Buon Giorno Signora and Signore! Please sit down comfortably while the chef serves you your lunch today!
For starters we have
Salad with Watercress, cherry tomatoes and grilled bell peppers with Italian dressing. Ah benissimo!
For the main course we have
Penne Arrabbiata. What Signore? You cant take the heat?
What about some honey glazed chicken instead? Squisito!
A bit of sparkly for the Signora? Perfetto!
And for dessert we have vanilla ice cream with a generous topping of chocolate syrup. Ah … Cielo!
Thank you for coming!
To be honest, I’m not the type of person who’s into cooking. In fact, I actually hated it. As a kid, mum would try to coax me to learn how to cook and I’d always try to run away.
Malay cooking isnt the easiest thing to cook. With all the preparation, the pounding, the ingredients, the endless waiting of the stirring and such, the typical time to prepare one dish would be about 2 hours.
And it can be really physically harming. Cooking Ayam masak merah requires a soldier’s bravery. The frying of blended chili in hot oil – which tends to just splatter out at the most unexpected time, usually everywhere, like the kitchen walls, the stove top, the floor, and me! Its really painful! And the kitchen will end up like a warzone at the end of it.
It takes a brave person to try to clean the sticky mess up afterwards.
Not to say that its not worth cooking it though, because the end product is worth waiting for, wonderfully appetizing and aromatic. Foods like Kari Ayam (Chicken Curry), Otak-otak (BBQ Fish mousse), Ayam masak merah (Chicken in Red sauce), Satay (BBQ’ed marinated meat) and Nasi Lemak (Rice cooked with Pandan leaves and coconut milk) are just heavenly.
But I really dont have the patience to stay in the kitchen for too long. Makes me admire the persistance, patience and dexterity of the people who cooks them every day. Amazing people.
For the moment, I’m starting slow and try easy to make foods that doesnt require so much effort to make. Sure I’m no Jamie Oliver or Anthony Bourdain but at least my food is edible (At least I think so)
Come and eat!
Dang … I’m 60 kilos now …