Wee comprehensively appreciated producing his individual twist to the Hainanese claypot rooster rice using firewood and his pestle and mortar. — Pics by way of Facebook/DerickTheCamper
By Anne Grace Savitha
Friday, 03 Jun 2022 3:28 PM MYT
PETALING JAYA, June 3 — KL camper Derick Wee enjoys the wearisome method of cooking Malaysian food items when camping outside, even if it usually means more time preparation and cooking time.
Dishes that he has cooked when tenting consist of char kuey teow, loh shi enjoyment and even his possess twist to masala rooster.
Earlier this 7 days, the camper recognized as derickthecamper on Instagram, headed to Selangor’s Kem The Woods Ulu Yam camping internet site and showed off his preparation for claypot Hainanese Chicken rice dish employing firewood and pestle and mortar.
He also had components these types of as garlic, ginger, spring onions, rice, sesame oil and onions.
“I don’t ordinarily carry my pestle and mortar outside — but by some means I have realised that by mixing components these as ginger, garlic and spring onions for the marinated chicken — the taste is better.
“I’ve constantly desired to attempt producing Hainanese chicken rice though tenting — and that was why I made the decision to endeavor making it outdoor this time,” he instructed Malay Mail.
The rooster rice that was cooked in the claypot with firewood turned out mouth watering, according to Wee, whose hometown is in Melaka.
Wee, who is a lover in a fruit enterprise positioned in Petaling Jaya and Shah Alam, extra that the Covid-19 lockdowns had specified him enough time to experiment.
But the expert camper said he necessary to be regularly watchful of the fire as the flames can be inconsistent at situations and this can disrupt the cooking method.
“I just cannot just go away my hen to cook outdoors though undertaking some thing else as I require to be there observing it all the time or else it may just get burnt.
“It’s not as effortless as cooking at residence exactly where everything follows a mounted system these types of as cooking time — as there are other things such as the wind and fire that can vary though remaining outside.
“Most situations, it’s a extended approach to hold out for the meals to cook dinner — at times it would get about an hour or much more to prepare dinner just about every food depending on its complexity.
“Other occasions, I just can’t estimate the volume of ingredients essential for a individual meal so there have been occasions where by I had to tweak the recipe and make do with the end result of it.”
Wee enjoys tenting out and cooking by itself and finds the expertise enjoyable.
“When I’m by yourself, I can just believe of my potential strategies and it provides me clarity to assume of my objectives.
“Plus, no 1 is with me. I would just choose a swim in the river and consider my time cooking with the wind blowing on my face and hearing the sweet chirping of the birds.
“It’s actually an knowledge to just have your very own ‘me time’ and just get a crack.”
His go-to tenting place is everything that has a river close by as he loves getting a dip in the interesting waters or star-gazing if he programs to camp overnight.
Most instances, his tenting places would be all those that are accessible by car or truck so that he can quickly transportation his cooking utensils and meals to the campsite.
“I like the thought of using my individual time to prepare dinner — I would prepare dinner a single major meal and almost certainly pack some gentle meals for my morning breakfast and meal.
“I also get pleasure from my cup of coffee even though acquiring the surroundings to myself. It’s just a pretty expertise,” he said.