). I know this sounds awful but this sauce is very nice. You don't have to use it and can substitute it with ABC sauce or kicap manis.

My Grandma's Mistake (Beefsteak)

For the meatballs :
- 500g minced beef
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 big onions, minced
- 2 tablespoons light soya sauce
- 1 tablespoons Worchestire sauce
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon cornflour


Sauce
- 6 tablespoons tomato ketchup
- 1 tablespoon Worchestire sauce
- 1 tablespoon soya sauce
- 2 tablespoons "kayciap" (or ABC sauce/kicap manis)
- 250ml water
- 2 teaspoons cornflour

- 1 big onion cut into wedges
-  cloves garlic minced
- 3 potatoes cut into wedges and deep fried until golden brown
- 1 tomato cut into wedges
- 1 small can green peas

Method :
1. Mix all the meatball ingredients until well combined.
2. Put in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up the mixture
3. Shape into patties and deep fry until cooked and golden brown
4. Combine sauce ingredients and set aside
4. Heat oil in a wok and fry big onion until wilted.
5. Add garlic and fry for about one minute
6. Add sauce and bring to a boil
7. When sauce is thick, add the fried meatballs, potato wedges, tomato and green peas and stir until all ingredients are coated with the sauce.

Meatballs before frying. I made 16 patties.
Deep fry until cooked and golden brown.
Potato wedges.
Mix everything together.









47 comments:

  1. absolutely delicious..

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  2. Hi Phong Hong, HAPPY FRIENDSHIP DAY.

    Your mistake sure look delicious and tempting. Wish I can have some now... LOL

    Have a beautiful Sunday.

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    1. Hi Amelia, Happy Friendship Day to you too! Hope you are having a lovely weekend yourself.

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  3. Hi Phong Hong, my mum also prepares meat patties using pork. She called it 'Bakstik' and uses 5 spice powder, no worchester sauce. She doesn't know how to use this 'ang mio tau yu'. Meat patties are always yummy with or without sauce.

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    1. Hi Kimmy, your Mum's recipe sounds interesting and I bet it is delicious using 5 spice powder. I used to eat something called "Ngo Hiang Tiau", it is minced pork with 5 spice powder wrapped in beancurd sheet and deep fried. I must check with my Auntie if she has this recipe.

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  4. Oh, I don't mind this "Mistake Beef". It looks absolutely so delicious! I loves the potato wedges, and everything in that dish.

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    1. Thanks, Mel! The only mistake is my grandma calling beefsteak something else, hee..hee...

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  5. Wahahaha!!! I remember!! All those mis-pronounced words my gram's nyonya generation used to say. Mine called this "beestick", for awhile there confused little me. Even the daun kadok was pronounced "longkalok", daun pandan as "lumpanan". Good grief. I was laughed at at the market when I started to learn to cook and asked for those ingredients my aunties taught to use. Cheez!
    This brings back delicious memories!

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    1. Oh, you too? Yeah, these ladies created their own lingo. My grandma calls tomatoes "alimoto" and guess what she calls grandpa? Yup, "Laling".

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    2. Hahahahahaha!!!!! Alimoto?! ROFL!!! Oh my goodness, laling, you crack me up!

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  6. That's a very funny tale :D and the dish is very delicious looking! you made your "Mistake" so big!

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  7. Oooo...meatballs! Mistake or not, that looks absolutely delicious. Would love to have that... Yummmm!!!!

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    1. If you are in the mood, why not try cooking this. And make no mistakes!

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  8. your grandmother are cute, hehehe, I love her mistake dish, sound so yummy, and Thanks for sharing a new sauce Kayciap.

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    1. Sonia, you have been to Terengganu and I wonder if you came across this kayciap sauce.

