Kluski?

As I have mentioned countless times, I am a spontaneous person when it comes to grocery shopping and cooking. No, actually, I am spontaneous when it comes to almost anything!

Today is going to be one such day again. As I was moving the shopping cart up and down the aisle, I was thinking about many things, things like what to have for dinner, will the new Proton car be of any good, comments that I dropped in other people’s blogs, and so on. As I was thinking, a light bulb flashed in my head.

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Comment on other people’s blog

“Let’s make Kluski like I said I would in Lina’s blog!”

I could not remember the exact ingredients needed, nor could I remember how difficult it is to make. All I could remember was that there is a recipe for me to follow, and it involves having potatoes, flour and eggs among some other things. No matter, I would make it up as I cook. I always do 😉 .

It was all well and dandy until I got home, sat down and loaded the blog with the supposed recipe for Kluski.

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Kluski recipe by Lina (blog owner of My Hong Kong Husband)

This isn’t very good as recipe goes, is it? Immediately I was confused with a few things. I think she did it on purpose so that none of us can ever master her family’s biggest secret recipe.

  1. Peel and grate potatoes, then take away leftover water until they look like a gray paste. What leftover water? How can grating potatoes cause leftover water?! Did she miss out boiling and mashing the potatoes? But if we need mashed potatoes, why bother to grate them in the first place?
  2. Add little bit of flour (until the dough is nice and bouncy). Oh my god, another subjective way of measuring things. What does nice and bouncy mean? How bouncy is bouncy? I still remember my pierogi dough being labeled as “rubbish”!
  3. Keep throwing ~4cm long pieces of the dough. Eat as fast as you can. So how long should I cook the pieces? Can’t be for a few seconds?

I can sort of see how this will end up by now. No matter, if you know me well enough, you should know that lack of information / lack of confidence is not something that will stop me from trying new things. After all, 失败是成功之母 failure is the mother of success, right? Let’s proceed!


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The ingredients – 2 potatoes, 1 egg, flour
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Peel and grate the potatoes

As expected, there is no water in this process, and the potatoes look like grated potatoes rather than a paste. I have no idea what the take away leftover water until they look like a gray paste means. But I think even at this beginning stage I am already doing it wrongly.

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Add an egg and a little bit of flour

I have no idea how little is a little bit, so I settled for adding a few tablespoons at a time. My plan was to mix the lump of thing until it becomes a bouncy dough. It didn’t work though.

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After 20 minutes of hard work, this is what I got

It was not bouncy at all. Over the 20 minutes, it turned from lumpy and very sticky to lumpy and quite sticky to lumpy and slightly sticky to lumpy and crumbly. I did not experience any bounciness at all. But then, I already knew I did it wrongly from the beginning. And it is a waste to throw this edible batter away. So I continued with the next step.

Throw small pieces in boiling water. Since I did not know how long to cook, I settled for the method used when cooking the pierogi. Since the ingredients are similar, the cooking theory should be similar.

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Boil until the pieces float to the top
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Drain the water and pour the pieces onto a plate

Looks nothing like what you can see in the “recipe” photo, isn’t it? By now, all I’m thinking was how to salvage this dish into something tasty and edible. It is my dinner, after all.

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This was how I felt as I stared at that plate of thing

Commencing Operation Camouflage

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Stir fry some cabbage and 2 bacon strips

Well originally, the Polish people will eat Kluski with sauerkraut and roux, or white cheese and pork belly. I have neither of these stuff. Cabbage is the closest thing I have to sauerkraut, and bacon strips to replace pork belly.

Add all those pieces into the pan and fry together for a couple of minutes, season with a bit of salt and pepper, and then serve.

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This is my end product

Well, yeah, the final product is quite tasty. Let’s not call it Polish Kluski though. Maybe call it Malaysian Kluski. Or Lazy Man’s Kluski. Or whatever… 🙄

24 Comments

  1. You are always tickling my ribs with your antics and funny thoughts. I wonder whether you are just as crazy and kluski in reality? LMAO. This food looks somewhat American to me and didn’t know it is Polish. Well I ate lots of European food in USA not knowing where they originated from. It took me some years to know that I loved Mexican and Scandinavian food in USA. When I am free I will check with my Swedish brother in law who is an expert chef about this kluski. Keep trying man!

