Kambing = Cholesterol!
If there's one thing that my mom forgot to tell me growing up to be an almost perfect woman, that would be; the key to a man's heart is through his stomach! As cliche as it sounds, as absurd as it could be, I can't deny that it is indeed true!
Mom, you really need a guideline on this. Haha. Nah, because Daddy cooked better than Mommy, so its the other way round for her :p
Anyway, Obe is a really big fan of kambing. Like really a big big fan! He can eat mutton curry, mutton soup, or anything and don't even feel guilty with all the cholesterol he consumed in a jiffy. His favourite? Kambing golek, when I sympathize over the kambing kena golek, Obe would be all smiling over the counter waiting anxiously for his pieces to be ready.
When we were in Penang, we went to this mamak shop claimed to be Obe's favourite spot for mutton soup but sadly, it was nothing up to his expectation. He went back to KL half-hearted, he missed his mutton soup.
So I took the initiative. I remembered Dad cooked his version of mutton soup once, and I don't even remember how it looked like. Cis, should have written all his recipes! Then I improvised. I was hoping anything, any memories of Dad's mutton soup would come, but no it didn't.
Three hours later, Obe ate the soup full-hearted, no blinking, no pausing, no disturbance. It was the best mutton soup he ever had. The best thing about this soup was, its a cross between lamb stew and the usual mamak mutton soup. Tak berempah sangat and tak berlemak sangat.
So there I scored :D
Daddy, you're beaten by me! Hahaha.
1/2 cup oil500g cubed mutton, fat removed1 medium size carrot, diced2 stalks of celery, diced1 small packet rempah soup (I used Adabi)2 tbsp rempah kurma1 tbsp rempah rendang1 bombay onion, diced1 sup bunjut2 inch cinnamon stick2 star anise1 tbsp coriander seeds, roughly punded1 tbsp black peppercorn, roughly punded3 inch ginger*7 shallots*1 bombay onion*4 dried chillies, soaked in hot water and drained*1 lemon grass, diketukWaterSalt*blended
- In a deep saucepan, heat up the oil and fry the cube muttons until half crisp. Removed and toss it in a paper towel.
- Fry coriander seeds and black pepercorns until aromatic in the same pot as before. Pour in all the spices (sup bunjut, cinnamon sticks, star anise) and wait for a while until aromatic. Next, pour in all the blended ingredients.
- Add in the lemon grass and bombay onion, wait for a while. Mix all the rempah together in a small bowl with about 3 tbsp of water. Add it in and wait until bau wangi a bit.
- Pour about 3 cups of water, muttons, celery and carrots. Bring to boil, slow down the heat and let it simmer for an hour or two. Add salt.
There, good luck :)
ps: Few days after that, Obe asked for the same mutton soup again. My anwer? "Kahwin I dulu baru dapat. Lalalalalala!"