Thursday, November 27, 2008

Grilled Butter Corn on Cob

I miss the Pasar Malam (a Malay word for Night Market) I used to go to when I was a little girl. The sellers just laid a cloth or canvas sheet on floor and display what they are selling there. Very much like the the flea market at Sungei Road.

Then came the Fun Fair with all the rides and game stall. I can't remember what we ate then because I was only interested in the games. But I do remember the drinks were still in glass bottle form and the stools were all made of wood.

I love the game where you try to throw and get your ring to land on some coloured pins for prizes. And not forgetting the knock down cans! Sigh! The good fun old days. And yes, I'm that old. ;)

The Pasar Malam nowadays are b-o-r-i-n-g. Even my kids doesn't like to go. Well, except when there are rides. We just have a look if we happen to be there. Usually, we will buy some food back.

My son's favourite is the "Shark's Fin" soup. No, no shark's fin in there. ;) For me, I got to have the "bird's nest" drink, which is one thing that hasn't changed much for a long time. Even the sign still look similar. Like the "Shark's Fin" soup, this drink doesn't contain Bird's Nest either. Just agar-agar to fake it. ;P

The other food I miss was the grilled corn by the Malay sellers. I'm not sure why they no longer sell this maybe rami burgers make better moolah.

The Chinese sellers have it though but as corn kernel, steamed. They will add some margarine and salt into a foam cup, add some corn, give a quick stir and that's it. I guess it's easier to eat this way but I still preferred the 'original' grilled version. It smells and tastes is so much better. Plus it's fresh corn on cob! Not frozen corn kernels. I wished there's a time-machine. But thank God. This is super easy to make and anyone can do it even if you say you can't cook.

My son try it for the first time and love it and we were 'fighting' for it. You just need to spread butter on the corn, and grill it for about 12 minutes on medium heat. I used a grill pan but you can use a regular pan but remember to turn it often so as not to burn it. Towards the end of the grilling, add a pinch of salt and it's done!


  1. I love the idea of grilling corn on my grill pan. I'm going to give it a try.

    One summer a vendor at Santa Monica Beach sold grilled corn, and I loved it. You could get it with mayo or lime juice or cayenne pepper or all of the above.

  2. Only you can make grilled corn look so good, Elaine !! *grin*

  3. Susan,
    Wow! Thanks for all the suggestion. Will try those!

    Nah, you can also. :)

  4. can we grill it in the oven instead?

  5. @Ng, sure you can but because it's already cooked, I prefer to use the grill pan. You can control the heat and also easier to turn the cob. Plus I love to see the grill marks on the cob. :)