I'm not a very good student I must say at least. So far of all the cooking classes I've ever attended, I hardly cook up those recipes that I've learnt with all sorts of excuses even though my heart had wanted to recreate :p very shameful indeed eh? However, by far, I've done Kuih Talam twice which I've learnt from our Kampung Cuisine at Bayan Indah!!! The first was a disaster as I've used the air kapur (lime water) straight from the container without diluting with water. Since it was quite concentrated it gave the green layer a bitter taste! Then the texture was rather wobbly. The next round, I added water to the air kapur and reduce some water from my green layer. I managed to somehow get a quite decent Kuih Talam but not good enough to be photographed hehe.
The next I have always wanted to make is Nasi Kerabu (herb rice salad) and Ayam Percik (spiced, grilled chicken) but my excuse would be it's kinda hard to get Malay herbs in my area and it would be too much if I ever buy them even in small bundles :p
Anyway I seized the chance when I was at Bayan Indah on a Saturday. I helped myself to her garden. I had a galore snipping the herbs in small quantities but in quite a number of varieties in there. I have gotten some daun kesum, daun cekur, daun kaduk, ulam raja, mint leaves, daun kunyit, daun limau purut, daun selom and Thai basil. Thank you Rohani for the leaves!
The next day, I cooked up both Nasi Kerabu and Ayam Percik. They turned out pretty well and I'm quite glad that BoiBoi did eat up the rice. Funny he finds the chicken a bit hot even though I've halved the amount of chillies but he asked for some gravy to put on his rice :p
Chicken simmering in the pan before grilling
Oh yeah, I've made my own kerisik too!!! Very unimaginable! If my grandma is a Malay, she would be dang proud of me! Hehe... hard work ok stirring the grated coconut for like 25 minutes in the wok!
For my own record, cook the rice earlier so they would have more time to cool down and firm up.
Sorry I can't provide the recipes here since the class is still on going at Bayan Indah. Sign up for one :D
Oh yeah, if you're interested to join us (food bloggers lah) for private classes at Bayan Indah, email me so that I can keep you in the loop for our next classes. I've organised one for some food bloggers 2 months back and there should be one before the year ends.
I'm submitting this for Muhibbah Malaysian Monday blog event. This event is the brainchild of Shaz (Test With A Skewer) and Suresh (3 Hungry Tummies). Read more here.