|Posted by Bee & John on April 30, 2011 at 2:59 AM|
When I was growing up, my Mother cooked us some amazing meals. I was too young to know just how nice, and to my shame - by the time I though about it - it was too late to ask her for the recipes.
One of my favourite was Nasi Goreng. Nasi Goreng is, basically, a Malaysian fried rice with strips of scrambled egg and a spicy sambal stirred through it. (ie: fry up onion, bacon, veggies, maybe some shredded chicken then add the rice and heat up. All over quite a hot heat)
Mum used to make it - dish it up to the others, and then added a small amount of Sambal to hers and mine as we liked it a bit spicy. I remember the shape of the bottle and the colour (black) and the taste... but my memory is all I have left because the only Sambal I have been able to find over the past 10 years or so is the Sambal Oelek which is basically just minced chillies.
I was very excited when I read the ingredients for the Sambal Chilli and I couldn't wait to try it - but I thought I would start off by making a 1/2 batch. A half batch was more than enough for someone who is only going to use it occasionally. Only make a full batch if you are going to use it 2-4 times a week for a couple of weeks.
Well - nearly a disaster! I was SO busy making sure I didn't forget any ingredients... that I just put everything in at once! The recipe very clearly tells you the steps to take - follow my advice and ALWAYS read, and RE-read the recipe LOL
Even though I didn't follow the recipe exactly, it seemed to turn out alright. It was really wonderful! I just HAD to make Nasi Goreng for us that night for dinner. It was YUM!
HINT: John has used it since as an addition to a stir fry with delicious results - it would also be amazing if a little bit of it was rubbed over a roast before cooking.
HINT: we have some lovely little chillies growing in our garden, not the fireball ones but they sure are hot. Instead of the dried chillies, I used 2/3 of the weight required, using the fresh ones from our garden. 2/3 was hot enough for me anyway LOL
LESSON: remember - this is a concentrate - so use it sparingly. A little goes a long way and it is EASY to add.... a little easy to take away
Some advice I have found to take away the heat if you put too much in is....