After my first attempt at cooking couscous ended up not so great, I tried again. This time I ditched the instructions on the packaging and did what I see most people do on Youtube. I basically just boiled some water and poured it over a pile of uncooked couscous. I did not conform to any ratio strictly, just agak-agak (approximately) slightly more water than 1:1, and then let it sit for a few minutes, and then stir the couscous up with a fork.
I think it turned out pretty well, it was fluffy and the grains were well separated. Much better than the couscous mash on my first attempt…
This time I prepared a cheap item, a not so cheap item, and an expensive item to go with my couscous.
- Cheap item: Romaine lettuce
- Not-so-cheap item: Cherry tomatoes
- Expensive item: Hot Italian Sausage (I don’t know what type, the packaging only says Hot Italian Sausage, 2 of these for RM 16.95)
Nothing fanciful. Basically:
- Cut the lettuce, tomatoes and sausage into small pieces.
- Preheat some oil, then sear the sausage pieces on high heat for a couple minutes.
- Set the heat to low and add the tomatoes in, saute for a couples minutes.
- Add lettuce in and saute for another couple minutes.
- Add salt and pepper for seasoning.
- Pour these on top of couscous and serve.
This should have been the intended steps originally, anyway. But… you know… I think being
creative reckless and spontaneous is fast becoming a deep rooted habit of mine. As I was adding the lettuce in, I was thinking, instead of pouring this pile over the couscous, why not try to make the couscous itself more flavorful?
My hand acted faster than my brain. Before I could think things through, I immediately poured the cooked couscous into the wok and gave it a quick stir fry.
Isn’t this exactly like how people do fried rice? Except the rice has been replaced with couscous. Hence the title, fried couscous instead.
This is probably a dish that will never make it to the menu in any restaurants or cafes anywhere in the whole wide world. Unless if some potential cafe owner wannabe somewhere out there reads my blog, thinks this will work and decides to plagiarize or adapt my idea.
Nobody in the world has ever tried doing fried couscous before, right? Right?? [Edit: Phong Hong 23/July/2015 – Got lah! Got fried couscous one 😀 … Tsk!!]
But I personally feel this works. At least for my own tastebuds. I think my fried couscous was great! In fact, I think this will be my default way of having couscous from now on…