Homemade Pork Satay during MCO

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Malaysia announced lockdown / MCO (Movement Control Order) on the 18th March 2020 in the battle to control the spread of Covid-19. During this time, many of us were confine the our own home. The hardest part of the lockdown for me and my family would definitely be the joy of enjoying different delicious food from famous restaurant.

After 2 months into the MCO, I was having a really bad carving for Melaka pork satay. And, decided to do something about it. After doing a lot of research and watching a dozen of youtube videos, I finally made the decision and recreated my cheated version of Pork Satay.

For the pork marinade, I used the satay paste from Snugfood.

Satay Marinade Paste by Snugfood

It’s about RM8/ packet for the 200gm. 1 packet of this is enough for 1 kg of meat. My recipes below is for 2kg of meat.

2 pkt Snugfood Satay Paste (200gm)

200ml Santan UHT (I used the Ayam brand type)

100ml Olive Oil

2kg Pork Belly (Half-half type)

I washed the bamboo stick and soak them in warm water before using. After mixing the marinade above, I proceed to skewered them. Being slightly OCD, I wore a food grade glove while doing it. I find that it helps to give me a better grip when trying to pierce thru the meat. The fat part is harder to pierce. So, be careful not to stab your fingers ! After that, I left the satay to continue marinade in the fridge for another 2-3 hours.

The 2kg meat yielded about 35-40 sticks (depending on how big chunk I cut). I used my Grill pan for the job. Oven set at about 175 degree on grill fan. Remember to flip them around every 5-10 mins to get an even grilling. Cooking time varies between 25-35 mins (depending on the size of the meat chunks)

All ready for the Oven
Freshly out from the Oven. Looks Awesome !

If you cannot finish so many sticks in one seating, you can also opt to freeze them. I vacuum pack the marinaded satay and freeze them for later day. That way, you can just defrost them to grill another day.

For the Peanut sauce, I used the McQuek’s Satay Celup sauce and add extra peanut powder. There’s instruction at the back of the pack. But, I didn’t follow as I wanted a thicker sauce. So, I use about 1/4 of the packet mix with about 3 bowl of water and 3/4 bowl of peanut powder. I boil it on small fire for about 30-40 mins (stirring often to ensure no sticking on bottom).

Peanut Sauce from McQuek’s

Tada ! What do you think? Not bad, right?

Chuletz Homemade Porky Satay !

Nom Nom nom…. craving satisfied.

3 years later

Can’t believe the last post I made was 3 years ago ! wow. time flies. so many things have happened. the world today is a much different place too. The biggest challenge for most of us will probably be staying at home while waiting for this pandemic to slowly be under controlled…

Maybe I should use this time to try blogging again?…. hmm…

I truely pray that this will be over soon and everyone will stay healthy and safe. Take care !

Moutain Buggy Nano travel stroller

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We decided to buy a compact travel stroller which we will use while travelling. Previously, we have tried travelling with the bugaboo bee (which is really light weight as well), but we found that the canopy was slightly damage after getting it back from the flight personnel.

I’m not really going to do much comparison with the other compact travel stroller out there as I think there’s plentiful already online. I think all the stroller on the market today have it’s pros and cons. It really depends on your need and preference.

After some research, I decided to get the mountain buggy nano (it’s by a new Zealand company). We’ve been using the stroller for 7 months now. It has been travelling on plane with us for 4 times and countless road trips / shopping trips. Please bear in mind that at the end of the day, it is still a travel / compact stroller. For our day-in day-out use, I still prefer the bugaboo bee.

 

Ok, so here are some of the reasons why we love the Nano.

  1. It’s really lightweight and compact. Easily foldable to a small size which fits comfortably on the cabin. (weights about 5.9kg)
  2. It comes together with the case. Not an additional option (I’m not sure why other stroller company don’t offer it as a set. Come on… if you put it under travelling stroller, we will definitely need the case / bag. Forcing us to buy as an option is just painful)
  3. It can hold up to 20kg! The other stroller I like was Babyzen Yoyo but their max load is only 15kg.
  4. The baby car carrier adaptor is built-in (not a separate option. Again – I like)
  5. Adjustable leg rest. As Baby R grow taller, it’s easy to fold it down and allow her feet to rest on the basket area.
  6. Mesh top at the back allows breeze to flow thru.
  7. Price point seems fair for the needs we have for a travel stroller.

 

Some things which we don’t really like about the Nano.

  1. The folding only locks the 2 sections together. The handlebar is not lock. So, if you take out the stroller on the metal area, the handlebar will flip over and lock. It’s quite irritating if you want to go around without the case. 20160814_102942

    (We overcome this issue by using the shoulder strap to tie the handlebar back. Mine is the 2016 version. Not sure if the company have rectify this issue, or still working on it)

  2. Once unfold, the canopy is really in the way of the handle bar.
  3. It’s not suitable for tall babies / children. Baby R is not tall and even now she’s touching the mesh top when recline for sleeping.

 

Overall, we still really like the Mountain Buggy Nano especially when travelling. We have even use it as high chair (just flap down the handle bar part). It’s really nice to use it when we are attending wedding dinner in Malaysia. Just fold it down and park it next to us or slide it under the table (instead of leaving it outside the restaurant / hall).