Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Cooking for A Cause

Sardines. One of the most delicious fish variety in the world. How do you like yours? Fried, grilled, baked or raw? Personally, I like mine in a can. Saves Mama the energy of cleaning and cooking it for me.

However, last weekend, I learned that sardines mixed with a myriad of ingredients like rice, coconut milk, vegetables and herbs make a very delicious porridge. OK...some people call it congee. In Malaysia, this type of porridge is called Bubur Lambuk, usually prepared in the fasting month. I guess because the smooth texture is easy on the stomach, especially after it's been empty due to fasting. The sardines are grilled first, scrape the flesh out and there you have the most delicious porridge flavouring. Of course, don't forget the salt and freshly cracked black pepper.

I learned all these from Chef Zam. He's a well known celebrity chef in Malaysia and is the Principal of Silverspoon International Culinary School. He teaches many types of cooking as well as costing and management. I'd love to learn more from him at his school but Mama said I'd be a hazard to other students as everyone will be distracted by my good looks. I can't help being good looking, Mama. And all the ladies may even slice their own fingers instead of the onions, eh? Oh well....

But it's OK. I'm fine with other people cooking for me. I'm used to being served anyway.

What happened last weekend? Mama's office had a fundraising do at the Farmers' Market in Shah Alam, the one near the soccer stadium. Y'all know how I loooooove soccer (and food). What a purrrrfect combination, eh? Mama and her cohorts of beauties prepared two humongous pots of the delectable sardine flavoured porridge. It took hours to cook them but all contents of the pots were gone in a short time. It was worth the hard work of planning the event, seeking for sponsors, preparing the ingredients, organising the volunteers etc etc. Took about a month of planning. Mama said we're lucky to have a group of dedicated interns and staff who were willing to slug it out.

Chef Zam (right) snoopervising Uncle A while he boils the rice in the pot. Usually the rice gets boiled and broken down and soft before other ingredients were mixed in.
The promo tent was located next to the market's secretariat tent. So it was easy to locate and get directions. No need for GPS to find me on that day.
The packed porridge ready for distribution. With a donation of just five bucks, you may take the delicious porridge home.
Chef Zam ladling the porridge into containers. He was happy with his handiwork.
There he is again, cooking in front of a TV crew. Oh, did I mention that the media was there too? Not the pawpawrazzi I have at home but the actual TV and newspaper people.
People say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. In this case, Chef Zam was happy eating his own porridge. "If I may say so myself, it's very delicious. It's my grandmother's recipe," he said.
Volunteers cleaning up at the end of the day. I did a lot of TLC duty on that day....so many girls needing cuddles and massages and sardine breath kisses....
Besides Chef Zam's version of the porridge, another version from Myanmar was also prepared. However it uses beef instead of fish. A group of Myanmar refugees came and helped cook two pots of the porridge. This version takes an even longer time to cook as the beef has to be boiled until it's tender and melts in the mouth. Then, spices are added, with tons of nuts (five types) and vegetables too. I don't know the Myanmarese name for it but we called it Buburma (bubur Burma). Oooooh.....I'm drooling as I write this.

Mama said the funds raised from this programme will be used to give food aid and feed the needy during the coming fasting month. She's concerned that the rising costs of food will render many families to go hungry all over the world. Thus the need to raise as much funds as possible.

Brad says: So, come on, let's put our hands together, dig deep and feed the poor. har har har *solemn laughs*

26 comments:

Monyet King said...

bubur sardine, eh... Wonder when the bubur pisang is coming ?

Rosmawati Yusof said...

Yum, yum... bekerjasama, berganding bahu. Tlong menolong, bantu membantu...meow-meow...

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Your Royal Monyetness,
Prob is, you can't make bubur with unripe bananas. Remember...ripe bananas have been banned as well. har har har *evil laughs*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Rosmawati,
Ni macam lagu Wonderpets aje.... har har har *evil laughs*

meowwmania said...

bubur lambok sardin?? wah first time dgr nih...mintak mama kamu hantar ke rmh aunty 1!

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

What a good cause, and an appetising one, too! I am quite familiar with Burmese, Sri Lankan and Afghan cuisine by now, thanks to our canteen programme here. I think they call the rice congee "San Byok" in Burmese. Hope you guys managed to raise a lot of funds.

Au and Target said...

This is one of the few things I can't eat; the texture gives me the shivers and I don't like fish. But the cats like sardines :-)

Caro'sCat said...

Goodonya Brad, making yourself free with the sardine kisses!

a sumptuous and colourful time :)

from someone who lives life in the monochrome >^,,^<

TK said...

Wah bubur lambuk Tganu..I loike!!!!Kucing mesti suka bubur lambuk tu sbb ada ikan kan??
Wonder how does Buburma taste like? Did you try?

kaykuala said...

A good cause goes a long way. Chef Zam is warming up for Ramadan too I guess.

Uncle Hank

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Meoww,
Mana ada lagi....dah habis Brad makan semua. Lain kali, erk? har har har *evil laughs*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

CO78,
San Byok it is. See, I learn a new word today. It was delicious too! When we opened the lid of the pot, the aroma was kind of similar to biryani rice. OMG! Am drooling again. We fundraised quite a bit on that day, we hope to collect more. har har har *evil laughs*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Au & Target,
Hmmm....we should have a sardine BBQ party soon. See how the humans drool. We cats certainly know how to enjoy our fish. har har har *evil laughs*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Austin,
I have an idea for the next fundraising do. Donate 5 bucks for Brad's sardine kiss. Ooolala.... har har har *evil laughs*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

TK Sensei,
We loooooove the bubur lambuk trengganu because of the ikang and budu! The buburma was very tasty too. It uses beef and bones as the broth to boil the rice, has plenty of nuts and spices. Buka tudung periuk baunya macam nasi biryani. Sedap! In fact, we had buburma for breakfast and bubur lambuk for lunch on that day. Yummylicious! har har har *evil laughs*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Uncle Hank,
Are you related to Chef Zam? He's from Trengganu, you know. Yeah, he's super busy. We booked him since March for this event. har har har *evil laughs*

Wan Sharif said...

As always poor Ayoh Wang is being confused with statement like " especially after it's been empty due to fasting" ..
What else can these wonderful cats do? ;)

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Ayoh Wang,
The cats can belly dance too. har har har *evil laughs*

Sandy said...

Ooh Yuummmm.... I love bubur , easy on your teeth too. You're making me hungry, I haven't had my breakfast yet. I wonder if buburman will come soon ...

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Tante Sandy,
Buburman serving Buburma? You must try make this at home. Oooh...I love Teochew porridge too....salted fish, pickled radish, spring onion, taucho fish....yummm..... har har har *evil laughs*

ninotaziz said...

Your Mama is the GOODS!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Ninot,
Wasn't she the naughty one? har har har *evil laughs*

Sandy said...

Lol ! no..the buburman here sells Jakarta style bubur - pretty crappy -in my opinion. Btwwww... ^^ send my regards to Chef Zam haha, he's quite ganteng *blushed*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Tante Sandy!!!! I hope Uncle Erwin is not reading this. Am going to email Chef Zam straight away.....ganteng, eh? He's still single too....just so you know. har har har *evil laughs*

Sandy said...

Ahahaha seriously ? single? ^^ but wait.. I'm not haha -.-

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Tante Sandy,
You're naughty! Must be a case of too much OT. har har har *evil laughs*