It’s been awhile since I last did a proper cooking post, eh? The truth is, I haven’t been trying to cook new things, so there was nothing for me to share. Until today…
I’ve seen a lot of Europeans health freaks cooking this, apparently this is a healthier alternative to potatoes, bread and even rice. It so happens that I saw it today, so I grabbed a box.
Couscous is a traditional staple food for North Africans (Moroccans, Tunisians, etc). It is basically steamed semolina.
Also, couscous is great as a Lazy Man dish. This is how we cook two portions of couscous:
- Boil half a cup of water,
- When water is boiling, remove from heat and immediately add half a cup of couscous in. Let it sit for 3 minutes.
- Add a knob of butter (or a drizzle of olive oil) and seasoning (optional) and stir for a couple minutes to separate the grains.
Done. Much much easier than cooking rice…
I might have messed it up a bit by not stirring enough, the grains did not separate quite well enough and I ended up with a pile of couscous mash…
Now the couscous is basically something that functions like… rice. On itself it is pretty much bland, so we need some stuff to go with it. So I made a pork slices and romaine lettuce stir fry in nam yee sauce (fermented bean curd) and poured them on top of my couscous pile.
And there you have it, my couscous with nam yee pork belly and vegetable stir fry.
I guess I can see why those health conscious people chooses this over rice or other carbs. For one, it is lighter and less starchy compared to rice, so it doesn’t bloat your stomach that much. This would probably be a deal breaker for Malaysians, the reason we are addicted to rice is because of that bloated feeling which we perceive as being full.
But I am no typical Malaysian. When it comes to food, I am quite open minded to be honest. This couscous, well… I’m not going to say I love it, but it is not something that I hate either. I think I would have no trouble having a few more couscous meals until I use up my stash of couscous. Maybe I’ll show you guys a different topping with couscous later… 😉