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Friday, June 23, 2017


These days, I have been preparing simple and easy dishes for the family.  There is really nothing great to shout about  these dishes but these recipes do come in useful  especially when  prices of  food ingredients are increasing beyond our control and during our busy days.
For an average family, one cannot be serving food fit for fine dining all the time.  This is when homey and comfort food are most welcome and much easier for the cook at home who often has to face these problems.

This dish has only a few main ingredients and easy to prepare yet the end result is awesome.  The meat pieces and carrots are very tasty and the sweet, savoury sauce is appetizing with plain white rice.
It can also be prepared earlier and just needs to be warmed up before serving.

200 gm pork meat [shoulder neck meat] -  cut big cubes
1 small red carrot – peeled and cut wedges
1 small white carrot  - peeled and cut wedges
1 yellow onion – peeled and cut into squares
2 star anise
Some blanched broccoli florets [optional]
½ tbsp cooking oil
2 tbsp tomato sauce
1 tbsp wine and light soy sauce
½ tbsp chilli sauce
200 ml water

  1. Heat oil in a non stick wok, sauté onions until aromatic and add in meat pieces and fry until brown.
  2. Add in carrots and stir anise.  Stir to mix well, then add in seasoning.
  3. Stir to mix well before adding water gradually in between cooking.
  4. Bring to boil, then simmer until meat is tender and sauce is reduced. 
  5. If adding broccoli, cover to cook for 1 minute then dish up to serve.
  6. Garnish with some spring onions.


Anonymous said...

Hi Kimmy, I totally second what you said about rising food prices these days. A kilo of lean pork
meat cost rm22.50 per kilo and whole chicken is rm10.50 per kilo in Kuching. Totally crazy! But what to do? Have to feed the family so simple recipes like yours are very helpful. Anyway this dish is comfort food drizzled with the gravy over white rice though I always eat it with sambal belachan. Have a nice weekend.

Kimmy said...

Hi Florence, yes Malaysian way of enjoying our meal with sambal belacan. I'm not sure if it is really prices going up or vendors trying to make a quick buck by marking up the prices. I do notice prices of food ingredients cost more during weekends when demand for them are higher. Just wonder why ?????

Veronica Ng said...

I love this kind of dish where you can prepare in advance and then just reheat before serving. Save time too. Love anything braised.

Kimmy said...

Hi Veronica, yes I love dishes that can be prepared in advance, great for busy days and the family can still enjoy a lovely meal at home. These days, we consider a lot of factors when eating out, still home cooked meals are the best. Eg. My mum's tummy is alright when she eats at home but she usually will have diarrhoea if she eats out. Probably because most of the dishes served are too greasy for her.

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