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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Sardine Ambin

AMBIN = in MALAY, it's associated with a little low workbench that u sit on and it's usually placed outside yr verandah or porch, to relax and enjoy the breeze.

Do not underestimate the power of canned fish!...hehe..In the good old times, or rather, the good old 'poor' times, when there was scarcely enough money to buy first class groceries from the market,and budget was brutally tight, we usually settled for the trusted 'Ayam Brand' canned sardines from the Mamak Shop for the day's meals, hoping that we won't die of starvation(*tsk*tsk*)...but cooked with love and gratitude, it may be the best meal of your life!...and I would eat this on the ambin on a lazy afternoon,with cold rice and kicap (soy sauce),licking my fingers away...


Canned 'Ayam Brand' Sardines - I used 1 big and 1 small can
2 red chilles - cut in half, lengthways
2 green chillies, cut as above
1 tomato, wedged
2 tbsp of tamarind - mix with a little water to obtain the 1/2 cup of juice
2 tbsp chilli sauce
2 tbsp tomato sauce
1/2 cup of water

6 onions - sliced (the more the better)
5 cloves of garlic - sliced
a few slices of ginger
7 red chillies - sliced diagonally
3 green chillies - sliced diagonally

salt to taste
1 tsp sugar

Heat 1 cup of oil in wok. Saute the aromatics till fragrant and onions are caramelizing. Add in chilli and tomato sauce. Stir. Add in the sardines, tamarind juice, and water. Add salt and sugar. Cook till gravy is a little thick. Add in the red + green chillies (which have been cut lengthways) and wedged tomato. Remove from heat and serve.

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