** This blog post was originally posted at ‘Sinfully Delicious Malaysia’ blog on 12th January, 2014

Ahh, meatloaf.

A typical dish in American households, especially during the holiday season but not so much in Malaysia, and it’s non-existent in a Malay household. What is a meatloaf? According to Wikipedia:

Meatloaf is a dish of ground meat formed into a loaf shape, mixed with egg and breadcrumbs, then baked or smoked. The loaf shape is formed by either cooking it in a loaf pan, or forming it by hand on a flat baking pan. Meatloaf is usually made from ground beef, although lamb, pork, veal, venison, and poultry are also used.

So naturally, being a Malay, we don’t eat the traditional meatloaf. I’m only familiar with the processed slices of frozen meatloaf (or so they say) that you can find in the supermarket. A couple of days after Christmas last year (feels weird to write last year since it was just a couple of weeks ago!), I was in AEON Station 18 Ipoh and was surprised to find packs of meatloaf!

Meatloaf @ AEON Station 18, Ipoh

Meatloaf – RM13.80

I’m guessing it was because of Christmas that they sold meatloaf, because like I said, it’s also a common holiday food. Normally at the food section there at AEON Station 18, you can find ‘snack’-like food for example sausages, chicken, my favorite okonomiyaki, a wide variety of sushi and other ‘kuih’ but it was the first time that I saw meatloaf, ever.

It’s a bit on the expensive side, being priced at RM13.80 per box of 4 thick slices of meatloaf but since it was almost closing time, they had 30% discount. As someone who has never tasted meatloaf, I was curious! Obviously, I took the chance to buy a box. It was the first time I saw a meatloaf that actually looks like a typical meatloaf – a loaf shape that has been sliced. I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t have high expectations anyway. It was in fact a typical ‘snack’ type that AEON prepares.. so the quality won’t be as nice as homemade or from an expensive restaurant.

Meatloaf @ AEON Station 18, Ipoh

Surprisingly I liked it!

Okay, I assume it’s not the same as homemade but hey, it tasted better than expected. The consistency of the meat, however, is almost the same as you would taste in processed thin slices of frozen meatloaf for sandwiches by Ayamas or something at the frozen section in the supermarket. There are some veggies mixed in, and I assume they used the frozen mixed veggies, haha. You know, those frozen mixed corn, carrots and peas in a bag. Since it’s not freshly made, those mixed veggies were …bleh. Could do without.

I didn’t like the ‘skin’ however. The outer skin was tough to chew, and since I didn’t have a microwave to reheat it, it was not pleasant so I peeled the skin and gave it to my cats.  Also, they put lettuce underneath the meat. If it was freshly made, I have no problem with that but since it wasn’t, and I don’t even know WHEN it was made (probably in the morning or afternoon) so

by night time the lettuce would have sweat and become ‘watery’ and the meat would get soggy.

Overall, it was a good meaty snack, but don’t expect it to be as good as the typical homemade meatloaf. One day I ought to try to make one of my own. I’m always lazy though. I’m not sure if you can get the meatloaf still. At the price of RM13.80, it’s on the expensive side and I wouldn’t get it but after 30% discount, for RM9.70, it’s worth it.

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