Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Yummy Lontong At Last!

Okay, okay...I know I'm supposed to be on a diet, and I have been doing quite well, for the most part! Ever since my diet started,
I have been learning to adopt a healthier lifestyle and eating habit, which is also one of my NY resolutions. I've added more greens (long beans sambal below is one of my favourite vegetables) and protein to my meals whilst reducing my carbohydrate intake. I have also been experimenting with lots of new healthy recipes and I believe I have been pretty good with my diet resolve until...

Sambal Long Beans

... last weekend when we discovered this little stall in Homst Restaurant (Kota Damansara) selling Lontong Singapore, which just so happens to be one of Mariuca's favourite food! Obviously, I couldn't refuse this yummy delight when B happily brought it home as a surprise for me, so there was no dieting for me last weekend! By the way, Lontong consists of nasi impit (compressed rice cubes) served with mixed vegetable (long beans, carrots and cabbage) coconut milk gravy, topped with generous sambal (spicy chilli gravy), spicy coconut crumbs and hard-boiled eggs.

Lontong Singapore complete with spicy coconut crumbs and sambal

It is not easy to find delicious authentic Lontong here. Among several others, I've tried the one at Laksa Shack, which left me horrified at its exorbitantly high price of RM9.90 compared to RM4.50 for the Lontong I had here. Don't get me wrong; I don't mind paying for a good meal and I don't consider RM9.90 expensive but for that price, I was expecting more than just half an egg! I was also looking forward to devouring some tempe (a type of bean curd) or even some sotong (cuttlefish) but none of that was included in Laksa Shack's Lontong! Instead, it was practically a vegetarian dish (which would have been fine if I were actually looking for one!) with only vegetables and half a boiled egg thrown in for good measure! Laksa Shack's sambal was also not as spicy or tasty as I would have liked it, so there will definitely be no repeat performance for me there.

I'm really quite happy to discover this new stall, which serves yummy Lontong at a reasonable price! Unlike Nasi Lemak, which is one of my specialities, I have no idea how to cook Lontong. It looks like a lot of work too, so I'll stick to having it bought and not home-cooked. For those of you who like this dish, feel free to dig in and enjoy a nice Lontong meal with me here. And for those unfamiliar with Lontong, now is a good time to grab a taste. Bon app├ętit! :)


LadyJava February 06, 2008 6:00 PM

Lontong!! Another javanese dish!! Hurray!!! lolzzz... I love this dish too GP and you are right, they don't do it justice here in Malaysia :(... makes me kinda wish I should open a stall and cook all dish Singaporean! lolz... like real!..hehhe.. maybe I should import my mom and do that.. say that's an idea huh??

GP! The occasional splurge is ok lah.. diet are meant to be broken! lolzzz ;)

Choc Mint Girl February 06, 2008 11:33 PM

I'm actually DROOLINGGGGG even though my stomach is full!!! Ha ha ha...

Okay, need your help, buddy! I'm hoping I could win a diamond he he he... Need your vote, but of course no 'paksaan' punya hi hi hi... Thanks!!! ;D

Nessa February 06, 2008 11:57 PM

I've never tried Lontong before. I don't fancy having 'santan' in the soup... except in my curry la :)

That Long Beans sambal is making me drool... feel like cooking that dish for tomorrow!

Happy Chinese New Year.

Adrian February 07, 2008 1:18 AM

Lontong...never really tried a good time I'm in the area maybe will give it a go! Thanks for the tip GP!!

emilayusof February 07, 2008 2:18 AM

Astaga Marzie! I haven't been eating these type of food for over a month now! Now, you make me drooooooling!!

Mariuca February 07, 2008 4:02 AM

LJ, that's a fantastic idea!! If you import ur mom, pls make sure to open one stall in PJ area k, I'll be her loyal customer. Can make sambal udang sekali...astaga...!! :):):)

Mariuca February 07, 2008 4:03 AM

Lolz...enjoy the food Crystal! And sure, I'll happily vote for u, hope u win! :):):)

Mariuca February 07, 2008 4:06 AM

Never tried Nessa? Oh you must, for the fun of it, you might get hooked on it too! I can never make a good curry or vege for that matter! Happy cooking! :):):)

Mariuca February 07, 2008 4:07 AM

No worries GK, of course must share when it comes to food lolz... give it a try and don't forget to ask for extra sambal! ;)

Mariuca February 07, 2008 4:08 AM

Emila, he he he..sorry, forgot u are on a diet woman! Nevermind, at least can lepaskan cravings! Enjoy! :):):)

Raghav February 07, 2008 12:10 PM

it taste's really good. i have tasted it here in india at one malaysian restaurant....
it is good....
but quite expensive here....almost nearing $7 equalent in indian currency!

