January 15, 2009

The answer to my cravings

I am now 16 weeks pregnant and this particular week, my appetite has grown tremendously. I think about food more often than usual and when I’m starving, I'm like a woman possessed. I've been craving for Nasi Lemak and goreng pisang, food whioch aren't healthy or nutritious. Nonetheless, I can’t help myself and this has driven me to dine at this small food outlet almost everyday.

The place is called Malaysian Flavours and it is situated at 110, Riccarton Road. Since it is only 5 minutes drive from campus, I go there very very often. There was one time, I had such an enormous appetite that I ordered one meal after another and even tapau some for dinner.

On that historical day, I had a large plate of Nasi Lemak (they have small and large meals), roti pisang with chicken curry, teh tarik, bubur pulut hitam and some of hubby’s Nasi Briyani. All that for lunch.

Feeling a tad embarrassed for eating so much, I proudly declared my pregnancy to the owner, Sheila. Maybe I should start wearing a shirt like the lady in the cartoon so I don't have to explain myself every time. 

Anyway, I felt so much better after the declaration that I ordered a plate of banana fritters a.k.a. goreng pisang panas- panas. To my dismay, Sheila told me those are ‘special’ and only cooked during weekends. Hmm...confusion, confusion. What makes goreng pisang so special? Beats me.

Not satisfied, I decided to make my own goreng pisang when I got home. And so the experiment began…  

1st Attempt
Went grocery shopping and bought a bunch of bananas, flour and...oh!that’s it.

Combine flour, sugar and a pinch of salt in a mixing bowl.
Pour in water and combine into a batter. Just stir the batter until it looks ‘okay’.
Coat banana halves in the ‘okay’ batter and deep-fry until golden brown. Serve on a beautiful serving plate and pray that someone will eat it.  
*Do not try this unless you like limp and squishy banana fritters  

2nd Attempt
Surfed the net and found a decent recipe for goreng pisang. Printed the recipe and went grocery shopping.  

Combine various types of flour, salt and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
Pour in water and combine into a batter.
Add in some oil to mix.
Coat banana halves in the beautiful batter and deep-fry in super hot cooking oil until crispy and golden brown. Remove and drain on crumbled kitchen paper.  

Result: Really yummy and authentic-like goreng pisang. A success!

I guess being pregnant is not so bad after all. Despite having morning sickness, developing annoying rashes and losing my waistline, I have learnt how to prepare my very own banana fritters!! You never know, I might even bake a yummy lemon cheesecake (CL's recipe) for my next experiment.


Caroline said...

Ya ya.. u shd make tu lemon cheesecake.. really easy one that. Plus over there you can just go supermarket buy the readymade biscuit base. Then u just make the cheese/jelly topping, plunk that on top of the base, freeze and eat. Since Alex don't eat, you can have whole cake to yourself..

p/s but don blame ur disappearing waistline on me k? hehehehe

Carpe Diem_78 said...

At least you have a restaurant selling nasi lemak and a live-in Asian cook with you ;-) Anyways, you are pregnant, you have to eat for two people, what excuse do I have. I have put on at least two kg since I got here, all thanks to the chilly winter and lovely french pastries...

Lizeewong said...

A live-in Asian cook huh? Love that..hehehehe..You, on the other hand have a first-class pastry chef my dear ;-)