Category Archives: cuttlefish

Fry Your Own Cuttlefish

For Penang Chinese womenfolk, mastery of the classical Jiu Hu Char was one of the requisites that maketh a bonafide homemaker.  If a wife failed in that skill, she would probably be retrenched and served fried cuttlefish — 被炒鱿鱼.  Just kidding.

When my mum was around I used to help her,  slicing the “mengkuang” and red carrots into thin sheets and then further into fine strips (these days we use a shredder). With added strips of meat, mushrooms, onion, and of course, fine slivers of dried cuttlefish,  and then stir-fried with some bean paste….hmm,  the  final mesh of supreme savory delight was sure to send taste buds quivering in sensational expectation.

Better still was to have a handful wrapped in raw lettuce laced with sambal belacan — rasanya betul2 meletup !

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