Elisha February 07, 2008 1:03 PM

hhunnngggggweeeee already! by the way, who isnt on a diet nowadays? i myself am trying to shed a few more (or a lot) of pounds =)

Trix February 07, 2008 2:28 PM

Congrats on being able to stick to your diet,at least for a while,...that shows willpower ! As for this delicious looking Singapore Lontong,well,I can see why you decided to toss the diet away temporarily.Though I have never eaten it,it sure looks yummy ! Here's to another few excess pounds,lol..we can always diet next week!
Wish they sold foodies like this here in S. Africa !

Nick Phillips (15/03/1967 - 04/11/2022) February 07, 2008 7:37 PM

I've tried lontong before but so far none has been good. Maybe the next time I'm anywhere near that area, I'll go give it try. Thanks for the tip though.

Mariuca February 08, 2008 12:58 AM

Hey Raghav! So glad u've tasted lontong before, so u know what I mean abt it being yummy! Anyway, noticed the vege pic? Who says Mariuca doesn't eat her vege he he he... :):):)

Mariuca February 08, 2008 1:00 AM

Hey Mercury, nice to see u again! Oh you are on a diet too yay! Ok, am back to my diet ...starting tomorrow lolz... ;)

Mariuca February 08, 2008 1:01 AM

Hey Sassy, welcome to Mariuca's blog! I'll pay ur blog a visit as well, wait for me! :):):)

Mariuca February 08, 2008 1:03 AM

Meow Jesse! I remember u complaining abt the food there! I am certain that you will LOVE Malaysian food, hence my diet always failing lol... ;)

Mariuca February 08, 2008 1:05 AM

Yay Nick, glad to hear u're gonna be adventurous and try my recommendation! You should also check out Bawang Merah in Subang, I had their lontong this morning for the first time and have to say that it was pretty darn good too! :):):)

Farah Deen February 08, 2008 1:52 AM

GP, those food makes me drool now. You garnish your sambal long beans so nice huh?! me for vege dish,hardly i do any garnishing- lazy lazy me! LOL

LadyJava February 08, 2008 2:53 AM

lolz GP! Ok will propose to her the idea..tapi kalau buka pun will be somewhere in ampang lahh.. you kena turun sini lahh.. PJ very far lahh...lolzzz

NIHAL February 08, 2008 3:15 AM

So when do you reckon would be a good day for another round of Lontong ??

Nick Phillips (15/03/1967 - 04/11/2022) February 08, 2008 9:18 AM

Marzie, Bawang Merah? Which part of is it? And you say it's pretty darn good, wifey and me would like to go experiment la ...

NafaSg February 08, 2008 11:37 AM

Yummy! Lontong!!!!

Yup this is Singapore style for sure. We would love it even spicier! U should know by now how crazy we are with spicy food. Hehehe!

Anyway glad to hear your dieting plans are turning out well. Veggies and fruits will definitely work for u! =)

Mariuca February 08, 2008 3:04 PM

Farah! Don worry... I also never garnish my vege dishes la he he he...I took this pic from one of our dinners at Pandan Leaf rest lolz... :):):)

Mariuca February 08, 2008 3:06 PM

Aiyo LJ... u know la KL and me don't jive very well, must convince ur mom to open a second stall in PJ...yeah cater to all the PJ ppl mah! ;)

Mariuca February 08, 2008 3:07 PM

Yay Nihal is back!!! We have missed u so Nihal, and you're just in time for some Lontong....anytime also can!

Mariuca February 08, 2008 3:09 PM

Nick, it's at 12A Jalan SS12/1B (opposite Sheraton Subang). My MIL hangs out there a lot cause the owner is her good buddy. The lontong at BM is nice but it doesn't have the spicy coconut crumbs like the one at Homst. But it's still yum!

And BM also sells lots of nice Malay dishes, yummy and spicy...try la! They're closed on Sundays btw and the lontong is seerved only during breakfast! Happy eating! :)

Mariuca February 08, 2008 3:11 PM

NAFA, my diet WAS ok, but now am on a temporary break seeing it's the CNY hols and all he he he... oh yeah, I asked for extra sambal with mmy lontong, nothing less will do! Spicy food sure does take the cake! Yummy! :):):)

Farah Deen February 08, 2008 8:37 PM

GP, no wonder la cantik je the vege dish!!!! hahahaha me only garnish during parties or hari raya or when we invite people for dinner/ lunch (err..correction..i dont garnish because i dont cook, my mom does that) shhhhhhhhhh -secret!!!

