Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Chili Tuna Pasta


This dish is specifically for those days when I am not in the mood to cook. Or don't have the time. Or just plain lazy. Hah! Now you ask me, how do you conjure a chili tuna when you don't want to cook?

And I tell you, it comes from a can.


Yah, yah, guilty as charged. I know it is not ideal to eat out of a can but I say, once in a blue moon it is fine. We don't live in a perfect world and we can't eat healthy all the time.

So. It's actually been years since I had this chili tuna (see how well behaved I am). When I picked up a can from the supermarket, I noted that the labeling was slightly different from the one I used to buy. 

This time it comes with a warning "FIERY HOT" - on the scale of 5 red hot chilies.


Whoa. Indeed there were 5 red bird's eye chilies in there. Nothing that madam can't handle. Yes? 

I boiled me some penne pasta and plucked some herbs from my garden - mint, basil and daun kesom (laksa leaves). And I conveniently had 3 limes in the fridge, which was perfect because I like my chili tuna very tangy.


I realized that I cooked a bit too much pasta, enough for 2 servings. So I kept half for my dinner. One can of chili tuna is enough for  two servings of pasta but if you want more tuna and more kapow! then I suggest two cans. 


Don't worry about those two fresh red cili padi on my pasta. They were there just for show. But I bet Mr Arthur Wee's better half, Mrs Wee, would have approved of the extra cili padi since she loves everything extra spicy. Those 5 chili padi in the can were hot enough for me and I know I am going to be in trouble the next day hee...hee...

Chili Tuna Pasta
Recipe source : Phong Hong (on a lazy day)

Ingredients :
- 250g penne pasta (this makes two servings)
- 1 can Chili Tuna (185g) (I suggest 2 cans for 2 servings)
- some mint, basil and daun kesum (as much or as little as you like)
- thinly sliced raw onions (which I forgot)
- lime juice to taste

Method :
1. Cook pasta according to package intructions (mine was done al dente in 10 minutes)
2. Pour the chili tuna into a mixing bowl, add the cooked pasta and herbs and mix. Add lime juice and taste. If it needs more saltiness, add a teaspoon of fish sauce. Serve.

32 comments:

  1. We make potato patties out of those, something like croquettes.

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  2. I wonder if it will taste as good with sardines. I have 2 cans rolling around the pantry and it is not loved in this household.

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    1. I'm trying to imagine because I dislike sardines. Why don't you try and let me know hah..hah..

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  3. I agree with you that we don't live in a perfect world and we can't eat healthy all the time...

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  4. Hi PH... how are you?? :)
    sy belum pernah cuba yang ni PH.. boleh lah kot nti nak cuba resepi PH ni...

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    1. Hi Atie! PH ok jer... cubalah, boleh tahan sedap :)

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  5. That's my style of cooking - speedy!

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  6. It may have been years since you've had chilli tuna...but, hey, I remember you've had tuna cakes twice before already...hahaha! (I remember coz I'm looking to replicate that tuna cake of yours) :D No worries though, like you said, we can't always eat healthy (I eat a fair bit of canned food myself)...as long as we eat in moderation, it's perfectly fine :)

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    1. Ooops! I conveniently forgot about the tuna cakes hah..hah...

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  7. I'll all in for this spicy tuna penne! Check out our latest Giveaway to Win USD 50 Open to All Worldwide! xoxo

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  8. look nice with chilies
    hehehe

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  9. Yummy. I also go cans when I am lazy to cook or run out of idea. Lol.

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    1. It's quite delicious once you mix in some other ingredients.

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    1. I used to dislike it but now I have changed my mind.

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  11. Yums!
    See if I can do it tomorrow. Hehe

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  12. I like this pasta tuna dish of yours but minus the pedas lah.

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    1. If you remove the chilies, the heat is tolerable.

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  13. Looks very delicious! Long time haven't eaten tuna from can. Use to make tuna sandwiches for gathering.

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    1. I like tuna sandwiches which also had mashed eggs in them.

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  14. Selalu jugak dengar kawan buat pasta ke spaghetti match dengan tuna. Tapi I sendiri belum teringin nak try....
    Hari tu i ada beli tuna pedas mayonese tapi tak sedaplah LL, rasanya lagi sedap yg tak de mayoneselah....

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    1. Betul, Hainom. LL pun tak suka tuna mayones. Baik beli yang plain kemudian tambah mayones sendiri.

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  15. Very easy and convenient recipe, I like!

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