日曜日, 12月 26, 2004

Moh makan! (part 2): Tanjung Bas Malam*

what is inside this pau?
open and see laaa!
mmm! it has "kaya" in it...! i like!
how come you cannot eat pork? ... if i may ask...
because my religion says cannot.
what else can't you eat?
elephant, dog... cat...

-from lat's town boy


it's boxing day and unlikely most people here, i don't have any leftover turkey to make sarnies with. so i made pau.

as a kid we used to buy the tanjung malim pau at the simpang every time we ventured up north to taiping. after a while, we found out there's too much tulang and too little isi in it. now, with the highway, there was no reason for us to make a detour for pau. i had to make do with the overpriced and too-much-dough versions in kl. over here, i used to get my pau fix from wing yip, a large chinese supermarket in birmingham.Gambarajah 1: Radas memasak pau. to steam the pau, i overturned a little bowl and place it in my rice cooker which is filled with some water. i'd put my pau(s) on a little saucer and place it on the bowl. there you have it, a make-shift steamer. lately i just cannot seem to find any pau of the kaya variety, even in manchester. london has it, and it's a couple of hours by train to simply go and get pau. i decided to make it myself after a friend told me that there is this ready-to-mix flour mixture by some thai company.

Actually quite easy to make!

to make it from scratch you really need bleached flour (yang di-impot dari hong kong!) and gipsum powder. i can't be bothered as this ready-made flour just needs a little bit of water and vegetable oil. knead it and separate it into little balls (one box makes 12, i used half and made 8). flatten the dough and add the inti (i made beef curry, so i had 4 with kari daging and 4 with kaya, my favourite - also a rarity in the north!). fold the dough into a parcel and place a square-shaped piece of paper (i had the nasi bungkus brown paper from malaysia which is pretty handy) on top of the parcel. the smooth top of the pau is actually its bottom (get it?). steam it for 15 minutes and there you go. yum yum, if i should say so myself.

one thing, don't make it too big because it grows when it is cooked.

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[*] what i called tanjung malim as a little kid