Two days ago I was at the Queensbay Mall for a dinner gathering with friends. And then I went to the supermarket for a stroll to walk off some of the calories and to see if I could find any closing time bargain. I know, this is a very auntie behavior, leave me alone!
I did not find any bargain items, but I made a more disturbing discovery. I read Mun’s blog post about chicken breast the other day and was fuming because the chicken breast in AEON KL is priced at less than half of what I have been paying in AEON Penang (RM 0.99/100g over RM 2.19/100g).
And then I discovered that I was the idiot. In fact, I have been a useless, blithering idiot for the past 6 years or so. You see, I have been buying pre-packed skinless chicken breast for RM 1.99/100g pre-GST and then RM 2.19/100g post GST all this while. For 6 bloody years, I noted that there is a section where you can buy fresh unpacked chicken nearby, but I never bothered to look closely. I thought that is where you buy whole chicken instead of chicken parts.
I finally looked closely on this fateful Tuesday and saw that they have trays of chicken wings and whole chicken legs and CHICKEN BREASTS for RM 1.09/100g. RM 1.09!!! And with skin!!! So for the past 6 years or so I have been paying almost double of what I should be paying just so that someone can remove that bit of skin that could be grilled into deliciousness! I got less but I paid much much more! Just because I am a stupid, blind, ignorant, unattentive, hopeless, bloody idiot!
Come on, laugh at me! Scold me! Call me names! ……
Anyway, when I saw the whole chicken legs, I thought of Phong Hong’s Roasted Chicken and Potatoes. And then I thought: “Walao (bloody hell)! Why the chicken so damn cheap?!“. And then I cannot tahan (resist). And then the rest is history…
No… of course not, the story is not over… So I went home RM 6.20 poorer but 2 chicken legs richer. I immediately went to work. I rubbed my chicken with salt, pepper and light soy sauce. And then I squeezed 1 lemon’s juice and rubbed it all over my chicken. And then I dumped them into the fridge.
The next evening (yesterday), I cut up two potatoes and one broccoli into pieces. And then I washed and rinsed them.
And then I laid them together with the chicken into a foiled baking tray. By now my chicken has been marinated for 21 hours. And then I sprinkled some of my Moroccan seasoning and some more pepper over the ingredients. And then I drizzled a generous glug of extra virgin olive oil over them.
And then I placed the tray into the oven. And then I let the food cook for an hour at 180°C. And then I poked a chopstick over the chicken and the biggest piece of potato to make sure they have been cooked thoroughly. And then I removed the tray from the oven and let the food cool down for 10 minutes.
And then I plated up one chicken leg and half of the potatoes and broccoli. And then I packed the other half of the food to go into the freezer.
And then I started eating. It was very delicious. The meat was extremely tender and flavorful. The potatoes were slightly crispy on the outside and extremely fluffy on the inside. The broccoli had a nice char about it. Excellent!
And then I thought of my 6 years worth of mistakes again and wondered if the amount of money I have wasted so far has exceeded RM 1000 (~US$ 280) or not.
- 2 x whole chicken legs
- 2 x potatoes
- 1 x broccoli
- 1 x lemon
- salt, pepper, light soy sauce, Moroccan seasoning (optional), olive oil