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Adventures in cooking Malaysian food

I’m not Muslim, but all the talk in Malaysia about param (apparently a new thing … pasar ramadan) has me hungry for all the food I used to eat there.

Here’s a snapshot of my adventures in making kuih lapis here in Korea. The only ingredients I had to special-order online was tapioca flour. I also bought a small bottle of pandan extract when I went to Malaysia earlier this year, and I used that. I don’t know if it’s possible to buy pandan extract or (frozen?) pandan leaves in Korea. Somewhere online, I’m sure.

I followed this kuih lapis recipe, including the reduction of sugar to 280 g. Tastes just right! 400 g of sugar must be a bit crazy. I think I added a 1.5 teaspoons of pandan extract.

First of all, rainbow kuih lapis! I have a food coloring set, but it only has red, blue, yellow, and green. And because my K-12 education never once mentioned color wheels, I had to pull up a photo of a color wheel online, to figure out what combination of colors to mix. Haha! Don’t worry, I’m not that helpless. I only needed it to figure out the red/blue balance of indigo and violet. It’s not easy for some of us, okay!?

And after that, I repeatedly had to recite ROY G BIV in reverse, because the first layer I poured in was V.

The rainbow kuih lapis looked great and tasted authentic, but the layers wouldn’t peel! My mother later told me that between steamings, the pot lid should be removed (while continuing to boil) for a minute or so until the layer has visibly set. Pour in next layer, cover with lid.

 

I had some leftovers because my pan was only a 6 inch round pan. So, I decided to use the typical Korean 떡 (tteok) rice cake colors of white, pink, and green. It actually looks quite Malaysian, too.

And I did remove the pot lid between steamings, and yes, it’s now possible to peel off the separate layers. I’m ready to open for business! (or not…)

And then I attempted chicken rendang, except that I used maybe too much turmeric (super yellow!), and I didn’t have any lengkuas or serai. I didn’t have any cili padi, so I dumped in some bottled sos cili padi – same thing, no? As for kerisik, hey, I have shredded coconut. Just pan-fry it in a dry pan until it browns, right?

After eating it, I realized I actually made a standard curry, not rendang. Haha! Don’t know why that didn’t occur to me earlier.

Mac and cheese burger

For this past week, I didn’t have any food ready for breakfast at home. So, before going to work, I ended up dropping by 7-11 to buy whatever 2,000 won burger struck my fancy.

This one’s the “Mac and Deep Cheese Burger”, which tasted vaguely jalapeno cheese-esque. There was way too much sauce and it got kind of gross towards the end. I skipped lunch because I still felt full and kind of grossed out.

Considering a 2DS

I’ve been considering a portable gaming device (other than my phone), and the 2DS crossed my mind. I had a DS Lite in college and playing Space Invaders Extreme between classes was THE BEST THING EVER.

Not that I want to get a game console just to play Space Invaders…

Anyway, back in the day, my Space Invaders gaming machine was a pretty awesome champagne gold Zelda edition. Turns out, they have a Zelda edition for the 2DS. Hey, maybe check that out, right?

 

It’s super green. I’m not getting it. It gives me John Deere farming vibes.

 

Dirty Computer

It’s only April, and I’m convinced that Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer album is going to be my favorite album this year.

Here’s the visual portion of the album.

The self-hosted blog

Hey, so with the whole mess going on with Facebook, personal data, etc., is the self-hosted blog coming back? Please do.

I’m currently having a surge of … nostalgia? due to migrating my posts from all over the internet to this blog. Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, what have you. I’m still hunting them all down. The posts stretch back YEARS. It’s a bit crazy to read the thoughts of my teenage self, follow her all the way through university, her first job after, etc. Is it “her” or “me”?

Anyway. DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK

Post-health exam lunch

Another year, another annual health exam for my job contract. I went at around 3 pm, after an early breakfast and no lunch. 8 hour fast! I then stopped by a nearby restaurant for 돈가스 (don-kas-s) for 6,000 won. So many side dishes! I felt a bit guilty for being a solo table getting all these side dishes. But! I wasn’t the only solo table, so I guess it’s okay.

I don’t really care for all that sauce. Maybe I should ask for no sauce next time, but then again dish modifications are an only-in-America thing. I think?

Backing up photos etc

I’m trying to back up all my photos. Really should print them out occasionally, but it’s hard to do so as a perpetual expat. It’s a shame that I don’t have a whole lot of them. I know there’s developed film photos from high school and before, but it’s almost like I didn’t exist between the years 2004-2014. Ten years!

Here’s a photo I found from when I was waitressing in Los Angeles. This was in 2013. I clearly remember how much I HATED how I looked – I thought I needed to look more polished for the dining room, etc. Looking back, I don’t know what I was thinking. I was spec (restaurant’s dress specifications)! It’s never enough, you know. Youth is wasted on the young!

Gran Hotel

My new thing has been watching Gran Hotel on Netflix.

Thoughts:

  • Ugh, I just want the lead couple to be together!
  • The lead villain is the WOOOOORST
  • This is the most dysfunctional/scheming family ever. Bluths who?
  • PUTA

Season 1 was great, and I gotta say, Season 3 turned into a bunch of what-the-fuck. Plotlines picked up and discarded here and there. Whatever. It’s still fun. And yes, satisfactory ending.