Sunday, May 31, 2009

May Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24 - Summer Party Malaysian-Style

Grilling Satay - Chicken and Beef

Summer is approaching and although we always have bbq at our place, it was never a 'full-blown' Malaysian-style bbq party. So what better way to start the summer than having a Summer Party - Malaysian Style to introduce Malaysian food to our American friends/neighbours? None of those watered-down version of 'Malaysian' food that is normally served at the restaurants here. I am so honoured that my Summer Party proposal was chosen by Foodbuzz for their May 24, 24, 24 event. Club Gifts-125x125 banner

The first thing on the menu was of course Satay. Grilled on a charcoal grill (that I specifically asked my husband to get when we moved to this apartment last year!). Both chicken and beef, together with peanut sauce, rice cake and cucumber. The meat was marinated overnight so the taste infused inside the meat and also makes them tender.

Next is Grilled Jumbo Prawns with sambal dipping sauce. I just realised that I don't have pictured of my sambal but the prawn was so yummylicious. Only minimum seasoning needed to retain the taste. They are seasoned with salt, turmeric and a dash of lime juice and off they go on the grill!

Then we have Beef with Potato Murtabak and Pickled Onion on the side. I usually used spring roll skins but this time I used lumpia wrapper. They are equally good although for pictures, I would have to say that I prefer spring roll wrapper since they give that nice edges while with lumpia wrapper you would not get it since they are softer and thinner.

G and J made these droolicious Fried Chicken Wonton that are to die for! I was too busy (and too tired!) to really eat anything yesterday but I am glad I managed to eat some of these. They are crunchy and their bite-size made it easier to eat while one was going back and forth, in and out of the kitchen and patio.

For something heavier, S made these Mamak Mee Goreng with seafood. They are spicy and very flavourful. 1 of my neighbours is of American/Korean parentage and as expected, Mamak Mee Goreng is her favourite and she could not stopped for talking about how good they are.

Among all the things that I made for the Summer Party, I would have to say that making Fried Popiah is the trickiest one. They are yummy to eat but rolling them and making sure that they are wrapped properly is a skill that I discovered I have yet to master. Thank god for K who used to worked in a chinese restaurant who helped me with wrapping them.

For dessert, I made this Malay kuih called Kuih Bakar. This pandan and coconut milk based kuih/cake is as easy to make as it easy to eat. They are usually made with a flower design mould that I could not find here until I found this disposable mould with curves that gives a little bit of that flower effect.

I would like to thank all my friends (especially S and K for helping and taking most of the pictures) and neighbours who came (and help!) to the party and also Foodbuzz for choosing my Summer Party-Malaysian Style as part of their May Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24 event. My SUmmer Party that started at 4pm ended till past midnight after a game of poker. Everybody leaves happily and with a full stomach.

I hope I have managed to introduce you a little bit of how we Malaysian do our party which basically involves lots and lots of food. I will be posting the recipes in my next post.


SOHO Mama said...

You know how to make kuih bakar..??! I know how to just buy them from pasar malam / ramadhan and eat them LOL! Apart from my not-so-keen in baking, buat2 kuih ni pun I kureng. It's good that you can do both :P

This kind of reminds me of my uni days in Indiana..we used to marinate satay and grill em!

Anonymous said...

Nice spread.

the lovecat said...

Hi there! Will you be posting recipes to your delicious BBQ food? They all look so yummy! :]

Salt N Turmeric said...

SohoMama, dulu memang beli aje but now dah terer dah buat kuih bakar. *wink*.

David, thank you!

The lovecat, thank you for visiting and yes I will be posting the recipes next. Im still recovering from the preparation and the party itself. lol.

mamasita said...

You make us Malaysins proud..jadi our goodwill ambassador in Malaysian food..esok2 you boleh bukak restoran kat sana lah! Small cute one dulu.

Olga said...

Congratulations on getting to do 24, 24, 24!!

The food looks incredible.

Hugging the Coast said...

So delicious looking! Malaysian food definitely doesn't get the attention it obviously deserves!

mamasita said...

O Yes!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL!!May you and Farina be in love forever and always!!
And may all your dreams come through!

Heidi from Savory Tv said...

What delicious fun! I'm looking forward to the recipes!

ange said...

the mamak mee goreng looks to-die-for! would S care to share his/her recipe?


MamaFaMi said...

Patutlah senyap bukan main lama, rupanya jadi host! Well done Farina!

3yearshousewife said...

