Cravings are usually associated with pregnancy. However, throughout my three pregnancies, I never really had any strong cravings.
The cravings that I have is more due to living far away from my homeland. Malaysia is a blessed country where food is abundance. Whenever I feel like eating certain kind of food, I didn’t have to put much effort in the kitchen, provided I have money to spend.
Cooking takes a lot more effort because it requires googling for a reliable recipe, driving out in the traffic jam and trying to find a parking space to buy the necessary ingredients and then more hours slaving in the kitchen. Even worse, the cooking didn’t turn out the way you wanted, your family refused to eat what you prepared and the kids preferred to dial the pizza anyway.
Now that I live in Tokyo with a working husband (instead of living on a student’s budget), we had a choice to go out to Malaysian restaurants once in a while. I had also known a lady whose husband works at the Malaysian Embassy who takes special order every Wednesday. For this coming Wednesday, this is the menu she’s offering: nasi dagang and laksa Penang.
I had tried cooking nasi dagang before and shared the pictures in this entry and then another entry, but I have never tried making laksa Penang even though it was my late mum’s favourite. My sisters too are great at making it. Somehow, I have this fear that it might not turn out the way they made it if I tried to make it.
However, there are some Malaysian food that I had tried to make but usually with some modification to the recipes, depending on the availability of the ingredients as well as my family’s taste preference.
Among the noodles that I had made are laksa Johor and mi rebus. Then I had also tried making nasi kerabu.
The other rice such as nasi lemak, nasi ayam (chicken rice), nasi biryani, nasi minyak and nasi goreng are considered as pretty common.
The daffodils in my garden have bloomed.
It seemed sunny outside so I thought of enjoying my lunch in the garden.
However, it turned out to be still too cold. I had to bring the food inside and just ate in the living room because the dining table is too far from the window.
I have started to open one layer of the kitchen window and just leave the transparent glass so that I can see the sky while doing the dishes. My neighbour’s plum blossoms are gone. I can see some yellow mimosa (acacia) now and soon, their sakura will bloom. I will be able to enjoy the sakura through my kitchen window. 😍🌸
Spring equinox is approaching and each day sunrise is getting earlier and earlier. Japan doesn’t have Day Light Saving clock adjustment, so this will go on continuously until we reach summer solstice.
For those Muslims living in the tropical countries, prayer times do not vary much throughout the year. The most is probably 30 minutes difference.
However in the four-season countries, we have to keep track of the daily changes because our daily five prayer times are set according to the movement of the sun.
That is today’s prayer times. Shuruq means sunrise. Muslims Subuh or Fajr prayer must be performed before sunrise. So we should set our alarm clock early enough to allow us ample time to wash up before the prayer.
There are two types of washing up, wudu (ablution) or ghusl (full body washing). https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghusl
Thus depending on the type of washing required, the alarm clock is set accordingly. 😊
This morning, I had to wait for the delivery of halal food that I’d ordered online from Baticrom. I had once missed the delivery guy because I went back to sleep after Fajr prayer. So, this morning, I reset the alarm clock for 8:30, though I was anxious I might miss it that I didn’t go back to sleep at all.
The delivery 📦 guy from Kuroneko arrived around 9 am, carrying 2 boxes with him.
That’s the genkan, the entrance of a Japanese house where we leave our outdoor shoes.
Those are the contents of the boxes. The dry box contains rice and the wet one contains frozen halal chicken, beef and paratha.
I cooked Nasi Dagang for dinner today. Nasi dagang is a special rice which originated from the East Coast of Malay Peninsula. There are some variations in the preparation of this rice between the State of Terengganu And the State of Kelantan.
I tasted this rice for the first time when I was 18 when I went to study in Kuantan, Pahang also a state on the East Coast. It is not easy to find this rice on the West Coast of Malay Peninsula, where I came from, that’s why I had never tasted it before that.
To prepare nasi dagang, the rice is usually steamed but I found a blog which gives the simpler version of cooking it, just by using a rice cooker. This rice is usually eaten with fish curry but I had it with chicken curry instead.
The rice is a bit glutinous and cooked with coconut milk. Sliced ginger, fenugreek seeds and screw-pine leaves are added to give it a special aroma.
Maybe the taste is not as authentic but I’m happy to at least relieve some craving. 😍