Oct 182010

ETA : comments enabled again. It’s wordpress! >.<

I know!

I’ve been terrible haven’t i?

No updates for the longest time!

Well, as much as i’d love to cough up some ridiculous sounding excuses, the truth is.. i’ve been slacking. I love and enjoy blogging no doubt. But when i think of the bloody useless computer that i have at home, it puts me off almost straight away from using it. It’ acts like a 486 machine!! It takes 10 minutes to load a page. What’s worst is, i can’t upload pictures from it. It’d be distorted. So what i have been doing for the past half a year is.. save the pictures that i’ve edited to a thumb drive and then plug the thumb drive into the laptop to upload and finally *takes deep breath*.. return to the desktop to finish up the writing.

And on days like today gotta be the worst. Aihhsss. Because the internet connection fails even though i’ve rebooted the desktop for 3 times!

How absurd is that?? We are, after all.. living in the 21st century.. and i’m having such problem?? Hahaaa!

Psssttt, i’m suspecting the husband i tell you… because he doesn’t quite fancy the idea of me spending hours in front of the desktop, surfing, reading, editing and writing away! (but err, he also curses and swears whenever he uses the desktop too. so, quite unlikely right.. unless he’s an Academy Award winner, which he’s not obviously :P) It’s almost a miracle that i managed to persevere and still update my blog eh? ^_^

And yes, if you notice that i’ve been MIA-ing from your blogs or have not been that friendly lately, it’s all because i hardly touch the computer! How about the laptop? You’d ask. Ummm… i dislike laptops and my contact with lappie is kept minimal. Like, really minimal. I don’t read nor surf online using lappie. I just do what i gotta do and turn it off immediately there after. No chatting, no browsing, no editing, basically, no nothing with the lappie.

To cut story short, my usual 1 plus hour (editing + write up) of blogging now takes me at least 2-3 hours! Sigh. Don’t be surprise if you don’t see me updating as often as i used to okay and i have tenssss of backlogs! Grrrrr! And oh, if there’s grammar error, typo etc, do close an eye will ya? Because i don’t re-read my posting once i click “Publish”. Word Press has been very naughty. Every time i wanna edit a post, funny characters pop up and it saves by itself! It is most frustrating.

Anyway, thought of sneaking in this recipe here even though the photo doesn’t look that awesome. Uh huh, i’m back to sneaking in awful no-styling photos again! :PppP

I was at the market the other day and suddenly remembered a delicious looking brown squid recipe that i have. The decision was definitely an impromptu one but we ended up with one very sumptuous nasi lemak dinner that night, with this sambal brown squid as the “star” side dish, so me ain’t complaining!

This sambal tasted exactly like the ones sold from the nasi lemak road side make shift stall in Malaysia. If you have been or stayed in Malaysia for sometime, you’ll know what i’m talking about. If you are a Malaysian, you would definitely know what i’m talking about! ;)

But do i like it?

Well, i’d say, once a while.. OKAY lahh… but cook this often? Nahhhhh. I don’t quite fancy the ‘siap siap’ after taste in the mouth. It’s one of the reason why i’m not enamored with “yao yu ong choi” – cuttle fish with kangkong – since young.  However, the sambal… oh the sambal, it’s totally to-die-for!! Best with my coconut rice ;)

Sambal Brown Squid

from famous cuisine no.64

A :
1 no soaked brown squid
1/2 yellow onion (shredded)

B :
15g dried chilies (soak in water until soften)
30g shallots
15g garlic cloves
100g chili paste
4 tbsp cooking oil

Seasoning :
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp sugar
120ml tamarind concentrate

1. Cut the squid into slices, blanch in the boiling water, drain well.

2. Blend all ingredients B in the blender until finely paste and smooth.

3. Heat up wok, add in blended ingredients B mixture, saute over medium high heat until fragrant. Add in seasoning, stir fry briskly until the chili oil is separated.

4. Add in big onion and stir fry for a while. Lastly, stir in the squid. Stir fry until the chili sauce is thickened and almost absorbed. Remove from heat, ready to serve.


ps : u might wanna adjust the number of chili used in this recipe. why? because i was practically living in the loo the next day! really lethal. definitely good for those who have constipation. hahahhaa! rigggghttt, i know i’m gross! :P

Submitting this for Muhibbah Monday!

  15 Responses to “{dinner} Sambal Brown Squid”

  1. So you know what you should ask for the coming X’mas? Just make sure your husband knows about it. :-))
    Could I borrow some of your Sambal sauce to stir-fry my rice? Just love its pleasant spiciness and pungency.

