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5 Recipe Fallbacks when your Rendang runs out

by Honey Ahmad Photography FriedChillies on Wed, June 21, 2017

Running out of food is not an option during an open house and yet sometimes it's hard to gage how much to prepare. Here are some recipes to fall back on if (oh no!) your rendang runs out.

Some recipes for you in case your rendang finishes...

The fear of not having enough food for our guests seemed to be hard-wired in our DNA. We are hospitable people and the thought of guests leaving dissatisfied makes us wake up in the middle of the night in cold sweat. Here are some food ideas for you to fallback on when your rendang and ketupat runs out.

Tray Bakes and One Pot Fallbacks

Keep some extra meat in the fridge and pantry essentials like spices, vegetables and rice. A good trick is to have ready recipes that you can pop in the oven or the rice cooker and can cook while you entertain your guests.

1/ Chicken Traybakes

Chicken is an affordable meat to have on hand. You can make this Chicken and Olive Bake earlier and keep in the fridge or simply throw it together when you see food running low. Guests simply love eating anything fresh out of the oven. Try too this Roasted Chicken Curry for something with gravy to eat with lemang.

2/ One Pot Rice Recipes

The rice cooker is such a great invention. Have prawns on hand in the freezer and you can whip this Nasi Udang up in no time that your guests can eat with leftover gravy. You can also add tomato paste for nasi tomato and use other meats like chicken or beef.

Quick Fry-ups and Fillers

Have recipes on-hand that can be fried up in no time. We're talking simple noodles or rice that your guests will probably enjoy after all the heavy Raya food. Pasta can also be a good filler and antidote to spicy coconut rice gravies.

3/ Char Kuey Teow

A Char Kuey Teow is a brilliant open house dish. It takes no time to fry up and satisfying too. All you need is a few packets of kuey teow, prawns and pantry items. You can also try out a Mi Bandung for something with gravy or a crowd pleaser Fried Rice that's great for kids too.

4/ Prawn Aglio Olio

Super simple and not too heavy, olive oil based pastas are great as fillers for your Raya table. Try this Prawn Aglio Olio. We have a few more you can fall back on, Squid Fettuccine and Parmesan Chicken

Stock Up on Seafood

We do know that people do come for Raya open houses hoping to enjoy delicious Malay cooking. If you don't want to disappoint your guests, stock up on seafood. They are fast to defrost and also cooks fast. An idea would have ready blended aromatics and spice pastes in your fridge. All you need to do when food runs low is to just sautee your pastes and add in the seafood.

5/ Sambal Sotong

Quick to make and super delicious. This can be enjoyed with leftover kuah lodeh or ladled on lemang. You can also quickly whip up a Sambal Fish or Udang Goreng Berlada in less than half and hour.

So don't sweat it if your rendang or other Raya food runs out, just prepare for it and you'll be fine.