We spent the festival as my family gathered together, this time each of us cooked up a dish or two. Unfortunately we were too busy eating that we didn't manage to capture all the dishes that we prepared.
For me, I cooked Beef Rendang (Rendang Padang) as I was craving for it and dad likes spicy food as well.
After dinner, we proceed on to admire the moon and have our store bought moon cakes that my sisters brought over. It was tooth achingly sweet. Next year, I will plan to make my moon cakes nearer to the festival instead.
The moon was not impressive tonight. Usually it was huge and round but tonight, it is keeping its distance.
We did have fun lighting up candles though.
The next morning, my girl told me that the moon was stunning when she was getting ready for school.
Did we get the date wrong?
What you need:
1/2 kg beef, cut into medium sized pieces
1 turmeric leaf (cut into big pieces)
4 kaffir lime leaves
3 cm thick galangal - bruised
1 stalk of lemon grass
salt to taste
500g chilled coconut milk (you can get from supermarket)
1 cup water (add more if it evaporate quickly before meat turns soft)
Spices to grind
35 chilli padi, deseed (add more if you like it spicy)
3 cloves garic
ginger (half your thumb size)
Heat wok and add oil (approx 3-4 tsbp).
Fry grinded spices till fragrant.
Add chicken pieces and stir till beef is well coated with spices.
Add in turmeric leaves, kaffir lime leaves, ginger and lemongrass.
Add in coconut milk with water and bring to a boil.
Lower heat and simmer till meat is soft and tender.