  2. Love your dish!! But yeah, it already LOOKS potent, so I can imagine why you were living la vida loo-ca the next day. ;P You know me … lost my blogging mojo, and loving the nua-ing … I make no apologies for it. :)

  3. waaah… hebat! sambal-bombastic, nyummy-nyum, that’s my dish!! i wish this is what i can eat on my birthday today :) your sambal is so appealing and thank God your recipe doesn’t ask for belacan! :) thank you for sharing your recipe, Sherie. by the way, do you have Char Siew recipe? i will share with you my Biryani Rice from your recipe – my husband loved it! I was like phewwww…. and so it will be on the menu list for our guests :))))

  4. p.s. i mean SHARING Biryani Rice picture :)

  5. I love sambal dishes…! They always taste wonderful with rice and so addictive!

  6. It does not sound like a “siap siap” dish to me? Is it due to the tamarind? I do love spicy sour dishes (the assam factor) but I do not remember tasting a spicy AND sour sambal brown squid dish. Spicy yes but sour no. Hmmm…..

  7. I know exactly what you mean both in terms of computer problems and just not being able to update my blog regularly for various reasons. I’ve just stopped worrying about it and post when I can. After all, it should be something we enjoy not another stressor :). You know I used to be grossed out by squid, but I like it now. Especially if it came in a flavorful sauce such as this. Yummy!

  8. I totally sympathise about the pc. I had similar stresses last year & got a technician in to sort it all out. Either that or a new pc! The sambal looks delicious even though you think the photo’s look average. I’d eat that any day!

  9. Wow, that dish looks really hot :P

  10. Looks mouthwatering! I made sambal sotong just the other day! great minds think alike! I have to try this brown sotong too..my fave..a must have when i eat yong tau hu. :) See la..i was suppose to be the first to comment..now become right at the bottom…

  11. angie : heeee! hb’s definitely getting a new PC this year end. an upgrade to a super machine is a MUST! sureeeee… i pass u some sambal and u pass me some of your almonds! ;)

    ju : no way! u are still updating regularly leh… so that cannot be counted at all though u might like to think so. hahaha!

    nina : HappY Birthday dear!! wish i can DHL some of this to u too.. no belacan? want me to send u some? *wink*wink* glad that u guys like the biryani. u are the second person who tells me this week. wheeeeeee! can’t wait to see your gorgeous photo!

    cooking gallery : one can never go wrong with sambal!

    tigerfish : i think the ‘siap siap’ taste came from the water that soaked it. i suspect that they use some alkaline tablet to sorta ‘preserve’ it hence the ‘siap siap’. but some brown squid tastes great.. so i guess it boils down to the person who soaks the squid. as for tamarind concentrate, you can’t tell at all! no sourish taste. merely to ‘complete’ the whole sambal dish. so this is definitely a spicy + spicy sambal sotong! :)

    xiaolu : agree. i’m more stressed about my holiday photos that i haven’t edited since early this year! it surpasses 2000 photos already. hahhaaa.. oh dear!

    john : thanks! u are always so sweet. heeeeeee! screw the PC.. i’m getting a new one this year end! muaahaahaha :P

    umasou : VERY! not for the average chinese singaporean definitely :P

    faithy : oh faithy.. i still *heart* u all the sameeeeeeeeeeeeeeee …. haahahaa! yes.. u need to try this esp if u like brown squid. you’ll be blown away!!

  12. WAH! anything with this much sambal chilli is just right for me! hehe..
    i love spicy food!! yumm yumm…

    btw, i can sooo sympathise with your computer agony.
    i cannot stand slow machines.. especially when i’m trying to work and get things done, drive me nuts. you should definitely look into getting a new faster PC soon :)

  13. I love sambal sotong! Definitely something that I wouldn’t miss eating when I go back to Malaysia! I love spicy dishes… yumm!!
    Well, I know what you meant by computer problem and all. I did when I had PC. Now I am a convert.. to MAC, so, pretty much very smooth and fast in whatever I do..

  14. nina : oopss forgot your other question! char siu huh? i have made that before but it was years ago! let me go dig up yeah?

    celest : yay!! i have so many sambal-loving-friends! ekekkekekeeeeee… yeah lorr, i really hope to get a new PC end of this year too *keeping my fingers crossed!*

    cooking hut : but MAC hor… i worry i don’t know how to use! LOL!

  15. I saw this at twitter and you made me drool :)~

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