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  9. Please, stop torturing me.. I am feeling a slight hunger pang since it's nearing dinner time. LOL.. Can you cook me this dish if we ever meet up? I am putting on a thick face and asking you upfront.. LOL. I don't think the sauce is any disgusting. In fact, the ingredients is making me drool. Never had beef patties cooked this way before, and the dish does resembles a lot of Hainanese Chicken Chop. You know what, I would call it "My Grandmother's Gem". How can that be a mistake? Yumm.. yummm. yummmmm!! Huggss, Jo

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    1. Hi Jo! That's revenge for torturing me with your lovely bakes! Of course I will cook this for you if we ever meet up. And you have to bring your scrumptious cakes too :)

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  10. The name of this dish is so cute! This will be a great dish to participate MFF :D Btw, heard this event from Lena... Love to participate this event but clueless with Terengganu food :p

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    1. Hi Zoe! I can't really say that this is Terengganu food. If you want to try Terengganu food then, check out my Ayam Golek and Terengganu Green Salad post. Thanks for coming by.

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  11. I love this 'mistake' dish! Will definitely love to cook this for my family for sure. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Hi Ann, you are welcome. I am quite certain your family will like this dish.

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  12. This looks absolutely delcious and very homey. Must try this one day, thsnks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Esther! This is grandma's creation and I want to preserve this recipe by sharing with everyone. Do try it!

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  13. This dish looks really delicious! Reminds me of Hainanese pork chops but made of beef patties instead. Love those golden fried potatoes!

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    1. Most of the time, its the potatoes that dissapear first! Everyone loves their potatoes. Thanks for coming by.

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  14. when i get old and lost my teeth, probably i will also pronounce beefsteak as 'mis-take! i already can imagine how tasty the sauce is , guess it's a kid friendly kind of meal too!

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    1. Wahahahha!!!! You had me laughing out loud there. Kids will love this!

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  15. this does not look like a mistake, it looks perfect!

    życie & podróże
    gotowanie

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    1. You are right, Ola. Not a mistake and simply delicious!

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  16. just found your blog :)
    question.. since the sauce is fish sauce by product.. would you get the same flavor if I just used fish sauce?

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    1. Hi Toby! Hmmm....I never thought about that. The thing is that the sauce "kayciap" doesn't taste fishy at all. Why don't you try and let me know how it works out? Thanks for dropping by.

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  17. Loved your grandmother's Mistake. She must be a great cook!

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    1. Hi Veronica! Oh yes, my grandmother is a very good cook. That's why I grew up fat!

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  18. Looks like a nice comforting meat and potato dish. I love dishes that remind me of my Grandma, always warms the heart. Tasty stuff!

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    1. Hey Lori, nice to see you here! I agree with you that Grandma's dishes are heart warming. Will feature more of Grandma's gems.

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  19. yr grandma sounds real cute. i like her already whether this is mistake or beefsteak :). looks great!!

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    1. Thank you! My grandma is a lovely Nyonya lady and she used to cook lots of yummy food. She has since "retired" from cooking and I want to share her recipes so that they will not be lost.

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  20. I totally love this this, and your grandmother is a true "gem"...just love her 'mistake'...so classic, so funny! he,he! Smiling to myself!
    A comforting and super delicious meatballs, love the potato wedges and the veggies as well!

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    1. Hah! Hah! My grandmother is very good cook and she has her own brand of humour.

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  21. Your grandma is a gem and I used to have powerful characters like this in my family, well, that was once upon a time..... What Ping said brought the smile to me as I am familiar with those "words"!! It's been a long while I have not heard "lumpanan"!! Ping must be from Penang as there are many there in those days!! This heart warming posting brought back a lot of fond memories and the old days and the old folks I missed. This dish used to be our regular dish too when I was much younger but we did it with minced pork and in much smaller size. Fantastic post Phong Hong, keep up the excellent work.

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    1. Thanks, Stan! The older generation were certainly forces to be reckoned with. One by one we are losing them and it is only befitting for us to preserve what we have learnt from them.

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  22. Looks like it certainly wasn't a mistake. Saucy goodness. Thanks

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