Sunday, October 13, 2013

Steamboat plus Chang-pa and arra - didn't work here :)

My two sisters came to Singapore last week for holiday. My Mom and other relatives came too but all of them had gone back and some continued their journey somewhere else. Since my hubby was off, he decided to invite my two sisters and brother with his families to have steamboat at our house for dinner.

It's preferable to eat steamboat during rainy day. Since morning the weather kept changing from hot to rain for few times. It had caused me to move my bed sheet and laundries from our house balcony (to get more sun light and wind) to the laundry area provided for few rounds as there was no roof on top of our balcony. At the end, there was no rain outside during night time and we ended up turning our air-con on inside our living room. 

Steamboat plus Chang-pa and arra from Bhutan
Since there were many people coming, and there were still few packs leftover of dry noodle snack that I bought for children yesterday, I decided to try to make the dry Chang-pa myself using that, mixed with green chilli and shallots. 

I took out the arra from Bumthang too to accompany eating with it. I let the rest try the taste of plain arra.  After that I tried to cook it with butter and egg :) Hmmmm.... Very familiar smell came out from the pot. I think I had successfully made it hehehe.... not bad ah... I could even make it myself and enjoyed the Bhutan arra in Singapore. I let the rest trying it but most of them didn't like the taste. They were not used to it. Hahaha... Ended up I had to finish it (just 3 very small glasses), but it was strong enough to make me feeling dizzy ;P

While the rest started eating, I was still busy eating Chang-pa and drank the arra slowly. Anyway I wasn't hungry yet and usually Chang-pa and arra would make people full before having their dinner hahaha...

It reminded me of my previous dining experience in Bhutan and shared the story with the rest of the people. However, it wouldn't applicable over here as people had started hungry at 7pm and was busy eating while I shared my story with them. I missed my drinking khaki from Bhutan......

9 comments:

Tshering Dorji said...

Nice one..:)
it made me miss home in particular ara..hahaha

Overcome said...

Thank you for reading and left your comment here Tshering :) Have a nice day!

Passang Tshering said...

What is steamboat?
Is it like Bathup?

Overcome said...

Hi Passu, you can see the photo taken on this post for easier visual imagination of what steamboat is hehe... Basically, you need electric stove with pot filled with soup (you can put anything as per you like, such as: chicken soup, tom yam soup, etc.) Then, prepare all raw ingredients such as: fish ball, pork ball, sotong ball, tofu, pork meat, pork liver, various vegetables, dumpling, and many more. You can also prepare dried noodle, rice noodle, udon, etc. When you eat, you put the ingredients you want into the pot. After boiled, you can eat it with chili sauce and rice. It's very common for us to eat this, usually during family gathering time as we have to sit together in order to it this :)

Passang Tshering said...

How do you take out balls from pig, and fish? ha ah ha
The dish sound very interesting. I would love to try this once. Esp the balls lol

Overcome said...

Hahaha... I noticed that there were nothing sort of "balls" sold in Bhutan, therefore it's a bit difficult to have it there, otherwise this food would be very nice to be eaten in such a cold weather there (plus rainy day...)

From the pot, there was such a net scoop made of wire kind of thing, or otherwise strainer kind of spoon. You could also use chopstick if you were skillful enough to catch the "balls" from the pot :)

If you manage to come to Singapore again, I will surely bring you taste this dish!!! :)

Yeesi7 said...

I can understand why your families didn't like the Ara. It's totally a different taste.
I remember the time when I prepared 'Suja' (Bhutanese salted tea) and gave it one of my friend here in Australia. I was so anxious to ask him about the tea and I did. Later, he said that it tasted like a soup instead.

Well, it's good to have tasted something unique than not having it at all :D

Glad to know that you enjoy Bhutanese Ara :)

Overcome said...

Oops I just realized that I have answered your question wrongly. Fish balls were made of fish meat mixed with flour. Pork balls were processed using pork meat too. Not that kinds of "balls" that you had imagined Hahaha... lolx!!!

Overcome said...

Hi Yessi, yes, arra has different taste that not everyone can easily like it. Same like your friend, I still can't like Suja yet but I would still drink it when offered Hehe... As for arra, it's different case Hahaha.... It's effect made me loving it lolx!! I mean, good to sleep feeling :P

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