Bibik's Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng Bibik)
Last Saturday, we went to the zoo. It's been quite a while that we have been anywhere at all just for the purposes of having fun. I must say that it is only now that we have felt very fully settled down in our new home and that we have started scheduling some outings and fun times with both Sayf and Suhaym as we usually did and lead life as per normal.
Sayf and his cousin, Aasif. Different point of view?? Hmmmm...
Sayf and his signature smile!
Sayf on the Polar Bear!
My Kitchen-ing Assistant aka "Bibik" with my 11 month old, Suhaym.
I decided to get the corporate zoo pass from the company that I worked for, Allen & Gledhill LLP. Staff members are entitled to free entry at the zoo and we are allowed to bring along with us three guests who are also entitled to enter free of charge. We had great fun even though it was quite a hectic day at the zoo. A special time for supermodel(s) like me to work off those very much unwanted but very clingy fats. We had quite a long walk, going uphill and downhill with two toddlers and a baby along with two prams in tow. I invited my sister-in-law with her son Aasif who is about two years old. The kids certainly had lots of fun whilst we shouted and ran after them. I think the animals at the zoo enjoyed looking at us as much as we enjoyed looking at them. My kitchen-ing assistant who has never had the privilege of visiting a zoo, really enjoyed herself too. Suhaym still wasn't able to appreciate the surroundings. He was just happy when it was time to drink milk and got cranky when it was time for his nap and when he felt that I needed to exert myself, he started screaming for me. So every now and then I walked with a 10 kg weight in my arms! I must have lost some weight by the time we reached home that day. ;p
The food and drinks at the zoo can be quite expensive. For parents with kids who are growing up, we sure have lots of saving to do. Therefore, we decided to pack some fish fillet sandwiches for snacks and for lunch, our kitchen-ing assistant's signature, fried rice! Since we call her "Bibik", I named this fried rice Nasi Goreng Bibik or Bibik's Fried Rice. It's very simple but it's real good and we all love it! We ended up spending only on ice-cream and cold drinks.
4-6 full plates of rice (cooked from about 2 drinking mugs of rice)
2 large onions - finely sliced }
8 garlics - finely sliced } you can also pound these, if you want
3 red chillies - finely sliced }
a handful and a half of anchovies or "ikan bilis"
5 eggs (break them in a plate)
sweet soya sauce - as much as you prefer (Habhal's brand)
1 - 2 teaspoon of Ajinamoto (only if you prefer)
salt to taste
1. Heat oil in wok. Add in the sliced onions, garlics, and fresh chillies.
2. Saute until fragrant.
3. Add in the anchovies or "ikan bilis".
4. Saute until the onions are slightly caramelized.
5. Slide the sautéing ingredients to one side of the wok. Pour the eggs on the empty side of the wok. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on the eggs.
6. Start scrambling the eggs until they are about half cooked.
7. Mix the scrambled eggs with the rest of the ingredients.
8. Add in rice. Fold them into the sautéing ingredients to combine.
9. Add in the sweet soya sauce as much as you prefer. Stir thoroughly to combine. Do a taste check and add salt as needed. Stir again.
10. Off fire and serve.
Enjoy the fried rice from Central Java in the comforts of your home. Happy Kitchen-ing!!