I’m quite bored with politics, and since today is weekend, and a very special day to me, so I’m not going to talk about politic. Well, at least not yet. I’m going to talk about sardine, specifically sardine/mackerel sandwich. In the west, they have peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but in Malaysia, we have sardine sandwich.
So, here goes…How many of you guys out there can eat sardine/mackerel sandwich with onions without feeling like throwing up? Sardines are known to be quite smelly and not tasty if not handled in a right way. I know that there are a lot of you out there who don’t like to eat sardines because of the smelliness of it, but sardine sandwich is definitely a nostalgic comfort food to me. When I was younger my mom would prepare sardine sandwich occasionally and toss it in my lunch box so that I can enjoy it during recess in school.
Most of my friends would go “Eww” at it because they simply find it not their taste. And so, while most of my friends usually have fried rice with nice aromas in their lunch box, I will occasionally have the rich in calcium and protein sardine sandwich complete with the sardine and onion odour that will make most of my peers stay a few metre away from me during recess, and during class.
There’s this tradition back then among school kids, which is exchanging/sharing homemade packed up lunch during recess. We can go on and on comparing whose mom cook the best fried rice, or whose mom’s fried koay teow or beehoon can be considered world’s class but each time I bring sardine sandwich to school, not much wanted to give take it and give it a taste. It is actually a good thing, because sometimes, I don’t get to eat enough during recess because once in a while, I will share my lunch box with friends and classmates who prefers to eat my food instead of eating their own.
Usually, if I bring fried rice or noodles, I’ll only get to eat a few spoonfulls because some friends would want to ‘taste’ it a bit. Unfortunately, they don’t just ‘taste’ it, but they eat the whole Tupperware of the things I brought to school. Children can be such glutton at times. My mom must be a genius that she added sardine sandwich to my lunch box menu so that I could eat more in school instead of letting my peers eating my lunch out of their persuasion.
Some may say that sardine sandwich is quite disgusting, but actually, it’s quite comforting. It’s comforting to me, as it never failed to bring me the ‘feel good feelings’. Each time I eat it, I’ll remember the good times my family have together. Some may say that sardine sandwich is nothing special and not worth mentioning. People would say that a blogger should mention expensive food they had in restaurant or something, but it’s not other food like chicken chops or expensive steaks that my mother pack up for my recess or during family picnic trips, but it’s sardine sandwich. That alone makes the dish very special. It’s so special that I want to share the recipe with all of you. It’s MY version though, because no matter how hard I try, I cannot imitate or duplicate my mom’s sandwich. The taste simply doesn’t taste the same. And so, I created my own. This is the recipe:
Cleffairy’s Toasted Sardine Sandwich
1 can of sardine/mackerel in tomato sauce
1 loaf of bread
1 red chilli, chopped
1 yellow onion chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Mash the sardine in tomato sauce with a fork in a bowl. Remove the bones if you like, but if you mash the bones well, it’s edible. Add chopped yellow onions and chillies (quantity as you prefer), and squeeze some lime juice into the mixture and add come salt and pepper to taste. Mix them all up. Then spread some margarine( or mayonnaise if you like) on two slice of bread and put the sandwich filling on it evenly and toast them to perfection by using sandwich maker. If you’re a cheese lover, you can add some mozzarella or cheddar cheese to get the ‘pizza-like’ texture. Served it warm and polish it down with coffee, tea or lemonade.There, now you have a nice and warm comfort food of your own. Cooking preparation takes 15 minutes, serves 2.
I’m sure, and truly convinced that even though many of you guys out there have various eating out experience and constantly blog and brag on how delicious or how affordable it is, there must be at least one dish that you can never buy in a restaurant, which is your wife, mother or even grandmother’s comfort food. Well, mine is Sardine/Mackerel sandwich because it reminds me of my mother’s love. What’s yours? Do share with me. I’m sure you have a comfort food of your own, and there’s a story behind each of it.
Cleffairy: One might wonder why I mention that today is a very special day to me. It’s very special to me, dear readers, because if not because my mom was born on this very date 49 years ago, I wouldn’t be here here writing and sharing my stories with you. So, mom, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, you’re the greatest mom ever. (And you feed me well too) Muacks.