Shareable Mains, Sides and Desserts for Hari Raya Puasa : Part 1
Time for the big delicious feast of Hari Raya Puasa. And we’ve got shareable mains, sides, desserts to celebrate a Selamat Hari Raya! From crispy chilli padi garlic chicken, known as ayam taliwang, to a sweet meltingly cool dessert of pandan, gula melaka and coconut. Or, a spicy, and some say "stinky" sambal prawn petai that will surely get conversations going, there something for every stomach this Aidilfitri.
First up - drumlets work best with this fragrant fried garlic chilli chicken, or ayam taliwang. Pick an afternoon to cook up a storm of belachan, kecap manis, or sweet soy sauce, shrimp paste, garlic and lots of chilli padi. Then drench over a pack of drumlets, overestimate and not under, because this one’s extremely addictive. Serve in a big bowl so everyone can grab one easily, or on rice, so all the dripping sauces go somewhere useful.
Some say you can’t celebrate without an egg dish. And we think so with this one that’s filled with crunchy long beans and sweet juicy prawns. Three eggs should feed about four people, and if you’re bringing it somewhere for dinner, knife through the omelette and pack in slices flat on top of each other, separating with kitchen paper. It helps the unpacking, so dinner starts on time.
A triple threat of a dessert. Pandan, coconut milk and gula melaka melt together, each having their own place in this sweet, smooth jelly. For a sweet surprise, melt some hot gula melaka and pour on cold jelly. Finally, top with shredded coconut flakes and join in a conversation, because this one’s a dish that won’t get in the way of your talking.
4. Kaya Puffs
Bring out a warm tray of sweet kaya butter triangles and watch it get passed around quickly. To make, all you’ll need is a bottle of kaya spread and some store-bought dough, one goes into the other, and both in the oven. With such inexpensive ingredients, you can afford to make more for everyone.
Begin with a palm-sized helping of dried chilli paste and bruise up a lemongrass stick and a few sprigs of mint (Vietnamese mint if you can find it). Don’t stop blending until you get a smooth, fine paste, and for some citrus sweetness, fresh pineapple slices and tamarind juice will do the trick. You can use all parts of the chicken, or save yourself and guests time with drumlets and wings – easy picking for all.
Love it or hate it, this dish will be a conversation starter at the table. That’s because the broad “stinky” bean, or petai, as it’s known lends a chewy, slightly bitter taste that pairs strangely well with juicy prawns and spicy sambal belacan. A dab of palm sugar and sweet-sour assam juice turns the whole thing into sugar, spice and everything nice. Scoop this classic trio onto white rice for one satisfying meal. Plus, let Chef Wan show you how to do it right.
7. âââââââMutton Shallots Fried Rice
In a feast, your guests will always save space for a main dish. And here, we’ve got just that one - tender braised mutton and deeply fragrant shallot fried rice. For an unusual side, grab a few bittersweet melinjo crackers and fry up a hot sunny side egg. Fry well tumeric, appetite-opening curry leaves and sweet shallots to make plain white rice taste extra good. Fried rice, very nice!