I am not a Kelantanese, but hubby is. So, i've adapted my cooking skills to include food from Kelantan.
This is among others that I have the opportunity to learn from my late mother-in-law. I knew her for just a short 6years. I don't have the chance to learn a lot from her, nor to get to know her that much. There are still a lot of things that I should do to her. Anyway, people always regret things that are no longer within reach.
I am the type of person that didn't open up with people. I take times. I 'held' back.
When she was still with us, I did not keep in writing all the recipes that I learnt from her. Everytime i was going to prepare that dish, in case I forgot anything, I would just gave her a call asking for directions. Now that she is no longer with us, I just have to crammed my head to remember.
Eventhough she was just my mother-in-law, but I do missed her. Since i am married to her beloved son, I did not ask my husband to buy a single thing for me. It was her that kept nagging my husband to buy stuff for me, either just a blouse, furniture or even jewellery.
And what made me regretted so much was that her last wished before she was admitted to the hospital was to come and live with me. I promised her, once she was better, after all the treatment and once she can be discharge, I would bring her here.
But that was the last time she talked to me. She drifted into comma and left us forever after 10days.
So, for mother's day last Saturday, my hubby requested me to cook this for him, and post this recipe as a remembrance for her.
For the gravy:
1kg fish (ikan sardin/selayang)
-blend with some water
5 red onions
1 tbsp black pepper
thick coconut milk
salt and sugar to taste
-pour the coconut milk into a pot, mix in the onions, ginger and black pepper.
-add in blended fish fillet and a piece of dried tamarind slice(asam keping).
-put in salt and sugar to taste.
Can be eaten with laksa or laksam.
-I used store bought.
-i'll give the recipe next time
-have some difficulties in translating...hehehe
ginger bud (bunga kantan)
?? (pucuk gajus)
?? (daun kayu)-i could not find this in the market here, only in Kelantan Or they call it with different name here???)
-slice everything thinly
slices of lime
small red chillies-pounded
some prawn paste (belacan)