Thursday, 17 November 2016

DIY Nasi Campur


Last week I subsisted on nasi campur from the van hah..hah... I couldn't help it. I love Malay food. But...

..with all due respect to the person who cooked the dishes, I was not 100% satisfied, tastewise. I am very sure most of you out there can cook better, yes?

Let me show you what I ate from the van.

Tempeh, paru, daging and long beans.

RM8.00

Then another day, ayam, hati/pedal, daging and again, long beans.

RM8.50

Then I decided that I should go back to making my own lunches again. Thus began my story of self-torture. 

So there. Here are the results of spending many hours slaving in the kitchen.

Rice, tempeh, beef and acar.

Nasi goreng, tempeh, acar and daging masak hitam.

Rice, beef curry, acar and coleslaw.

Nasi goreng, tempeh, acar and sambal tempoyak.

It was tiring. There was a ton of pots, pan, dishes dan lain-lain yang sewaktu dengannya to be washed. I was in the kitchen from 11:00am (came back from grocery run) until 4:30pm. And even then, the crock pot and rice cooker was not washed yet.

To be fair, quite a bit of time was also taken up by my photo shoots wahahahaha!!


Some of the dishes (daging masak hitam and beef curry) were cooked a week or two ago and defrosted from the freezer. 

Was it worth it? Honestly, I felt overwhelmed. But when I ate my lunch at the office and enjoyed it so much, I felt rewarded. Good food from home takes time and effort.

But no. No, no, no,no. I am not going to do this every weekend >.<

36 comments:

  1. How i wish i stay near you, can take order from you, hehe...

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  2. You're not 100% satisfied because you're an excellent cook! But, if it was me, I can't cook half nearly as good (most of the dishes I wouldn't even know where to begin), so everything I eat from this one Malay mixed rice shop in my neighbourhood tastes absolutely divine. Plus I don't have to be a slave in the kitchen, so it's a win-win situation for me...haha! ;D

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    1. Oh...I am swooning with the flattery hah..hah... I believe that the cook at the Malay mixed rice shop in your neighborhood is doing a good job, hence the divine tasting food. There used to be one opposite my old office but sadly they closed some years ago.

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  3. Yours are much more beautiful and interesting. You are a very hardworking and creative cook.

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    1. Thank you, thank you. I wanted some good food so the only way is to cook it myself.

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  4. Wow! Wow! You were so hardworking in the kitchen. Your dishes looked tasty and colourful to please anyone! It is good that you felt rewarded and that would make the food more delicious with happiness.

    I really understand all the hard work those mixed rice cooks had to endure in the hot kitchen from 5am till 10am to get ready for the daily lunch crowds. That's why I forbid my wife from cooking more than 2 dishes as she would be exhausted when she tried to cook 3-5 dishes. At the dining table, she would look worn out with messy hair and tired face plus so much pots & pans waiting to be washed. If I commented that the food was not good enough like how it should be, hell might break loose. Wakakakaka

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    1. I agree that there is a lot of hard work involved. I was so tired! The weekend gone just like that but when I ate my food, wah.... I forgot about all the washing up and the torture hahaha!

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  5. Wah you even made sambal tempoyak yourself! I amamazed! Jaw dropped. Very nice your lunches all self cooked. Did you make the same lunch boxes for your partner?

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    1. Thank you! No, my partner's taste is different. His is much easier to cook.

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  6. Your lunches look both beautiful and delicious!! Too bad it's such work (I really dislike doing dishes!), but definitely worth it for a change of pace now and then.

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    1. Thank you! The worst part is all the washing up of those oily pots and pans. Ugh!

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  7. Hi Phong Hong, cooks do sacrifice a lot of their 'sitting time', hahaha!. Great Job. Agreed, photo shooting takes time.

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    1. Hi Kimmy! hah..hah.. a worthwhile sacrifice :)

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  8. At least you had fun eating and taking photos😀

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  9. Wow!

    That is one herculean effort to makan nasi campur and cooking it yourself too!

    Bravo, PH!

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  10. I'd go for the Malay nasi campur anytime, not the Chinese chap fan stalls - so much nicer. Yours look very good too - where to place orders ah?

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    1. hee..hee..I am so flattered :D I'm like you, favoring the Malay nasi campur.

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  11. Worth making the efforts! Not sure about you, but when I cook anything at home, the appetite is always good even though it is only a simple dish! Very self satisfying one... :) "pst... dont mind washing up if someone cooks daily for me!"

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    1. I agree with you. As what my grandma one said, we just simply stir the wok and it all comes out tasting good!

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  12. I have zero knowledge when come to Malay food because Malay cuisine most probably my least favourite :P

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  13. Same as u PH... i suka makan macam macam tapi i menyampah masak macam macam sebab banyak masa habis dekat kitchen, paling menyampah nak basuh pun mcm mcm jugak aduhhhh....haha....

    U ni memang betul betul hantu tempeh kan! Most of your dish mesti ada tempeh. Sawan tempeh ek PH? Hihi...

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    1. Betul tu Hainom. I tau you allergik kalau lama lama kat dapur :D

      Yes, I am sawan tempeh hahhahaha!!!

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  14. I see tempeh, tempeh, tempeh, tempeh, tempeh...... later people think Malay food = tempeh @.@

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    1. Ya hor, so much tempeh. I love tempeh, so....

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  15. Definitely your home cooked ones look better, where do you stay? I will like to move to stay next to you

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  16. Hi PH,
    Pagi2 buta baru dapat singgah sini..
    Your dishes lagi nampak menyelerakan compared to the bought one..
    Beras yang you gunakan tu cantik panjang2.. You guna beras basmathi ke?
    Memang guna beras tu for your everyday consumption?...
    I tengah nak switch to beras ponni..beras yg tak Ada starch..not sure ok ke tidak..

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    1. Thanks, Ayu :) I pakai beras basmathi yang super panjang tu. Beras biasa dah tak pandang dah hee..hee... I haven't tried beras ponni yet. Must explore the possibility.

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  17. Do you take order or not? I want to be your first client lor ....

    Wallaweyh! You were in the kitchen from morning till evening? Oh, my! I cannot do that! I have allergies with everything in the kitchen so I must stay away from the kitchen ^_^

    I think you love tempe so, so much that I can see tempe everywhere here ~_^

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    1. hah..hah... MD and Hainom from same school lah...both also allergic to the kitchen hah..hah...

      Yes, I LOVE tempeh. I can eat it everyday :)

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  18. Your cooking definitely looks and tastes great. Any time better than those bought from the van. Makes me drool and hungry for my dinner!

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. But it was seriously tiring. LOL!

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