Spice Up Your Life
I think most of us have heard of such statement or something similiar to this before among our friends, or friends' friend? Hehehe... Truthfully, I USED TO BE one of those fellas who can finish a bottle per visit to KFC.
Why not anymore? Well, after thinking logically that chilli should be spicy, i was wondering how come I can finish 1 whole bottle without sweating or feeling spicy. Then came advices from friends that i should cut down because it is full of preservatives, colorings and flavoring.
A friend even said 'After you die, your organs would be preserved for the next 10 years'. But i was not freaked out after listening to that; in fact i was thinking to myself "wah, i can be in the museum one day!" hahaha!
Somehow, I dont really favour Tomato Sauce that are sold on the rack. They taste fake and abit 'geli'. I'm still a chilli sauce fanatic in my heart! haha! High 5 to all chilli sauce fans out there, yeay! *piak!
This is something familiar huh? Something most of us fear of. Something that makes us miserable upon getting contact with the sensitive tongue. CILI PADI!
Same as most of you, this is the 1st time around I see a round chilli. Or have u seen before? According to my dad, this round chilli is even spicier than cili padi! yea rite... i dont believe.
Fyi, I didnt snap this pic in the market or any chilli farm. It was taken right here in my home! There were so much that i thought my mum got a place at our local pasar malam to sell chilli! hahahah!
The source of Chilli sauce.
One whole basket of chilli. Eat 365 days oso cannot finish! *sweat
Btw, my dad is from the agriculture industry. He's a research officer who used to work with MARDI. But now he's with a private company selling manure. And therefore, he always get free vege and fruits in bulk! hahaha love him so much! (am waiting for his next trip to the dragon fruit farm! yeay!)
So, what's in the basket of Chilli.
Clockwise from upper left.
1. Though round, it's the spiciest of all.
2. Dark green one is an unripe cili padi, light green different species.
3. Red one - Ripe cili padi.
4. Black seeds in the chilli indicates lack of Calcium and Boron.
* Source Info: my father, who speaks in a language i seldom understand.
So, for city kids who have never seen how home-made chilli sauce is made. Here's a brief explanation on how the ever-so-yummy sauce is made.
Firstly, soak them an hour or two before u plan to move your potato ass from the couch. (Nowadays, all vegetation are very high in pesticides. They wouldnt look so nice and flawless if not for the pesticide spraying every single morning from the 1st flower it bears until it is harvested. Especially chilli and tomato.) Soak them long!
Secondly, when u've got the patience already. Use the knife and cut off the stalk/head.
WARNING: Do not contact your hands with any other part of your body, especially your eyes. Miserable crying may occur.
Clockwise from upper left.
1. Chilli with garlic. Put to taste.
2. Chilli with ginger. Put to taste.
3. Blend them till it becomes chilli paste.
4. Reddish one is with garlic. Brownish red is with ginger. Mum says it wouldnt be tasty if both ginger and garlic were mixed together.
Next, add vinegar to the paste and mix thoroughly, depending on the taste and viscosity u want. Store them in whatever tupperware your family is fond of storing. ie: kaya bottle, peanut butter bottle, ayamas chilli bowl or taufufa bowl.
Finally, before serving, mix the chilli sauce with sugar and lime to taste. Guaranteed satisfaction! SYOK!
For this basket of chilli that me and my mum made, it gave us a shock. It was freaking spicy! i only tried a lil (2mm x 2mm), and within 5 seconds it was as though the King of Hell slashed my tongue with a samurai! and within 13 seconds, beads of sweat formed around my face! Now i believe my dad's word.
My poor mum, who took up my challenge when i said 'u try 1st, I'll try after u' had a miserable time. She took like half a tea spoon of it. Immediately, she grab hold of a green apple nearby and sink her teeth into them, followed by yells of 'aiyooooooooooooooooooooo so hot! so hot!' hahahhahaha
Nothing could help. Apple, warm water, chocolate... cant fight off the spiciness of our very own malaysian chilli. For all the trouble, just buy from the racks la hor? But i think once awhile, you gotta SPICE UP YOUR LIFE and live it to the fullest!
*sob sob.... as i bite on my piece of KFC with home-made chilli.