Friday, December 09, 2005

Maggie Murtabak

Friend: "Why u alwez cook so canggih food wan?"
Me: "No lah, i oni brog about nice looking wan lah. Cacat wan all I hide. Paiseh"
Friend: "Haiyaa.. nevermind wan. Wan to see normal food oso leh"
Me: "Hmm.. but my normal food oso not very normal leh..."

Here's a sample of normal food that I cook. Experimental cooking with limited resources. Student food. Edible, but not something you can sell as food in a restaurant.

Introducing my Maggie Murtabak!

First, fry whatever you want as the filling. Standard stir fry - first brown the onions, then the meaty stuff, followed by the vege vege stuff. Season with some oyster sauce and The Shark!

I put in mushrooms, leftover bacon, chopped up sausages, and mixed vege. Suggestions of other stuff that might go well - chopped up burger, fish ball, crab stick, lap cheong, left overs, ...

Boil and seive some maggie mee (instant noodles). Crushed them beforehand so you get short-short strands. Add in half a pack of the seasoning.

Mix it up real good, then flatten the whole thing on a pan. By now, the stove should be on very low heat.

Remember, low low heat.

Crack 2 eggs into a bowl. Season with some soy sauce and pepper. Beat the eggs reallllllll good! Need to get more air in so that the eggs would fluff up and hold everything together.

Pour the eggs over the flattened noodles. Tilt the pan around to make sure the egg is evenly distributed.

Once again... low low heat! We need the eggs in the center to cook before the bottom gets burnt.

Cover it up to trap some heat so the eggs get evenly cooked.

When you think that it's firm enough to handle, flip the whole thing to cook the top part.

Serve hot.

Top with some mayonaise/ketchup/curry/sambal/dhal.

Close-up shot of a bite-sized piece of Maggie Murtabak.


At December 09, 2005 11:18 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhh, good old fashioned dorm food!

At December 10, 2005 12:43 am, Blogger howsy said...

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At December 10, 2005 12:48 am, Blogger howsy said...

Wow...u could read minds...I prepared the same Maggi Goreng also minus the Murtabak part. Seems that Maggi Mee is really a Malaysian food's must. It took me 6-7 mins to prepare. How long was yours? Feel free to check out my version of Maggi Goreng

At December 10, 2005 1:03 am, Blogger shawnchin said...

Mine too a little longer. Had to use really low heat to make sure the eggs get properly cooked without burning.

You version looks pretty good. Mussels.. MMmmm... should get some of those :)

At December 10, 2005 2:15 am, Blogger iwannaeatporkchoptonight said...

Did you just wake up one day and wondered why maggi and murtabak have never gotten to know each other up, close and personal? Or is it just me, that I've been away from our homeland that I've completely lost touch with what's hot on Malaysian plates...

p/s: It's linked :)

At December 10, 2005 2:20 am, Blogger shawnchin said...

haha.. yeah. Something like that. Looked at what I had in stock and, well, for a while there it seemed to make sense.

I do miss the authentic pasar malam murtabak though... with the sweet onion sauce.. oh my!

At December 14, 2005 12:31 pm, Blogger graceshu said...

damn that looks good.

i'm all for experimental cooking. :)


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