Whenever I visited Penang, I ended up eating the street food almost daily for a simple reason. It is cheap, tasty and readily available. But, it is not a healthy choice. There is insufficient protein and fibre. It is mostly carbs with lots of salt, sugar and saturated fat. Fortunately, there are other options.
I will alternate my street food binge eating with restaurant quality food. It is pricier with a good balance of fibre and protein. I will also cook at home using fresh ingredients from a nearby wet market. This is cheaper than going out to eat at a restaurant but more expensive than eating local street food. It takes time and effort. At least I know what I am putting into my mouth and control the amount of carbs and fat intake in my diet.
In this blog post, I bought the ingredients from the wet market in Tanjung Bungah. The total cost was $20 ringgits as shown in the picture above. I have fresh eggs and mint leaves that were bought previously. I managed to make 3 dishes from the ingredients - chicken vegetable soup, omelette and lemongrass mint pork mince.
Chicken and vegetable soup
This needs to be cooked at low heat. The soup is naturally flavoured using chicken with bones, fresh ginger and white peppercorns. It should be cooked for a few hours. The vegetable is added 30 minutes to an hour before eating, depending on the cut sizes. It is that simple.
Break two eggs into a bowl, Add chopped onions, coriander, chillies and a dash of ground white pepper and light soy sauce. Leave in the bowl. When ready to cook, lightly stir and mix the ingredients. Heat a bit of oil in a sauce pan. Once the oil is sufficient warm (not hot), gently pour the egg mixture into the pan. Let it slowly cook on one side before flipping over and cook the opposite side. This should only take 5 minutes to cook depending on the heat and cooktop.
Pork mince with lemongrass and mint
This recipe takes a bit more time and effort than the other two. Fry the pork mince on a dry non-stickable pan. I don't like to use oil on this recipe. The pork mince has natural fat in it. Once the pork is almost cooked, at the chopped lemongrass and fish sauce (about 3 tablespoon - adjust to taste). Continue to fry until pork is cooked. Then add chopped onions and chillies. Lower the heat and mix through the ingredients. Turn off the heat. Add freshly squeezed lemon juice (1-2 depending on taste). Then add chopped mint leaves and mix through. It is now ready to serve.
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