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The Real Way to make Carbonara

In Malaysia, we’ve always been taught that Carbonara should be cooked with cream. Heck, if you go to a normal ‘western’ restaurant, and sadly even a few so-called commercial Italian restaurants, they’d serve you Carbonara that has been cooked with cream. As much as this is wrong, sadly it’s a norm in Malaysia.

Recently, a video tweet of a Malaysian showing others how to prepare a Carbonara went viral for the wrong reasons. So, today we’re going to show you the real way to make Carbonara, and it’s easy!

First you need:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil or butter
  • 5 strips of beef bacon
  • 3-4 whole eggs
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 pound spaghetti pasta
  • Salt and black pepper
  1. Boil the Pasta: Boil the pasta in a pot with salt.
  2. Sauté beef bacon: While the water is still boiling, heat olive oil or butter on a pan over medium heat. Add the beef bacon strips and fry them until they’re crispy.
  3. Beat eggs and half of the cheese: In a small bowl, beat the eggs and mix in about half of the cheese.
  4. Mix the pasta, beef bacon and eggs/cheese mixture in a bowl: This is when you realize that it’s really simple. You mix the pasta, beef bacon and eggs/cheese mixture in one bowl – and kaboom! A bowl of authentic italian Carbonara.

The creaminess comes from the mixture of the eggs and the parmesan. Want it to taste even creamier? Add a bit more cheese — or even better, purchase a higher grade parmesan the next time you’re at the supermarket. Try this at home, and tell us what you think!

The creaminess comes from the mixture of the eggs and the parmesan. Want it to taste even creamier? Add a bit more cheese -- or even better, purchase a higher grade parmesan the next time you’re at the supermarket. Try this at home, and tell us what you think!

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