Yes, the Giddy Tigress can Cook!

After so many weeks of desperately hoping and praying for homecooked food, my hubby and little boy finally had their prayers answered! Goodbye excuses of “no time” and “too lazy”, last Sunday saw me in the kitchen, giddily cooking up a meal. My parents came for a visit all the way from Ipoh, so they had the rare opportunity to sample the result of my culinary adventure.

The chicken rice was actually *tipu* claypot chicken rice, because I used the rice cooker. Heh heh heh…. And it was the first time my Mom (the claypot chicken rice sifu from whom I learnt the art from) actually tried it. …. Pressure, pressure…..

The secret of course is in the marinade, and I used light soy sauce, pepper, black soy sauce, some sesame seed oil and some oyster sauce to marinade the chicken pieces. I added some pieces of chicken gizzard too – absolutely love the crunchiness of it! I left it to marinade before I went for church in the morning and when I came back, it was all ready to be cooked!

First I fried the shallots, garlic and ginger slices until fragrant. I put in a lot of ginger slices because my hubby and I simply love the taste of it. Then I added the marinated chicken, sliced toong-ku (shiitake mushrooms) and lap cheong (chinese sausage).

Next, I added in the washed rice and stir fried for a few minutes. I then transferred the mixture into a rice cooker, added enough water to cook the rice and poured in generous pieces of kiam-hoo-bak (salted fish meat) right on top before I hit the Cook Rice button. I served it hot, garnished with spring onions and of course, lat-chew-chai aka cili padi (bird’s eye chilli).

Although I had cooked the chicken rice many many times before, it was my first attempt with the kerabu. I normally serve my chicken rice with just cucumber slices, but I was feeling adventurous this time round, so I thought of trying to make a simple version of the kerabu, a favorite appetizer among all Malaysians. The previous night, we bought a small pineapple and I attempted to cut it (first time too!). The kerabu was fairly easy to make and it was a matter of mixing everything up. I simply stirred in the pineapple, cucumber slices, cili padi (bird’s eye chilli) and sliced shallots…oh yeah, for a hint of aroma, I added finely chopped mint leaves too. I then squeezed the juice of a medium-sized lime onto it and mixed up the concoction real good. Then I left it to chill for about an hour in the fridge. That will allow the juices to permeate and give it the right taste.

I don’t know if sleep-induced meals are an indication of a meal well-cooked, but I made the meal for lunch and it left everyone so full, we all fell asleep after that. 🙂

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19 Responses to Yes, the Giddy Tigress can Cook!

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  2. Xilly says:

    Yummy, yummy. Looks alike professional chief cooks. I am Malaysia Blogger as well. Nice to meet you. 🙂

    The Giddy Tiger says: Thanks for dropping by, and glad to know that you like what you see 🙂

  3. may says:

    I love claypot chicken rice. but since I don’t have claypot, I use the normal rice cooker instead, with the same ingredients. just not quite the same, but close enough… *sigh* *longs for claypot chicken rice*

    The Giddy Tiger says: Same here, same here… now now, stop licking the PC screen there!

  4. Samm says:

    Wahhhh. such a good wife 🙂 Can cook sommore.. Me,…. lousy one.

    The Giddy Tiger says: Like they say, the way to a man’s heart is thru his….(all together now)… STOMACH!

  5. Waah… I did a semi chicken claypot rice thing in a wok yesterday too. Dad came up and proclaimed it was too light (not enough black sauce) and needed more flavour 🙁 But at least he ate it all up and had seconds 🙂 I’m going to try your recipe next time

    The Giddy Tiger says: Black sauce will make it more fragrant…and so will cili padi. 🙂

  6. chinnee says:

    wah….looks good ya…!! *yum-yum* the chicken rice !

    The Giddy Tiger says: Yes, Chicken Rice is always loved by all Malaysians 🙂

  7. Chee Kui says:

    Yumms.. you’re making me hungry 😉

    The Giddy Tiger says: 🙂

  8. LB says:

    Ok, ok, I MUST go for chicken claypot rice soon!! That looks so yummy that I wish I can just wave my hand, and a bit of my kali kai turns magically into Claypot Kai!! *Hangs on tightly now.. not long to go…*

    The Giddy Tiger says: So we trade 50/50 claypot chicken rice and kali kai – can?

  9. newopps says:

    less n less people knows how to cook nowsaday,…u seems like quite professional and you make me hungry…hehe

    The Giddy Tiger says: Eh, where got professional. Just enough to make my family happy lo 🙂

  10. rinnah says:

    Oh! That looks yummy! I haven’t had good claypot chicken rice in a long, long time now… the last time I had it from a stall in a foodcourt it was burnt and tasteless!

    Gawsh, I really must learn how to cook! *blush*

    The Giddy Tiger says: Yep, and then you can *show off* in your *hut* eh?

  11. Angeleyes says:

    wah… not bad wor… still can cook up a storm!

    The Giddy Tiger says: Heh heh…thanks! And yeah, it did *rain* after that 🙂

  12. wuching says:

    dinner at your place hor

    The Giddy Tiger says: Finish liao woh…

  13. jazzmint says:

    waahh can cook mah, def better than me

    The Giddy Tiger says: I can cook and can eat also 🙂

  14. huisia says:

    wooo…i always believe your woman power 🙂

    The Giddy Tiger says: Thanks for believin’ !

  15. I hope they woke up in time for seconds at supper. That looks so good!!!

    The Giddy Tiger says: None left for supper seconds! LOL

  16. Pinkelle says:

    Please please teach me your kerabu! *drools*

    The Giddy Tiger says: Sure sure…just mix everything up really good…and then send some over to Penang for sampling!

  17. Neo says:

    Wow, that’s nice! I want homecooked meal too! Haha… your family is really lucky.

    The Giddy Tiger says: Thanks for the compliment!

  18. ablogaway says:

    Yummy yummy, look so delicious! Glad that you have the recipe there, might try that out one day.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yes, and let me know how that goes!

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