Wednesday, January 4, 2012

After Christmas

After such a big feast at Christmas, I don’t want anymore rich Quay Lo food. Please give me something simple. Steam white rice with any simple dish will do.  I feel the same every year. After Christmas, I crave for food like steam pork with salted fish (click on the picture to get the recipe) ....

... or stir fry brinjal with taucu sounded so good. A thought came to my mind. Hey, this is the best time to try out the special rice from East Malaysia called the Bario rice. The rice were given to me by my blogger friend Arthur of  Still Crazy after all these years.  Thanks again Arthur for the thoughtful Christmas gifts. I have yet to use the wine to make a nice dish and brag about it. 

The Bario rice tasted different from the fragrant rice from Thailand that we are used to. They got a unique taste but I can't find the word to describe it to you (my vocabulary is limited, I get 2/10 for my English test most of the time). If I am not mistaken, it has attributes of organic rice too. Please correct me if I am wrong. If so, people who are health conscious should consider this type of rice in their diet.

I am sure many of you know how to stir fry brinjal with taucu. But, for the benefit of those who don't, I would like to share my mum's recipe. 

Stir fry brinjal in taucu (fermented soy bean paste)
Recipe from my mum

2 tbs oil
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 lb eggplant, sliced
3/4 tbs sugar
1 tbs taucu paste
1 tbs water

Lightly stir fry brinjal with oil and scoop off the wok and set aside. Add oil, garlic and tauchew paste and stir fry till fragrant. Add water and sugar and stir fry till sugar dissolved.  Add brinjal and stir fry until softened about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from wok. Serve with steam white rice.


  1. yum yum i like this dish.

    The other day i used your Lemon pepper and grilled the brinjal. Very nice.

  2. wow, this sounds so exotic and ymmy! I have never heard of this, something new for me,

  3. This recipe reminded me of my late grandpa. He was excellent in cooking eggplants

  4. Yea..something light and simple would do after those rich indulgences :) Love that simple stir fry egg plant with taucu :) yummy!

  5. Yummmm...any methods of cooking eggplant also I love it.

  6. As for me, I decided to start my diet the first of the year...what better time to do it?
    Your eggplant dish is something that I would love to make, that looks incredible and delicious, Veronica!
    Glad you are eating lighter dishes, as well!

  7. This is recipe is simple, thanks a lot, I will sure try this one day.

  8. Yeah, I know exactly how you feel. So 'jelak' with all those rich and sweet stuff. I love both the dishes, Lucy. And you've reminded me about this lonely eggplant sitting in my fridge ... hope it's still 'alive'. I have a suggestion for that wine Arthur gave you if you'd like to try it out. Really simple but satisfying.

  9. That looks sooo delicious!! It's perfect for my vegetarian self. :P

  10. Even what you describe as light and simple looks terrific. :) Yum!

  11. I like this simple cooking, and it's cooked with taucu, one of the best eastern food condiment !

  12. Actually I dont. Shame on me. and I dont mind asking..fermented soy bean paste..where to get??

  13. Oooo...steamed pork with salted fish! I like!!! Btw, with cincaluk...also best lah! Yummmmm!!!!

  14. Put more ginger in the steamed minced pork and salted fish.. one dish also enough liow.. :) Instead of frying, I love eating the steamed eggplant too.. my mum used to steam the brinjals, then peel off the skin and "stripping" them with a fork.. and lastly, put fried onions and garlic plus light sauce as garnishing... gosh... thinking of those now turns me on.. hahaha...

  15. Best time for 'ching' food before the eating madness starts in CNY again :) Happy New year Veron..

  16. I like to fry it with sambal belacan and dried shrimps:D but this is my mom's fav since she can't take chilli any more.

  17. Eggplant is one of my fave dishes & I love frying it with sambal. Smacking good! Hahaha!

    Simple food is what we need especially after festive occasions. Would love to have the chance to try organic rice too!

  18. One of my fave dish ! We don't called it brinjal here though , jut old boring eggplant with fermented soy bean paste :D

  19. Wonderful! Except for the fermented soy bean paste, which I don't stock, everything is easy to achieve.
    I was hoping you'd run some easy Chinese recipes.

  20. Yum! I love eggplants! Hope you have a happy new year!

  21. This is really funny...after eating so much junk while on vacation the last 10 days I am totally looking forward to some rice! Just plain rice. I love it.

    The eggplant looks fantastic too! Love it.

