Pot luck; food blogger’s style and Happy Chap Goh Meh

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Food blogger + pot luck = never ending amount of food to feed your tummy all the way till your soul. Er, the last part meant, endless conversations and food topics. Ladies, maybe we can do this every month!! But maybe the amount of food can be reduced so we can still enter through the door. Ho ho ho.

Ok so the mission is a pot luck cum BBQ. Contenders, me (of course), Wendy of Table for 2… or more, Tracie of Bitter Sweet Flavours, Sonia of Nasi Lemak Lover, Veronica of Quay Po Cooks, Pei-Lin of Dodol & Mochi, and the host, Reese of ReeseKitchen. Seven of us to rule the barbecue pit. But the weather wasn’t treating us well. Ahh I’ll tell u why in a bit.

Each of us brought in some food for the pot luck session. Being food bloggers, we want to make so many things and share but we just don’t have enough stomachs to eat them all. So hrmmm if u’re in KL and wanna join us, drop me a mail πŸ˜‰ Prior to the gathering, we had alot of emails among each other deciding on what type of food we wanna bring so we don’t end up with 10 cakes and 1 rice dish and sandwiches (get what I mean… ) We tried separating the menu to starters, salad, main, bbq food, dessert, snacks and whatevernots, just so we have a balanced “diet” (ahem…) and also cause we’re food bloggers, we wanna make something nice πŸ˜‰

Cut things short, the day arrived and we were all pretty much excited about it.

So come the day, most of us arrived at about 3-4pm at Reese’s place. Poolside bbq, sounds good right? Not quite yet.hehe

We started off by the norm, Yee Sang since it’s Chinese New Year.

Homemade yee sang is so much better than store bought ones or those mediocre ones served in restaurants. I remember the only time I’ve eaten home made yee sang was during my student days in Sydney. My housemate made it. It was super yummy. This one by Sonia is equally good! I checked, she has a recipe here! Fret not you can make it next year for CNY too!!

Lou lou lou! Toss toss toss! Don’t even imagine what we ‘wished’ for when we did theΒ  tossing. HAHAHA πŸ˜‰

After the yee sang, we ate non stop. Hahaha Some of us were busy starting fire for the BBQ, we got it done after a while and started to put in everything we could as the sky looks abit, gloomy πŸ™

There you have it, chicken wings marinated by Reese. It was quite unusual to me cause the marinade was green!! Yup, it’s with coriander, lemongrass and shallots. Simple to prepare, and although it looks green at first, it tasted good!! I was abit worried if it could be too overwhelming with coriander but wrong, I was. It’s yummy! Found the recipe here.

The one wrapped in aluminium foil was Sonia’s Assam Fish wrapped in banana leave. Hrmm, can’t find the recipe on her site. So just gotta wait till she posts it up. By the time the fish were cooked, it started to drizzle a little. We had to pack everything back up into Reese’s place and eat it in her dining hall. Too bad I didn’t take any pictures of the fish.

Lastly, the one you see at the back wrapped in banana leaves are Veronica’s dish, Otak Otak. Goooood!!!! I don’t know why I have weird cravings for Otak-Otak. No, actually I don’t know why I like to eat Otak-otak so much. She doesn’t have the recipe in her blog but we’re all waiting for it!!!It’s here! One of the best Otak-otak I’ve ever had. I shall (read, SHALL) attempt to make it next time. πŸ˜›

I made some Vietnamese style Spring Rolls to balance off the meal since it’s packed with more vegetables than other things. Will post the recipe soon. It was my first time making this, luckily it turned out not too bad. Previously, I had wrapped them during my student days in Sydney. Back then, I had a Vietnamese friend who prepared this dish for us during one of the pot lucks we had fortnightly. This one was … passable. Lol

Notorious homemade Bak Kwa (Minced pork jerky) by Wendy! The last time she made this, it was 15 years ago *gasp* This time, she attempted it again and it was good. You’d need to sundry the slices before barbequeing them. And I was the one who barbequed it, as quick as possible before the rain starts to pour.

No, as quick as possible because it burns VERY VERY FAST!!!

Me, living the bak kwa moment. Haha It’s not easy to cook them over big flames!! I must be shouting “aahh!! slower slower slower” But the effort has paid off, though some of them are severely burnt. LOL It’s much porkier than those sold outside. boo

We had 2 main dishes, one of them was Shanghai Noodles from Veronica. If i’m not wrong, it’s this one here. Simple stir fried noodles that takes on sambal very well. And also to eat fill in your stomach before the chicken wings are ready.

The other was Nasi Kerabu which me and Wendy made. OK actually she made the more important parts. I only made the rice and the ulam. The cucumber pickles were by Veronica. No recipe for this yet as it was my first time doing it. Although it’s quite easy to make the rice and ulam. Just cook the rice with water soaked with bunga telang (Blue Pea Flower) It’s a natural colouring hence the rice has turned abit blue-ish. For the ulam, slice vegetables like cabbage, long beans, bunga kantan (ginger flower) and some coriander. Remember to slice as thin as possible. I knew it too late. HahaFor the rest of the condiments, you’d have to wait for Wendy πŸ™‚

Are you full to brim yet just by looking at the amount of food we had ?

For desserts, we had 3 things. I made mini Ispahan cakes. I just posted the recipe a couple of days back, here.