Choc Mint Girl February 08, 2008 9:30 PM

Hey! I'm here again for a tag. Btw, thanks so much for the vote. :)

Mariuca February 08, 2008 10:25 PM

Farah, me too HARDLY ever garnish unless it's a special occasion! And my vege dishes seldom menjadi, so don't really cook much vege too lolz... Good la u have ur mom to do the cooking, for sure yummy! :)

Mariuca February 08, 2008 10:26 PM

Another tag? Cool! Be right there Crystal and no worries abt the vote! :)

J@n!ce February 09, 2008 2:54 AM

Marzie, I love lontong too. Haven't been eating it for a LONG time. I think I've put on some weight with so much CNY goodies to crave on... tsk tsk.... haiz :(

Anonymous,  February 09, 2008 7:34 AM

Lontong is one my favourite food. But i don't know what different between Lontong Malaysia and Singapura. Look the same for me.

Julie February 09, 2008 11:19 AM

It all sounds good to me! I am on a diet, too....only a few more pounds to go!

Anonymous,  February 09, 2008 9:00 PM

Hey Marzie, since you always tag me with meme, I felt bad not tagging you back, so here's one ... LOL!

Smile, You're On Candid Camera

Mariuca February 09, 2008 11:20 PM

He he, can join me in my diet lolz... oh yummy right lontong? Glad to hear u like it too Janice! ;)

Mariuca February 09, 2008 11:21 PM

Anime! Hello and welcome to Mariuca's blog! Me too not sure of the difference so long as it's yummy lol.. ;)

Mariuca February 09, 2008 11:22 PM

Hi Julie, glad to hear somebody else is facing this torturous diet too lolz! Good luck losing the last remaining pounds! :):):)

Mariuca February 09, 2008 11:23 PM

Spiff you naughty alien! Next time don't have to feel bad okay he he he... ;)

Anonymous,  February 10, 2008 6:09 PM

Salaam. Phewwww!! Yummy!! wat org terliur je yaa, dh la tengah lapar ni isy7 NEway thanx for ur lovely comment, unexpected comment from great blogger like MARIUCA :D And sorry for late reply coz i just got new modem's adapter today, after the late one broken in Chinese New Year morning , isy7 cobaaan

Mariuca February 10, 2008 11:08 PM

Salam Forumer! Sedap kan lontong, nah enjoy puas-puas! Ala, mana ada great blogger, biasa je. Anyway, glad to hear u fixed ur modem problem oredi, boleh lah singgah sini lagi! :):):)

Bobby Revell February 11, 2008 9:17 PM

Hi Marzie! Looks like you are doing well in eating some healthy foods...and of course, you are making me hungry!

Mariuca February 12, 2008 12:36 AM

Bobby! Sure or not I'm doin well? Lolz... anyway, you must try some Lontong if u get the chance, it's delicious! :):):)

Mike February 12, 2008 6:47 PM

OOoh, the long beans look tasty :-o Send me some? :P

Trinity February 12, 2008 7:07 PM

GP.... me and my maids.. janice and her beach, you and your nasi lemak!! LOLLLL

Mariuca February 12, 2008 11:36 PM

Mikey! Sure, I'll send u some and yes...they're delicious! :):):)

Mariuca February 12, 2008 11:37 PM

Trin, you make me laugh! Thanks for stopping by today! :):):)

Anonymous,  February 16, 2008 5:52 PM

Awesome food appeals Mariuca! made me really hungry LOL :) stumbled!

Mariuca February 17, 2008 12:17 AM

Hey Gil, welcome to Mariuca's blog! Lolz...happy I made u feel hungry, enjoy!! :):):)

LadyJava September 27, 2008 10:11 PM

Alamak I blum makan tau..lolzz!!

Mariuca September 27, 2008 10:15 PM

Ha ha ha Emila!!! Kelakarnya u!

LJ, sanggup tak makan to mengomen here ke? He he! ;)

LadyJava September 27, 2008 10:16 PM

Tulah...heheh..tapi dah mula nak lapaq ni.. waiting for Azwaj!!

Mariuca October 10, 2008 9:51 AM

Happy eating LJ! :)

emilayusof October 22, 2008 1:00 AM

yummy la kacang goreng tu!

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