Three years on a diet of chicken and eggs at home. When I am out, I try to avoid them, out of pure distaste, which is bad as these are really nice food components.
Fish servings are expensive, even when served in neighborhood coffeeshops. The picture shown above is what I will typically order – fish, preferably stewed, a vegetable component like okra and some gravy. Malls are a wallet vacuum anyways. If I have to eat at a mall, I will just opt for fast food – somehow processed chicken meat does not quite give me the revulsion, although there are thoughts on the operators using slime or pink slime?
On the issue of vegetables in food, I do not quite get why the maid at home refused to understand that I want my greens with my rice and meat options. I do not even mind having them raw, so long as they are clean.
Visiting Malaysia Malay stalls delight me because there are numerous options for plain vegetables and leaves (pucuk, etc). Check out the image below. Well, I still draw a line on petai and bitter gourd. hehe
All these thoughts happened because I was having breakfast at another coffee shop where I had two plain prata with fish curry. The usual Malay eatery was not opened this morning so there goes my fare of freshly cooked source of Omega-3.
My mind went through the kind of food usually served in Malay stalls in Singapore. Vegetables option seems to be an afterthought, as if a green streak on a plate of rice with meat will only serve to enhance the presentation rather than as important component in the overall food structure.
Just take a bowl of mee rebus or soto or siam, what are the main vegetables components? Compare those to Chinese equivalents, chockful of vegetables. I cannot say it is not in Malay culture to eat vegetables because of the agrarian nature we all sprang from. I have already mentioned my delight when visiting Malaysian Malay stalls.