The rest were prepared by Tracie. This one here is a nian gau puff made by wrapping stick cake in puff pastry. The recipe here it is. She also made red bean tong sui. My picture didn’t turn out good but it looks just like this one!

Penang-Style Fruit Salad, a.k.a. Penang Rojak

Not forgetting Pei-Lin who turned up albeit late. Poor girl came even when she was sick. She brought in Penang style fruits rojak (uh, forgot to take pictures hence I took it off her flickr website)

Ah.. wait!! Wendy gave each of us her agar agar candy as well. No pics again lol!! But it’s on her blog.

Just 7 of us, and it looks like a feast for 14! I had a great time and I hope there are more to come!! Woo hoo!

Today is the last day of the Chinese New Year Celebrations (Hence, Happy Chinese Valentines Day), are u going to throw mandarin oranges into the river / pond / sea? I went last year to throw some mandarin oranges, in hopes of finding a good husband (Haha, the tradition says so! not me πŸ˜›) But I still haven’t found one yet. Such difficulties, can someone make it easier for me? Lol

Anyways, there’s a saying that my mum told me a few days ago. You’d have to say it in Hokkien to understand it (makes more sense if in Hokkien)

Moh kam, keh hor ang
(Throw mandarin oranges, marry a good husband)
Moh peng koh, chua hor boh
(Throw apples, marry a good wife)
Moh keng jeiu, tiuk beh peiu
(Throw banana, win lottery)

Ok then maybe I should throw the mandarin orange and banana together, so I can marry a good husband and win lottery! HAHAHA

Have u tried the whole “throwing mandarin oranges” thingy before?

Happy Chap Goh Meh!!

14 Comments

14 Comments on Pot luck; food blogger’s style and Happy Chap Goh Meh

  1. j3ss kitch3n says:

    what a wonderful potluck gathering! all the dishes looks so wonderful and the desserts as well.

    I never tried the mandarin orange throwing before worst i never heard of it haha

  2. ai wei says:

    happy chap goh mei!
    that’s really a lot of food you guys prepared.
    can finish?

  3. sweesan says:

    j3sskitch3n, yup i think its originated from Penang, and it’s a Malaysian tradition.

    aiwei, cannot finish!! had to tah pau some of the things..

  4. oo… love foodie gathering.. its soo fun! Everything looks really awesome. Just goes to show how you girls always manage to have great fun eating.. πŸ™‚

    I m a mom living in KL, love to join you gals sometimes!

  5. wendyywy says:

    Thank you for being the fire woman that day.
    So grateful for that!!

  6. Reese says:

    Happy Chap Goh Meh!! Thank you for bbq-ing the bak kwa..heehee! Thanks for coming too…:) I, too wish that we can gather more often..:)

  7. Pei-Lin says:

    OMG, I love you all so, so much!!! Thank you for everything and bearing with me and for being understanding even though I was sick.

    For our little ladies’ afternoon at Veron’s, I promise I’m gonna do better than what I had last Saturday! Sorry, I was just a bit disoriented, I guess … =(

    Yes, mai same like you lor! Let’s throw tangerines and bananas into Sg. Klang(?) or Gombak(?) … LOL! Or forget about the tangerines, just bananas will do … MUAHAHAHA!

    I’m kinda free already lar … Can kacau me at work tomorrow till I’m gone at 1 p.m.!!! Catch up with you soon. =)

  8. Elin says:

    hahahaha Swee San…your Chap Goh Meh throwing of oranges and apples and banana is so funny. I have never heard of throwing bananas ! Did you and Pei Lin went to throw those into the Sg Klang???? The food looks great and I wished I was there to finish all your leftovers :p All great cooks and with Wendy pregnny and all still can cook so many dishes.. Salute to her !

  9. Su-yin says:

    Now I am totally craving otak-otak – I haven’t had it in YEARS! Definitely bookmarking that recipe, if I can find all the ingredients I might just have to make it this weekend. πŸ˜›

    You know, they actually have a big Chap Goh Meh celebration in Penang every year. Not sure if they throw bananas though, think it’s just the oranges. Lol.

  10. sweesan says:

    Jenn, sure next time u can join us πŸ™‚

    wendy, I know right. u’re welcome hahaha

    Reese, can we do once a month ok !! next time we do diet food HAHAHA

    Pei-Lin, no one throws into sg klang or gombak because it’s too dirty and no one will be bothered to go there to pick the oranges. Next time if sick, rest at home la..

    Elin, don’t worry surely we’ll finally meet up in the next (or next next) gathering

    Su-yin, so efficient!! the recipe is up on Veron’s blog u can go have a look
    Now in PJ and KL, there are alot of places hosting CGM celebrations, especially the lakes. They even have people singing n performing there, like a mini concert. *gulp*

  11. Jocel Tan says:

    I love gathering especially where there is abundant of mouth watering and home cooked food. Nice food photoshots too! Hope to join you gals one day!

  12. Hahaha, I like the last part of Hokkien saying, so cute!

  13. mycookinghut says:

    Woww!! There were so many things to eat! Btw, I love the saying! πŸ˜‰

  14. Lena says:

    i read from a blogger throwing pomelo and coconut husk into the river when he was very young then, that was so funny! next time write your blog url on the mandarin oranges before you throw,then probably chances are higher..haha!

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