In the olden days when my grandmother would buy flour in a whole sack (we would use the flour sack for making good pyjamas) we made from scratch baos and fritters and any snacks the women could think of. Mah Wong was a favourite breakfast treat for example.
And when my third uncle Pang Sing came home with a bucket of river prawns (he could throw a jala like any Iban man) we could have several dishes made from them. First of all we would have a prawn soup or prawn hoong ngang. We would have a platter of stir fried prawns or steamed prawns. And what ever is left would be for snacks in the evenings and again the left overs would be taken to the school the next day. Those were the days when there was no refrigeration and everything had to be eaten up. Also my uncle would never "pa" or jala for more prawns than we required!!
These prawn fritters were made by two sweet Iban girls in Lachau nearSri Aman. Nice colouring added.
|Happy girls....fast workers!!|
I think this is one very important spirit of the Foochows. Just do it yourself!!