Monday Meal Review: Brunei

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Thanks Brunei. You have lovely curries, interesting rice, and tasty vegetables. However, you have the most impossible dessert. I am both amazed and impressed that there are people who are able to make Getuk Lindri properly. I wish I was one of them. My family, while they appreciated my effort, barely took a nibble-taste and left the rest for the birds. Come to think of it, do birds eat yucca? Hmm. Thank goodness I redeemed myself with Sayur Lodeh and Lontong. Together, these two dishes make … [Read more...]

Recipe: Yucca/Cassava Balls (Getuk Lindri)

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Makes two dozen Mildly sweet, bite-sized balls of mashed, sweetened cassava (yucca). This unusual treat is a big hit in Brunei. Read on to learn my struggles with this dessert. My first epic fail. Ingredients: 1/2 cup sugar 1/8 cup water 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1 pound cassava root, peeled, rough fibers removed, and cubed 1/4 tsp salt red & green food coloring Method: 1. Peel and cube cassava (yucca). Steam for 30 minutes or until cooked. 2. Add sugar, water, … [Read more...]

Recipe: Shrimp and Vegetable Curry (Sayur Lodeh)

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Serves 4 This yellow, mild curry is a great way to mix up monotonous meal plans. A little spice and creamy coconut milk do the trick for a show-stoppingly good meal. Ingredients: Rempah Curry Spice Mix 1 can coconut milk 1/2 cup water 1/2 head of green cabbage, thinly sliced 3 cups mushrooms, sliced 3 cups long beans or green beans, trimmed and cut into small pieces 2 carrots, sliced 16 shrimp vegetable oil Method: 1. Add rempah to hot vegetable oil in a large pan and cook for about … [Read more...]

Recipe: Curry Spice Mix (Rempah)

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Makes enough for about 2 curries (more if you like them mild) Rempah, a common curry blend in Brunei, will infuse your meal with the most haunting flavors of garlic, ginger, lemongrass... spicy chili pwder and golden turmeric. The entire kitchen smells like paradise when you cook with Rempah. PS. You can use this in our recipe for Sayur Lodeh. Ingredients: 1/8 cup cashews 1 onion 3 cloves garlic 1 tsp chili powder 1 tsp ground turmeric 1 tsp ground coriander 1 Tbsp belachan or … [Read more...]

Video Saturday: Brunei

Learn about the wealthy country of Brunei, including their culture and festivals. In this video, we learn that Brunei is home to the world's biggest water village (on stilts) and has areas of pristine rain forest (the hostess of the video actually climbs up giant scaffolding, past the top of the canopy). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xvApwmbmdo&feature=related httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xvApwmbmdo&feature=related Have a great weekend! I know I will - my hunny bunny is … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Brunei (with polls)

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I don't think I told you. Keith's been out of town all week so my mom's been helping me and Ava pass the time. An extended pajama party, really. We've been to the water park, played with dollies, cooked, cleaned, torn apart my closets and made mounds of donations. We've been really busy and had tons of fun, but today I'm just counting the hours until I see my sweetie. He'll be home at five. Tick. Tick. Tick. Is it five yet? What are you counting down to? Help pass a little time with these fun … [Read more...]

Recipe: Rice in Banana Leaves (Lontong) with Video

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The people of Brunei are brilliant. I've got proof - the lontong. This compact, slightly perfumed packet of white rice, stuffed inside a banana leaf, is portable, sliceable, flavorful, and affordable. Oh, and cutting the rice logs up into neat coins makes for easy portion control. Well. Ok. I'll be honest. The coins just make it easier to pop a hundred million of them into my mouth. Yum. Lontong represents everything I love about food around the world. While we share similar staples - … [Read more...]

Menu: Brunei

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Way up north, in Boston, my mother devours this blog. My biggest fan, she not only tells everyone she meets about the blog, she literally saves each post to her computer "just in case" (even though I tell her the server backs it up). That's some serious love. This week, she is in Tulsa for a visit. She will finally get a chance to climb out from behind the computer and devour the food. And she'll see the love and craziness that goes into each posting (is there any other way to do things than … [Read more...]