Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Laksa Kelantan

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)
-clean
-grill
-fleshed
-blend with some water

5 red onions
1/2" ginger
1 tbsp black pepper
-blend well

thick coconut milk

salt and sugar to taste

-pour the coconut milk into a pot, mix in the onions, ginger and black pepper.
-heat
-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.

Laksa
-I used store bought.

Laksam
-i'll give the recipe next time
-have some difficulties in translating...hehehe

Garnishing:
ginger bud (bunga kantan)
cucumber (timun)
?? (pucuk gajus)
?? (daun kayu)-i could not find this in the market here, only in Kelantan Or they call it with different name here???)
daun kesum

-slice everything thinly

bean sprout
slices of lime
small red chillies-pounded
some prawn paste (belacan)

8 comments:

Ray said...

Is it my eye or the laksa looks a bit dry ? He he sorry, I cant be a good food critic .. he he .. I bet it tasted good.

Feel sorry about your mom in law.
So, did you learn how to make Ayam Percik from her ? Nasi Dagang ?

On " daun kayu ",
I think she meant, as known in Kelantan - " Sergha Kayu " or " Serai Kayu ". Known in Indonesia as Daun Salam ( Eugenia polyantha Wight ). In Kelantan, the leaves is sometimes or maybe often used in Nasi Kerabu / Laksa(m). The leaf smells like a concoction of lemon-grass & kesum.

Ambo ghaso hok tu doh !

drNO said...

Uishh...ingatkan omputeh yang tinggal kan komen tadi.
Ada gak oghe kelate nama Ray.
Kuah pekat da..tu pasai nampak kering..
peh tu, kat gambaq tu, lepaih boh kuah baru tabuq timun suma.
tapi x dak dedaunan kayu tu di sini la. hmmm..
n ya betul...baru teringat, ma penah habaq, serai kayu...lupa, lupa... :))
thank you...

HLiza said...

I'm not so much into laksa unless it's my mom's cooking..she cooks Laksa Kedah.
Nice post about your MIL..I'm lucky too to have a loving MIL.

Jacelyn Chew said...

nice to meet you....r u living in Ipoh?...coz you said you were there in Parkson too that day....remember, the 2 boobs on the bear! ha..from your blog, I guess you are a Malay. I saw your kids' photo, your gal looks pretty ya....with big round eyes...

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Jenni said...

I think that pucuk gajus is the young leaves of the cashew nut tree.

Thanks so much for the recipe. I am an Australian who used to live in Ipoh (Tambun actually). I absolutely adorelaksa - all kinds.

But my partner only seems to like Laksa Kelantan, so I am looking for recipes that use ingredients I can get or grow here in Australia.

Daun kesum is called daun cenehom in Perak, and Vietnamese mint in Australia. I can grow it easily here. Likewise kunyit can be grown here.
Good luck with your blogging life!