Another excuse to scoff some tasty food: Malaysia Day.

Every 16th September Malaysians have a day off (and God knows if they have a lot of them!) and what do they do? They eat! They don't so much talk about the weather as about food, their national pastime. See? food distracted me already! So back to Malaysia Day which commemorates the joining of Malaya, North Borneo (now called Sabah), Sarawak and Singapore. Thing is that Singapore got its own independence from Malaysia in August '65... so I will make a special Singapore National Day next August.

So to celebrate Malaysia Day my special menu will include: "Laksa Sarawak", a sour vermicelli soup with fish and coconut milk (tastes better than it sounds!), a speciality from Sarawak/Borneo. Nasi Lemak with sambal ikan bilis (coconut rice accompanied with small fried anchovies in chilli jam, cucumber, roasted peanuts and hard boiled eggs). We need a sauce to balance everything, so Kari Nenas (pineapple curry with lamb) should nicely compliment the rice. Finally we will wash all this down with Teh Tarik Ais (Malaysian iced tea). Hhhaaaaaaaa