    • So you’ve eaten Kluski before? Amazing! Kluski is Polish, I’m not so sure if Swedish people will know it. I’m an introvert in real life, most of the weird thoughts only happen in my head, this blog is like my alter ego 😐

  2. another exotic food? pierogi, frittata and now kluski…
    am trying to find an “Asian equivalent” of this kluski thingy…just like Pierogi = dumpling, Frittata = egg omelette…but kluski? a pile of potato mix…hmmm perhaps is like Indonesian vegetarian begedil…

  3. Oh RG, you taught me a new word today in your post.. Kluski! I never heard of it till now.. sounds like Russian to me.. hahaha.. anyway, I would love to try your kluski made in Malaysia… cannot imagine how it taste it and when it comes to food, I am adventurous! 🙂

    • Well, it is Polish, but then, for Asians like us, Polish and Russian sounds almost the same, don’t you think? 😀

  4. When I saw your post title Kluski, I had no idea what to expect. This dish,from the sound of how it is made, does not give me much confidence that it would taste good at all. I mean, grated potatoes mixed with egg and flour and then boiled. Huh?? Besides, the recipe is kind of vague. But you said it tasted good with your cabbage and bacon stir fry. Bacon makes anything taste good 🙂

    • Don’t say it is not nice, Polish people might get mad at you 😀 ! Then again, I think I made it wrongly, that’s why they look not so nice..

    • If I could I would unfriend your friend 😀 KLUSKI are the best :D!!! we literally fight for the last spoon, my stomach is always too full but I still stuff myself like a pig just to get the most of it 😀

      • No, don’t be like that, everyone is free to decide what food they like 😀 . If you come visit in Malaysia, I will bring you to sample foods that will make you hate them and then make others hate you for hating them 😀 😀

  5. haha!! call me jakun but this is the first time I heard of and seen Kluski, and definitely I am one of the person who join you to feel like what you felt!! haha.. but then, a pat on your shoulder, that’s a nice try.. and cooking is actually an art, so follow your heart what you want to do with your dish, most importantly is, you are able to finish it without ending it in the trashbin~~ :p

  6. Ahhhhhh!!!! You’re a creative cook! The end result looks really great. Nicer than the original even…and anything with bacon, I’m sold!!!

    I’m like that too – can’t follow recipes – some are really mind boggling. Just play by ear…or in our case, our nose, our eyes and our tongue, follow our instincts.

    • LOL! Don’t say that! There might be a few Polish people reading who might feel offended. It is not nicer than original, just different! 😀

  7. You sure know how to jazz up your life by cooking exotic food using the agak-agak method. 😀 But your end product sure looks quite ok, got carb and protein (the kuski), fibre from your cabbage and more protein from your bacon strips.

    How come you have bacon strips on standby? ;p

    • Hey, I was trying to follow the recipe exactly, it was the recipe that was agak-agak(roughly) 😀 !
      I bought bacon strips to cook something else actually. It was something that I watched on Saturday 😉

  8. Oh you were thinking about the new Proton? Iriz yes? I was thinking about Axia, haha.. Oohh Kluski sounds interesting, with just potatoes, egg and flour..Haha after boiling, it looks like messy minced meatballs.. Very smart of you to chuck it into your stir fry veggies.. I’m quite cincai when it comes to homecooked food, as long as it’s homecooked, edible.. Your kluski with cabbage looks ok, I don’t mind trying..

    • I don’t even know the name of the car LOL! I was thinking how long before they will declare failure to challenge the Myvi 😀
      You know I thought the same thing when I looked at the boiled things. They really look like meatballs don’t they? In fact the texture feels much better than those vegetarian meat stuff. Maybe I can use this to create vegetarian dishes if I so wish to in the future.

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