Thursday, 26 March 2020

Covid-19 MCO : Day #9 (Kayciap!)


Today I really wanted to eat something that I loved when I was younger and living in Kuala Terengganu. Nothing like a spot of nostalgia to carry me through the MCO which has reached day 9.


Fish! Well the fish didn't look like this, the ones I had when I was a child. These are the frozen mackerel that you can easily find at the frozen section at the supermarket. 

As you may or may not know, I have a phobia for frying fish. I am terrified of the plik..pliak..plik..pliak.. of the sputtering oil. Takut, eh!


So I took the easy way out by grilling the fish in the oven. I dabbed the fillets with kitchen towel and placed them on a rack placed over a lined pan.

Just rub a bit of oil on the skin and sprinkle with some salt. Then into the oven at 200C for 15 minutes or so until the skin is slightly brown.


Then I fried some eggs.


Which was a bit of a disaster. Up till today, I cannot fry eggs properly. 

Now let me tell you what we Peranakan Terengganu people love when we eat fried fish or fried eggs. KayciapI tell you, kayciap is to Peranakan Terengganu people what kimchi is to the Koreans. Don't play play.


Now it is nicely bottled and available at Mek Da Taste. I actually bought this bottle back in 2018 and kept it all this while. Why so long? I really don't know. But whatever it is, it is very good, tastes exactly like the kayciap that I used to enjoy when I was a child.


This bottle actually expired in December 2019 but kayciap keeps very well because it is thoroughly boiled and due to the high sugar content, it stay well preserved if you store it properly. Once opened, I keep the bottle in the fridge.


Add some sliced chilies and shallots into a bowl and pour in the kayciap. Heavenly!


That was a very good lunch!


This is the soup I cooked yesterday.


My dinner yesterday. The mee goreng I cooked on day #7 plus fried meehoon I found in the freezer (hah..hah..). And would you believe it I also found frozen fried luncheon meat in the freezer. I am so well prepared for MCO hah...hah...


Tomorrow no need to cook lah since I have soup and beef ragu in the freezer.

20 comments:

  1. wah...ur freezer is my wonderland! so much frozen cooked food! can just reheat and eat as it is....summore still looks good and appetizing!

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    1. heh..heh...I love to freeze extra food.

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  2. Everything well planned, ya! Me kiasu, keep on storing chicken meat cos couldn't get pork nowadays..

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  3. Your cat wants the remote control to watch TV kah? LOL!!!

    I have tenggiri in my freezer, maybe I'll use the head and tail as the base to cook curry tomorrrow, Friday - our no meat day with lots of ladies fingers, the vegetable dish...and maybe I'll toss my ikan terubok in the oven for the main dish. We'll see.

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    1. LOL! She was attracted to my empty bowl :D

      Wah..fish curry! I am looking forwards to that, not that I am invited. LOL!

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  4. I didn't stock up on fish because hubby is not a fan of fish. Yes, I love chili, onion in kichap. I really miss eating fish. Pity your cat seeing the empty bowl on the table. Lol!

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    1. LOL! She made a lot of noise while I was eating!

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  5. Hmmmn.... I thought I have bought enough prized sauces from East Coast Kelantan. But now you just manifested a bottle of Kay Chiap Mek Da from thin air. Looks like I will remember to buy this when I visit Terengganu and say Hello to your mummy. Who knows she might welcome me with open arms and fry the biggest fish with Kay Chiap for me!! Muahahahaha... She might read this and laugh till pengsan. Sorry the long MCO makes me hallucinate a lot.

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    1. LOL! You have not lost your humor. Hilarious as always!

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  6. wah, your freezer has so many treasures inside. how many times can i say, your meals are all so sedap that girl girl wants them too.

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    1. Girl girl always gets excited when I am eating and she wants some!

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  7. Your lunch suits me very well (except I'll do without the kayciap & chillies)...though this frozen fish can be a little dry after cooking! ;) The key to frying fish (for me) is to fry a smaller piece (or cut the fish in two) and fry them separately in a deep saucepan (that's what I do). That way there's very little plik pliak plik plaik! :D Even if there is some splatter, the saucepan's height will be able to contain most of it.

    When it comes to frying eggs, I face the same problem too. It's a game of ifs...if the egg gets stuck in the pan...if the yolk breaks, if the oil is hot enough to get the sides frizzy and not overcook the egg, so it'll not turn out perfect every time.

    If there's one thing I don't freeze, it's soup...coz we need the vegetables to be really soft for it to be good and when we freeze already softened vegetables (especially cabbage, maybe carrot or white carrot is more tolerable), they get even softer after reheating. For soups, I prefer to drink them freshly made. P/S: I see the kay poh chee is wondering what's for dinner...Cookie is the same. He'll lift himself up like that or even jump on the table especially when he can smell chicken or ikan bilis.

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    1. Ah! I recently bough a deep saucepan. Maybe I can fry fish the way you do it. Yeah, frying eggs drives me nuts hah..hah...

      Somehow I like mushy vegetables in soup. My missy kay poh chee wanted my food but I ignored her. She was trying to get at the empty container hah..hah..

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  8. I like fried fishes but I also scare of the oil splattering. Just need to dry the skin with kitchen paper towel before fying.

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  9. Your ah girl eyeing on the fish? Egg and luncheon meat, two of my favourites.

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    1. She always wants what I am eating but I ignore her. LOL!

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  10. I though you have typo, kayciap = kicap, lol
    Everytime you open your fridge or freezer, it's like treasure hunting because you wold't know what you will find inside!

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