Thursday, November 02, 2006

A Chicken Rice Story

During my last balik-kampung trip, I had told her:

Cooking needn't be a laborious chore. For example to whip up chix rice...

Ingredients needed:
Ginger (sliced)
Garlic cloves (with skins on)
Lemon Grass
1 star anise (bunga lawang)
3 cloves (bunga cengkih)
Fried shallots
A dollop of margerine
Sesame seed oil and salt to taste
Chopped spring onions to garnish

Dump all ingredients in rice cooker, sit back and relax!

Honestly - it is just as simple as that! Cynical she hadn't believed me then - but two days ago, she called, triumphantly trumpeting her success.

Mum: It's really easy!
Me: Glad it worked out on the first try
Mum: Yeah...rice, chicken, star anise, cloves and ginger...could not remember whether I was supposed to put cinammon in as well though
Me: Nope - no cinammon needed. By the way, how much margerine did you put in...was the rice too oily?
Mum: What margerine? wonder it was a little dry
Me: Oh about the shallots?
Mum: Oh, I skipped that...too much work
Me: And the sesame seed oil, lemon grass and garlic?
Mum: Well...your dad doesn't like sesame seed oil and I had no recollection of the rest.

What chicken rice was she cooking?!?!?!

Mum: Anyway, your dad didn't complain! So it's good enough for a repeat.

P.S. Dad called today, "Any more handy recipes for Mum?"
Oh well, guess she must have done something right!


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