I didn’t expect there was a surprise for my birthday yesterday. All I wanted was a gouache for my project and I asked for Buttermilk Prawn for our dinner last night. The kitchen was off-limit only for a few minutes after my daughter arrived from school. I thought my husband had bought me a normal cake, but I never expected it to go that far. Lol. If you guys haven’t noticed yet, he ordered a custom birthday cake decorated with my Hogwarts House, Hufflepuff colors, and house logo on it and placed the Hufflepuff scarf around the cake. Such a surprise! My daughter usually didn’t like to go near the cake if we celebrated our birthdays or her birthday, something about the candle and loud cheer frightened her but this time she came closer and joined in.
The dinner was sooo good. He nailed the taste although it was his first time trying the new recipe. Even though we are away from our family back home in Brunei during Eid-Ul Fitri, I’m so thankful I could spend such a sweet moment like this with just my husband my daughter♡
“Selamat Hari Raya to all my Muslim readers and Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers out there, whether you are a past, present or soon-to-be mom (◕‿◕)♡”
The part of what I loathe the most when living in a foreign country is when you crave more of your home country’s foods.
I finally uploaded my vlog #20 here. When I see there are still backlog videos that I need to edit for the sake of ‘purging’ them out of my cellphone storage, I realized most of them are all foods. It already sucks that I’m living away from Brunei it even sucks that some of the main ingredients or products I couldn’t even get from any Asian shop here.
For example, if I wanted to make Kuih Kosui, this sweet jiggly pandan taste-like cakes coated with shredded coconut they need to have lime water to make it perfect.
Can I tweak or substitute it?
The answer is yes and no. Yes, if you expect the imperfect taste of it. However, if you are like me, who doesn’t know how to tweak or couldn’t find any substitute for the ingredients or even worst a bad cook, then you’ll know the answer to this is no.
I miss eating…
There are so many I miss about Brunei foods. But I mainly miss eating the traditional wet dessert cakes like Kosui or Malaysian called it Kaswi, Pinyaram, Ardam, Wajid, and Kelupis. Whilst Brunei traditional cuisine that I miss as well are Belutak and Aminah Arif Restaurant’s main dish, Daging Urat Tumis.
The appearance of traditional kuih-muih you can watch in my latest vlog below.
My attempt & What Is Missing
Glad I still keep this picture with me. Compare to the first picture here and my experiment, straight from the bat you already know something is missing. My Pinyaram tasted tough, but the perfect Pinyaram usually tastes soft and has this crunchy edge frills that roll up after frying and the middle usually raises like a UFO spaceship shape and does not turn up like Dorayaki.
What did I do wrong here? Simply say the substitute ingredient that I thought I could tweak made it a failed attempt. Instead of using gula Anau I used brown sugar. Bear in mind that gula Anau is nowhere to be found here. In order to get it, you have to wait for my husband’s generous colleague who wants to help us to bring it here– that if they want to help. Asking my family to post it via normal mail post is not an option here because it’s not dry food. Even if I ask them to crystallize the sugar so that it’ll turn up like refined sugar I’m not so sure the quality will be good.
Same as Ardam although it almost looks the same as the perfect one (pardon me there’s no picture of my failed attempt) the texture was very unlikely the same. Mine was hard and not soft and gritty at all.
Selurut, Wajid & Kelupis
I think I can make the filling of these two wet foods. However, I couldn’t find the leaves that wrapped these foods here, because Selurut uses Nypa Palm leaves, which come from a tropical palm tree that is usually found near the mangrove swamp river, and for Kelupis, you gonna need Daun Nyirik (peel leaves).
The only leaves that I saw last time in the Asian shop were just frozen pre-cut banana leaves packed in clear plastic. So without the leaves, it won’t be as fragrance and authentic as the original recipe.
For Wajid, since I used to help my mother make it during Eid Ul Fitr’s eve I can accept that I can eat it without the need to wrap the Wajid with Daun Nyirik. I remember my mother giving me a spoonful of serving size and placing it on the plate for me to taste. To me, the taste was already good so I don’t think I need the leaves to complete the taste.
