Friday, November 7, 2014

Kosong

Just blanched "Choy Sum" vegetable. We often ask for our vegetables to be just blanched without any salt, soy sauce and oil. 

We use the word "kosong", the Malay word for zero and the staff would understand that we do not want anything to be added to the vegetable. When ordering drinks like barley water and lime juice, we also use the word "kosong" to mean that we do not want any sugar or syrup in the drinks and they would understand.

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  1. You good lah.. I always when ask for kosong, those mamak will still insist on giving me sugar in my drinks, every freaking time! >.<

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  2. i like kosong veggie, can taste the 'greens'!

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  3. We do have kosong for drinks...but never heard it used for veg...just "ching chao" - fried plain with garlic. I love vegetables just lightly boiled or blanched, very sweet...and there are those that I do that for my ulam.

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    1. Fresh vege tastes very sweet on their own.

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  4. When I see Kosong in my feed I thought it's about roti kosong post.. I sometimes order kosong too for my food, like roti, nice also..Drinks would always be Milo kosong..

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    1. I try to avoid ordering roti outside if I can help it since it is easy to buy prepacked roti to eat at home.

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  5. Oh. I never knew it is called "kosong". I love blanched veggie like choy sum. Sometimes I ordered my drinks to be kosong too, like milo, tea, but never in food.

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    1. I also can't remember where I learn to call these using the word kosong.

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  6. oh, the term "kosong" also applies to cooking huh?? I only know it means "no sugar", a rather universal term understood in all eateries for preparing drinks I guess.. I always have my barley drink "kosong"..

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    1. I wonder who started using this word to mean no sugar.

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  7. hmmm, nothing for your veggie?? no oil, no salt, no soy sauce, no MSG etc?? just blanched in water?? that's healthy but you just eat that this way?? I can do that with raw lettuce, they taste better raw than cooked, agree??

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    1. Yes eat just like that. Only eat raw veggies at home because can washed it clean ourselves.

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  8. You are very healthy!! I can eat very bland food too but not totally without salt. I usually blanche my greens with a bit of salt just for taste.

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    1. Other food has more salt than our body need so I try to cut down on salt consumption this way.

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  9. Good for you...though I can never bring myself to eat "kosong" vege. Dark green leafy veges are already difficult to eat...let alone "kosong"!

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    1. Hahaha you are like princess ribbon who does not like to eat greens.

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  10. I dont like it kosong. prefer with kicap.

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  11. That's probably the best way to have the vegetables. Natural without any additives. But I prefer some sauce on it.

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    1. Oyster sauce or just some garlic oil.

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    2. If I can't have it kosong, I would prefer garlic oil over oyster sauce.

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  12. So healthy! We also order our drinks kosong. Most of the time, I will add a tbs of cooking oil and some salt into the boiling water to blanch the veggie. The veggies come out shiny, smooth and tastier than kosong :D

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  13. Healthy. :) I'd want some salt, soy, oil AND fried onion if possible hehe.

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    1. That is how the veges are served, with all the items you named above.

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  14. i learn something new today. can order choy sum kosong!

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    1. Hope the place you eat at understands what it means. :)

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  15. Very healthy, Mun.... sometimes I do like this too at home... no oil no sauce..

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  16. This reminds me like those who putting so hard on cut down their weight, they always go with like vege go through boil water before they eat, and they do the same to the meat and other dishes as well!!!

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    1. Oh is it? I thought best way to lose weight is to eat as many green apples as possible.

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  17. Nice! I usually do my broccoli kosong, but will add a little soy sauce for my leafy greens as they sometimes have a slight bitter taste. Never use oyster sauce. =)

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    1. I don't like oyster sauce either.

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