Before I give you guys the recipes for the Pickled cucumbers and Otak-Otak, I would like to share with you my first time meeting my blogger friends last Saturday. There were seven of us and we had a potluck gathering at Reese’s place at the poolside. Although it was my first time with these wonderful food lovers and cooks, I feel I knew them a long time and I was very comfortable in their company. We eat, chat and laugh a lot. In the following photo collage, you will see some of the food we had that day.
1- From Tracie http://bittersweetflavours.blogspot.com/
Nian Gou Puffs
2- From Sonia http://nasilemaklover.blogspot.com/
3- From Reese http://reesekitchen.blogspot.com/
Lemon grass, pandan soda drink
Lemon grass chicken wings
4- From Swee San http://thesweetspot.com.my/
Ispahan Mini Cakes
Nasi kerabu (jointly with Wendy)
5- From Wendy http://wendyinkk.blogspot.com/
Alive and kicking prawns
6- From Pei-Lin http://dodol-mochi.blogspot.com/
7- From me
Shanghai Noodles (I added some prawns this time)
Pickled cucumber (scroll down to see recipe)
Otak-Otak (scroll down to see recipe)
Is your stomach growling after seeing all the nice food?
As food bloggers, there is no way we do not take pictures of the food right? Even Sonias’s son, Desmond will not give up the chance to do so for his mum. Sonia, you trained him well. LOL!
As Swee San was the only one who knows how to start the fire, she did the most work and got herself all hot and sweaty. Thanks Swee San for the hardwork. You can see how hard she worked in the following photos.
While all of us were busy preparing the food, chatting and eating, the young gentleman, Desmond (Sonias's son) and the pretty young lady, Cheryl (Reese's daughter) were getting aquainted and enjoying themselves.
The rain did not stop us from continuing our eating and chatting session as you can see we moved everything up to Reese’s apartment and continue the fun.
So much for the bloggers meet, here comes the two recipes which my friends would like me to share:
2 cucumbers, remove seeds and diced
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 red chilli padi (birds chilli) finely diced (for very spicy)
1 red chilli, remove seeds and finely diced (for less spicy)
1 tsp roasted sesame
1 tbs plum sauce
1 tbs water
1 tsp oil
salt and sugar to taste
Heat oil in sauce pan and fry garlic till fragrant. Add plum sauce and stir fry for a few seconds, add chilli and water. Add salt and sugar to taste. Stir fry for a min or two. Let cool and mix well with cucumbers. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours before serving. Taste better when serve cold.
I was so flattered. Desmond loves my Otak-Otak
500gm salmon fish fillets, cut into 2 inches x 1 inch x ½ in thick
225 ml thick coconut milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
8 pcs kaffir lime leaves, removed the spines and finely sliced
20 pcs betel leaves (blanch in boil water and let dry)
½ tsp ground white pepper
½ tsp salt
½ tsp sugar
20 pcs 6 inches x 8 inches banana leaves, cleaned (see video on how to soften the leaves)
Ingredients for the paste:
10 pieces red chillies, seeds removed and sliced (don't remove seeds if prefer more spicy)
2 stalk lemongrass, finely sliced
4 petals of Bunga Kanta (phaemaria - pink rojak flower, finely sliced
1/2 in galangal
1/2 in galangal
10 pcs candlenuts, roasted
1 pc shrimp paste approx. 1.5 in x 1.5 in
4 cloves garlic sliced
5 shallots, finely sliced
1.5 inch fresh tumeric
1 tsp Maggie chicken stock
Clean fish, remove skin and cut them accordingly. Blend all paste ingredients (B) in a blender. If you want it to taste even better, pound the spices using mortar and pestle instead. In a large mixing bowl, add in (A) & (B) and mix them thoroughly.
Method of making banana leaf parcels for steaming:
In each banana leaf, place 1 or 2 betel leaves. Place 1 pc of fish and spoon the paste enough to cover the piece of fish before wrapping. Use staples to secure the folds and place the parcels on the rack of a steamer for approximately 7 mins or until fished is cooked and paste is set. Serve hot.
See video on how to make banana parcel