My 6-year old’s brain used to think this snakelike food was fine as long as this ‘snake’ tastes as beefy and sweet, just like real beef meat 😄 but actually, Belutak is made up of salted minced meat stuffed into casings of cow’s or buffalo’s small intestines.
In Brunei, they sell it in a clear packet in the supermarket or personal vendor and the price ranges from BND6 to BND10 depending on the weight of the product. I love to buy it from Perindustrian Beribi which cost the cheapest and stir-fried it with onion and a pinch of salt. I can make 4 portions from just one whole roll. But don’t expect me to share it with you because it’s so so so delicious, although the look isn’t that appealing.
Daging Urat Tumis Aminah Arif
It’s trimming of the beef cooked with soy sauce and turmeric and other ingredients that no one can copy no matter how many recipes you can find out there that claimed it’s Aminah Arif’s real recipe. It’s already their signature dish along with their main dish, Ambuyat that is solely served here. One dish cost BND4 and it’s for two persons serving. If you order in a set with Ambuyat I think it’ll cost you much cheaper. A whole set of Ambuyat full package (if I can remember) comprises of Ambuyat, Daging Urat Tumis, choice of cooked veggies, Ulam-ulaman, the Ambuyat dipping sauce, Belutak, and cooked fish. You can watch my vlog below for a better view of it.
So I hope it will be. Here are my vlogs that I have been editing for the past few weeks; finally I have some times to do it so I begin to continually update my vlog channel and hoping I can upload it once a week as I usually did last year.
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One word is already enough to create the buzz amongst Bruneian. Yes, the other district in Brunei Darussalam that famous for its beautiful reserved tropical rainforest and its popular Malay local foods: Wajid Jawa, Cendol Temburong and last but not least, their local giant freshwater prawn or what we called it Udang Galah.
Since the Temburong bridge is open until 10 pm it is accessible for the people to be able to go there and I feel so grateful I could experience passing the 22km long bridge which takes about 20 minutes to go to the other side when my family kind of ‘stranded’ in our own country in the midst of this pandemic.
I almost forgot the new craze menu the Temburong people manage to create from Udang Galah–it’s the Burger Udang Galah. If you don’t mind waiting in queue for hours just to get this burger, for BND3 it is worth to try once in your life.
I also have the chance to see some improvement done by the government for the place especially at the public areas like this one image below.
It isn’t officially opened to the public yet. However, I am excited about what else they want to do with this place in the coming few weeks. What I know at the moment phase 2 is under construction. Phase 2 is building a waterfront. I can’t wait to see it. Although we can’t go to Miri or Limbang– two of Malaysia’s small towns that close to Brunei’s border due to the Covid-19 restrictions, at least we get to see a new place inside our country that worth for a visit.
I never thought of winning something but since someone tagged me in Instagram about this local beverage shop’s tag and win thing so I tagged again my friends and my hubby and just this Tuesday I read my IG message the shop chose me amongst the 10 winners. I felt so lucky!
I won two vouchers: free Signature Kurma drink and 50% off if you purchase the same drink. Brew9 is a new shop. So I guess this is just their marketing strategy to introduce the shop to all.
So yesterday I came to Brew9 shop to get my free drink. The taste was not overly sweet. I could taste the blended coffee and dates. Even though there were jellies in it, it didn’t taste weird. Also, I am very surprised that coffee and dates do go well together. Cool combo.
The shop has an app if you want to make your order and delivery too. It’s a must I guess since we are still not free from the pandemic. But just a few days ago Brunei had announced that local premises is open to the customer to dine in(with maximum 30 persons and still maintain social distancing), many people came to order their drinks.
They have other drinks that I feel like I want to try. However, they aren’t cheap. Lol. Perhaps, when payday comes I would try their juice and the macarons.
Brew9’s location: Ground floor, The Walk, Beribi, Gadong