    Happy New Year my friend. Sorry I'm a few days late! Hope 2012 is off to a great start.

  22. Hahah.... yeah, I am tired of rich quay-lo food too! Happy New Year!... although soon it will be time for rich Asian food.

  23. Eggplant is my fav...I would eat this for any reason and not just for after-Christmas detox :p

  24. Looks like a lot of people love eggplant! It's my fav too. This recipe is simple enough for me to try!

  25. looks soooooooo good...I must attempt it one day..;)
    Tasty Appetite

  26. Agreed! All I've been craving lately is clean healthy foods...much like this eggplant! Delicious.

  27. Happy New Year!! you sounded like you are heavier now after all that too..i think my jeans are tighter now and the thing is that i'm still eating a lot and have not gone back to my oats, milo and bread yet.But the steam pork with salted fish also very dangerous, can cause myelf to eat a lot of rice! Brinjals with tauchu..mmm.comforting..comforting also can eat a lot! Haha! wishing you and your family a wonderful and all the best for 2012!!

  28. Mmm, this is just the sort of thing I am craving now too - simple, but with flavor. Looks great! And I am curious to try that rice. Happy New Year!!

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  30. Hahaha... sometimes, simple food is the best. I always love simple food... life is already difficult and complicated enough... food ought to be simple and easy to cook. (I have no talent in cooking... kakakak... so have to like simple food la... =.= I only know how to cook simple food)

  31. @Small Kucing
    Oh you did brinjal with my lemon pepper?? Clever ar you?? hehe

    Can you get taucu at your end?

    So did you save some great recipes from your grandpa?

    Yes, better slow down before picking up again for CNY! hehe

    @Yee Ling
    Same same here.

    Can you get taucu? I have to eat light before I eat heavy again. Chinese New Year is around the corner and that is the time where we eat, eat and eat all the rich food everyday for 15 days continuously.

    @Sheoh Yan
    I know you like simple recipe my dear:D

    Wow your eggplant my thank me for this reminder, otherwise they will be frozen to death!! hehehe

  32. @Little Ms. Fun
    Oh you are vegetarian? good for you:D

    Thanks Lois.

    Yes taucu is magic!!

    Where are you residing? They are easily available in all supermarkets and local grocery stores in KL.

    Yes, that is my favorite and my mum made the best steamed pork salted fish!! Next time you are in KL, I ask her to cook this for you.

    Yes man. lots of ginger will be fantastic. Ipoh people truly knows how to eat:D My mum too make the steam brinjal the same way as your mum. LOVE IT!

    @Swee San
    Happy New Year. You are right, not much time to "ching" only 2 weeks before we eat rich food again.

  33. @Jeannie
    oooo fried with sambal bellman and dried shrimps, BEST!!

    I like it with sambal too. In fact I like eggplant done in whatever way. Can you get the Bario ric in Singapore?

    Yes, I know, the first time I heard that from my Quay Lo, I was thinking it is a wrong name for the veg. Where got egg in it and they don't look like one? hehehe

    This is a very easy recipe my dear. I know it may be hard to get taucu at you end.

    Hope you have a Wonderful New Year too.

    Welcome back from your vacation. Look forward to read all about it. Late better than never. hehe

    Happy New Year. You are right, good to slow down before picking up again.

    Me too:D Anytime!!

  34. @Carolyn
    You are like Sheoh Yan, you love simple recipes ya?

    You should.. you will not be disappointed.


    Happy New Year my dear lena. Ya lah, I feel my rear end is heavy, all the rich food has sunk in there. hehehe Me too, I always end up eating more rice than I want when my mum cook the steamed pork salted fish. Same with this stir fry brinjal with taucu.

    I wonder if you can get the Bario rice at your end. Too bad it is not easy to send rice out of the country, if not I will send you some to try.

    I know, I know, you have talent in buying and eating good food though..LOL!

  35. LOL, Quay Po... what can I say, most of my friends are good cooks and very generous... so I get to eat yummy food quite often. LOLOLOLOL!!!

  36. @cleffairy
    Lucikly you have good genes, eat, eat and eat also stay so skinny:D

  37. I got the genes from my parents... both of my parents are the skinny kind and never grew an inch sideways until they hit their mid 40s. Even when they hit their 40s, they merely put on a few kilos, which hardly can be seen on the outside. Hahahaha! And needless to say, my parents enjoy good food as I do. the only difference is that my mum is an excellent cook while I am not. LOL!


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