A fine savour on simple pleasures

My aim is to reduce the tension in my mind by sharing my thoughts and experiences in the things that I love; which I could not express openly due to circumstances. Be it in doing stupid things, experimenting on new recipes, failings in research work, writings..just some doodle ranting stuff

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Spaghetti Sardine in Hot Tomato Sauce

I craved for the hotness of bird's eye chilli (or chile de arbol) and the sourness of tomatoes last night. Hence I stopped by a grocery store and bought 3 cans of sardine..2 for keeping and 1 for cooking :) I gotta say everyone prefers cheap but quality goods aite? *laugh* so this little me bought sardine of seri melati brand..

before it taste so nice..just a hair lower (in taste) as compared to Ayam brand (in my humble opinion lah) But then that day, the bones were quite sharp, pearcing our tongue T___T really wierd..xde iso ke? but then the taste is still quite delicious..so xpe la...da beli extra pon :)

So this time a present a time saving, saliva dripping, low cost spaghetti sardine fer ya'll


5 chille de arbol/cili padi* according to preference (hot :medium-high)
2 bulb of big onion
2 tomatoes (big size)
1/2 tbs black pepper
1 can sardine (the normal big size)
1 tbs corn starch
1/2 chicken/anchovie cube
3 tbs vege oil
salt to taste
and of coz yer spaghetti la kan (go for 4 persons serving)


1. Cut into cubes - big onion, tomatoes

2. Mince yer chille de arbol

3. Stir fry the onions until fragrant. It'll take about 2-3 mins onli

4. At the same time, make sure to boil yer water and put in the spaghetti on another stove. Usually i did it before i start making the sauce. Add in 1 tsp of salt with 1 tbs oil and stir abit while boiling. This is to avoid the clumping of the noodles.

5.When frangrant, pour in the contents of the canned sardine, put in a lil water to gather all tiny bits..we dun wanna waste ait? everything is money these days.. stir while breaking the fish pieces to tiny bit and stir..the oil'll stings the hand a lil, so i advice ya'll to wet the hand that you use to hold the ladle a lil..but not till drippy lah..

6.Then put in the darling lil chillies with the black pepper..stir nicely..when mixed well, you'll havta dump in the rest of the cubed tomatoes..juz put in everything..Add a cup or 2 of water and let it simmer awhile..hmm...i think about 10 mins like dat...stir abit once a while to make sure it didnt stick on pan.

What it looks like after 10 mins..

7. Adjust the taste with salt and chicken/anchovie stock. If its too watery, put in the corn starch..if its not, let it be :)


Coz i made it for 4 persons and mia familia only consists of mia hubby and me, so there's lotsa leftover..I made em into sandwiches for the next day's breakfast..just add in 2 tbs of mayo inside and stir..i made it for the whole bantal of gardenia bread :P I even packed the extra for my labmates after i packed enough for my darlin' hubby..hoho

p/s : anyway, if u dislike the fishy smell of sardine, u can squeeze some lime in..

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