Merdeka weekend

When I was living in Malaysia, National Day was just another public holiday. But ever since I’ve moved to Perth, Merdeka Day is suddenly a day of celebration and fanfare. 2 weeks earlier I already told all my friends that I would host a Merdeka Day gathering and that everyone had to contribute a Malaysian dish. Even though Asrul was not around, I wanted to continue his tradition of having a Merdeka Day dinner, but I didn’t realise it was such hard work!

Warning: This is going to be a photo laden post. But I’m so glad I took photos because the weekend went by in a blur and I am so tired now that I don’t remember what I did (=-____-=).

It started on Thursday night when we went to Gerry’s house for dinner after a game of badminton.

He cooked for us! Lately I’ve been very lucky to have my guy friends cooking for me, I really liked his tomato egg dish and want to learn how to cook it.

I am going to try and plan my weekend dinners better in future. All the restaurants that we wanted to go to on Friday night were fully booked and we had to settle for Senoji which has deteriorated since I last visited and was seriously underwhelming. So underwhelming that we had to go to Toto’s for another round of Vietnamese to fill up the guys’ tummies. Then it was straight to Xinlong’s house to wait for him to come back from work at midnight.

Saturday morning was shopping in Northbridge for Sunday’s dinner ingredients. I had such a looong list, luckily the guys were there to carry the bags afterwards. It’s always nice when you meet friends by coincidence, we bumped into Jason and Wendy who were shopping for Sunday as well! Since everyone was there, I brought them to Zekka for coffee.

The long corridor leading to the hidden cafe beyond …

Where good coffees can be found! I’ve decided that I might prefer the coffee at Tiger Tiger after all, but Zekka is pretty good too.

It was nice sitting on the wooden table chatting and drinking coffee. I don’t even remember most of the conversation now but I think Wendy and I were discussing handsome men, haha.

We visited the new shops in Enex 100 and walked around the city , can you spot the guysย  in the crowd?

Then it was back home for a night of preparation. I knew that I had to prepare my chicken curry the night before or I would be stressed out the next day with other dishes to prepare. My sous chef in the kitchen for the Merdeka Day was none other than Dr. Richard. Truly he was amazing in the kitchen and such a great help, I felt so relaxed cooking around him which others can testament usually doesn’t happen when I have visitors in my kitchen. Thank you rabbit.

We picked up Gerry late at night for a McD supper, the first thing he said when he got into our car was ‘you guys smell like chicken curry!’ then it was watching the thrilling Man Utd vs Arsenal match at Bryan’s house, Man U won! This went on till 4 something in the morning and I didn’t get to sleep till 6am.

Sunday was D Day and I woke up at 9am to headed to the city with my sous chefย  for last minute ingredients. Then it was straight into the kitchen for an afternoon of ‘prepping’ and cooking. Fang Da Tong was my background music ๐Ÿ™‚ Entree of the night was my Kuih Salat which to me was an epic fail but everyone else said tasted good.

Jo is becoming the Agar agar princess, her agar agar was so pretty and tasted great as well.

Jason and Wendy’s Bak kut teh, very flavourful with chunks of tender pork ribs.

Richard’s sambal prawns which was reminded me of hints of my mum’s sambal prawns because I called my mum to ask her for the recipe. I loved the brinjals and okra, too bad there was no daitaohas in there. It would be nice to feature daitaohas in a daitaoha blog right?

Richard’s sambal fish which he tried to recreate based on what we described of my mum’s cooking, it wasn’t the same but was still very tasty fish. I’ll have to go back to Malaysia for my ah ma’s cooking ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Bryan’s beehoon which went great with chicken curry sauce, the whole pot was empty by the end of the night.

My nasi lemak which I served with chicken curry. I quite liked how the chicken curry turned out, but I think I still need to improve on the nasi lemak. Instead of the normal sambal, I had sambal sotong which is my favourite condiment of traditional nasi lemaks. I think the only thing I didn’t take a photo of was Gerry’s Sambal Kangkong, sorry Gerry!

Everyone chomping away, Jo also served us Air Bandung, it was a real Malaysian feast!

Pretty Wendy with my nasi lemak.

Time for dessert. We were really stuffed and I couldn’t even make it to dessert.

Even our dessert was Malaysian, Jo’s Bobochacha had chunks of sweet potato, sago and purple potato. I think we overindulged with coconut milk that night.

There was still tons of food leftover which was good because it meant I could pack lunch boxes for everyone the next day. My lunch today was bak kut teh ๐Ÿ™‚

Random picture of my totoro bedroom slippers which are very old and broken but I still love because Totoro is so cute.

Xinlong the Teh Tarik man ‘tarik-ed’ mugs of frothy sweet teh tarik for us, does he look professional??

Even though the preparation was a little tiring and I was quite worn out by the end of the night, it was all worth it because we all had a great time and it was definitely a memorable event, at one point, we even sang the Malaysian anthem *shy*, thanks for coming everyone and contributing great dishes, happy merdeka 2009!

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5 Responses to “Merdeka weekend”


  1. 1 cynthia August 31, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    I’ve lost touch with the ‘Merdeka’ thingy.. probab because I am far far away from both Perth and Malaysia.

    Yet, I’m very much into this ‘Aussie Aussie Aussie OI OI OI’ thingy as I went to an international congress as an Australian *what the* you may ask ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Man! I love the food you guys had! I will be eating very very ‘healthy’ over here. I hope. At least, alcohol free for me ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I need to get rid of .. minima.. 10kilos =(

    Have a nice week ahead! x

    • 2 daitaoha August 31, 2009 at 4:11 pm

      I can’t seem to get into the Aussie Oi Oi Oi thing, maybe after a few VBs?

      Next year you can join us for our Merdeka gathering!

  2. 3 Richard August 31, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Wow! that was a very nice weekend with lots of food.
    See how confident Alunso is after his haircut!
    Jo’s agar agar and buburchacha were great…Lots of coconut milk…yum yum!
    Most of the dishes were spicy, so Alunso’s teh tarik and Jo’s desserts gave the dinner a really good ending.
    The curry was very nice…I think it was everyone’s favourite.
    Thanks Daitaoha and everyone for the food and effort.

  3. 5 ๅ‚‘ไป” September 1, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Arh!!!!where is my 10 dollars Kangkong? it was the most expensive veg i ever bought


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