(photo from indochinekitchen.com)
My Malaysian-Chinese-Australian colleague brought Chicken Rendang to work. Based on experience, anything that comes out of her kitchen, A keeps coming back for seconds and thirds or until he stuffs himself. He would eat the sauce of the rendang alone sans the veggies and meat that went with the dish. Since the rest of my colleagues went
for the contents of the rendang, of course, there was a good supply of rendang sauce left. I took the leftovers home - about a couple of cups of Nasi Lemak (coconut rice), sliced cucumber, and peanuts. This is what A had for dinner. He had no plans of finishing off the rendang sauce that night, so he asked me if it's possible to mix it with rice the following day. A seldom engages himself in the field of cooking though he's all for gastronomy. So, any hint that I get which involves him coming up with something kitchen-related is good.
He got his wish when I mixed it with steamed rice yesterday and served it with Jalapeno Cheese Meatballs for lunch. Considering that rendang is coconut milk based, it wouldn't last long. Which means we need to consume it fast.
The rendang rice itself is flavorful. A doesn't mind eating just that for dinner, but I would be looking for something else to match it with. At the same time, I didn't want to make something complicated and was just looking for something to complement the dish.
Rummaging through our pantry (haven't done our grocery yet), I grabbed a can of tuna chunks and some tomatoes. I sliced, deseeded, and diced the tomatoes. The can of tuna just needed to be drained out (saving the oil for another dish). Mixed those together with the rice, and here it is, the final resurrection of the
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