Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Covid-19 MCO : Day #70 (My Slimming Food)


Slimming is always a subject of interest isn't it? Weight loss is a multi billion dollar industry and I admit, every time I see an article on how to "bust belly fat effortlessly" or "what to eat to burn fat" or something to that effect, it gets my undivided attention.

We are still under CMCO, counting down to 09-06-2020, the targeted last day of  this enforced confinement. And we don't know if the MCO will finally be lifted or will our PM announce that it will be further extended. 

So. Did anybody put on weightttt????.... heh..heh..heh... I will be the first to admit. I did. Bah!

Don't worry lah. I'm not worried because I know that once I get back to my normal routine (after the MCO) the weight will come off. Right now, I stay at home, I watch TV, I eat. Eat. Eat. Eat. How lah not to put on weight?


That is when I remembered the food that I used to eat when I started cooking my own dinner. You see, when I landed my first job, I stayed in a rented room. The landlady did not allow cooking (even if she did, I would not have bothered). So I ate out all the time.

For 11 years I stayed there until I saved up enough money and built up enough credibility to get a bank loan. I don't come from money and in all those years, I took the bus/walked to work.


Kids nowadays are so lucky. Even at college, their parents buy them a car. And some get financial backing from their parents to buy an apartment once they graduated. Me? Not so lucky. It was all blood, sweat, tears and a few  bouts of depression before I arrived.

So anyways. When I moved into my own abode, I got acquainted with the kitchen. For some reason unknown, I started by steaming my food. And I liked my dinners. They made me happy. And guess what? I was losing weight without even trying.


It's pretty simple. I prepare marinated chicken/pork and I just dump the proteins on top of vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, bittergourd, Chinese cabbage or whatever, then just give a little squirt of oyster sauce and steam away.


And the result? A very tasty (low carb) dinner. So back then, I was low carbing without even being conscious of it. I like to eat this steamed food with a condiment of raw garlic and sliced chilies with light soya sauce and vinegar.


I like to top the meat with a few slivers or chopped ginger for that extra zing of flavors. Sometimes I add mushrooms, tofu, wanton (those frozen ready made ones) and even fish balls just for some variety.


I have been revisiting these steamed dishes over the past few days and I realized I have forgotten how delicious these simple dishes are.


Today I had broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and marinated chicken. It was so, so delicious.


I will be eating this sort of food more regularly and it's my secret weapon to losing the excess flab. It's delicious, it's healthy and it's quick and easy to put together. My steamer (besides my cast iron pan) is now my new best friend.


Here's Girl with a goofy pose for her fans hah..hah...

23 comments:

  1. Steamed meals are for me but without any seasonings! Hahahaha, I save my taste buds to eat ice creams! Lolx!

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    1. I guess so, you prefer your food to taste natural which to me can be a bit bland hah..hah..

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  2. Oh hohohoho, Girl Girl is asking for her belly to be scratched! Please please scratch her belly for me again whenever she poses like this.

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    1. It can be dangerous to scratch her belly as she sometimes reacts by scratching me. Haiz...

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    2. Oh dear. I know. I kena before too.

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  3. Wah, you rented the same place for 11 years. You are so loyal! You are smart too, to buy in a prime area. Now bandar utama is way too expensive and your house is worth a lot more than what you paid for it. You are a smart and diligent person! Well done!

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    1. The landlady was nice and kind. That's why I stayed so long.

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  4. Love your story.
    And now, you have a home that you're proud of, cooking up a storm and Girl to manja with you too! :)

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    1. Ya lor..I am super happy these days. Even during MCO. LOL!

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  5. I give up on slimming. Just trying to stay healthy by eating healthy food. More fruits and greebs, less salt and oil in my food.

    I started to cook when I moved to my current house, back in 2012. So that was how I grow and develop to be my home chef myself. Lol. Still more to learn and improve. It is a never ending learning curve.

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    1. hah..hah... You have adopted the correct approach. There is lots to learn in cooking and baking. Same for me!

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  6. I actually love steamed food more than I love fried food...but if I were to cook steamed food at home, I'll have no takers...I'll be the one eating most of it. My most favourite steamed dish is steamed fish, of course, followed by steamed egg & steamed minced pork (steamed veggies, not so much). I see that you make your steamed food with a squirt of oyster sauce for more flavour (the vegetarian version, of course, so that your partner can also partake). And yes, when it comes to steamed food, addition of ginger is a must to give it that extra zing! ;)

    Girl's belly up position is good for admiring from afar with a smile...a belly rub could be a 'suicide mission' (I dare not)...wakakakaka! :D Giving belly rubs to kittens is not a problem but when they're older, they can get so excited that they may accidentally scratch us without the intention.

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    1. Oh! I love steamed fish too! I never had that when I was growing up in Terengganu and only learnt to appreciate steamed fish when I met my partner. My parents and siblings also are not fans of steamed food hah..hah.. they prefer goreng2 stuff.

      When I first attempted a belly rub (just to test what I read on the internet) she reacted by scratching me. But now she accepts it but, there is a but, sometimes when I do it she goes into a scratching frenzy. My warning is her hind legs, she will kick and I retreat! LOL!

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  7. I am pretty much the same, forever...fat! Sighhhhh!!!

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    1. My auntie will say "pui mah oo pui eh sui" LOL!

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  8. it's easy to loose weight in those younger years...nowadays want to loose 1kg pun susah...it can easily come back after a few cheat meals....I like your steamed dishes above....yummeh!

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    1. Very true what you said. I find it more difficult to shed the weight now but so easy to put on.

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  9. The MCO will be extended for sure. So dream on.

    I lost over 3 kgs without any effort and I am happy.

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  10. I used to steam broccoli and asparagus eat with roasted sesame dressing. Delicious and healthy.

    I am learning to cook slowly during circuit breaker period, make spaghetti and bkt that day, next would be watercress soup, stay tuned! :)

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    1. That sounds very tasty, I must try it too. Good to know that you are learning to cook :)

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  11. Steamed food is so healthy and yummy! It's a nice comfort food to have on a regular basis :) Yeah! I haven't stepped on the scale either to check if I've gained weight or not! haha

    Cheers,
    Sam @ www.sweetsamsations.com

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  12. Ihope I can enjoy those steamed food as much as you do, but they are just too plain and bland for me :(

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