Everything looked suped duper delicious. My fav will be the murtabak. I've mada kuih bakar before but turned out to be kuih bingka. Not the kuih bakar like the one in Melaka. A honeycomb like inside. Would mine sharing your kuih bakar recipe?

The Hungry Mouse said...

Oh my goodness, what a feast! Those prawns look amazing!


Jason @ Jason's BBQ Adventures said...

Looks absolutely delicious, going to have to try some of these at home!

Salt N Turmeric said...

Mamasita, im like the unofficial Msian food ambassador among the neighbours and at Michael's workplace. lol. TQ for the wish. I will let him know. :)

Olga, thank you! Im honoured they chose me. :)

HtC, unfortunately that is so true. I can only hope that by participating in foodbuzz event, more people would be aware of our Malaysian food.

Heidi, thank you. Will post the recipes soon. :)

Ange, il ask the recipe from her and post it here.

MamaFami, yelah. The whole of last week memang so busy. Im still recovering fr all the work that I did. How I wish I had a maid to help. lol.

3yhw, murtabak w pickled onion was so good. Eh yg macam honeycomb tu bukan kek sarang semut ke? Yes, il be posting the kuih bakar recipe too. :)

Jessie, what a feast indeed. lol.

Jason, thank you. Do try the satay with peanut sauce. They are not that difficult to make and taste wayyy better than those sold at the restaurants.

Nate-n-Annie said...

Hello, fellow "24"er!

Congratulations on being chosen to do a 24, 24, 24 event. So glad you could introduce Malaysian food to your friends, neighbors, and of course us in the Foodbuzz community. The mee goreng looks especially sedap!

Thanks for taking us to Malaysia with you. We took our guests to Hawaii for a luau. Hope you can come over to our blog to check it out!

ICook4Fun said...

Look like you have been busy :) Congratulations PJ for being chosen by foodbuzz. What a nice way to introduce our Malaysian food to your friends and neighbors. Mintak sikit the mee goreng mamak please :)

averagebetty said...

You could charge admission to your parties! Everything looks so delicious I may not want to leave!!

The Duo Dishes said...

Ooooh, the wontons and popiah look too good to be true! What a great dinner. Lovely feast.

Grill Girl said...

Neat cook out! Your dishes are quite different from Southern USA. I will have to play around with those. They look really yummy. Very nice pics too.

Phyllis said...

Hi Salt & Tumeric,

Congrats on 24,24,24!
Awesome post - your Malaysian dishes are making me hungry, especially the satay, popiah and kuih bakar (love pandan). Can't wait for the recipes.

ps. I am also a proud Malaysian!

Anonymous said...

After gawking at your party pictures, I am so homesick!!!

Jo said...

Great job on your 24 party and also featuring all the Malaysian goodies. I'm drooling at the satay on the BB already. Delicious.

Salt N Turmeric said...

Gert, memang busy giler last week. Lepas tu too penat to eat. Sedih sungguh. lol.

Betty, you could stay and eat all day/night long! :)

TDD, you're not kidding. They were gone pretty quickly. Luckily we managed to take some pictures before they were all gone! lol.

GG, yes our food is rather different fr Southern USA and I am happy that I am able to share them with friends. :)

Phyllis, I love anything pandan too. I still fail in making pandan chiffon cake but kuih bakar is very kacang to make.

Ellie, I share your sentiment girl. Everytime I see pics of our Msian food that I dont cook, id be wishing Im in KL.

Jo, thank you! I love sharing our Malaysian food with friends and neighbours. :)

pigpigscorner said...

I miss home!!

Peter M said...

For me, this is another fabulous tour of Malaysian cuisine...very exotic, most appetizing and exciting.

Congrats on a wonderful food event.

lisa (dandysugar) said...

How much fun was this?! FOund your through foodgawker and I'm so glad I did. You have a delicious blog. Every dish is tempting!

Sharon said...

Such beautiful photos and food! I am craving each and every one of these dishes.

Salt N Turmeric said...

PPC, didn't you just came back? lol.

Peter, thank you! :)

Lisa, welcome and thank you!

Sharon, thank you. :)

Bren said...

girl this instantly reminded me of a piano keyboard! love it!

Michelle said...

I can't believe I'm only seeing this now. (I'm way behind on my food blog reading!)

All of the food that you prepared looks absolutely amazing!

My Taste Heaven said...

Oh, how I wish I were invited by you to your lovely party. Craving for all the food you prepared!

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

Wow, I want to go to that party of yours! =D

Jasmine said...

Wow, the mamak mee goreng makes me so hungry! Do you have any recipe to share?