I was watching Jamie Oliver's Pukka Tukka while translating the ingredients to Bahasa Melayu so Tok could write it down in Jawi in her recipe notebook. Young Jamie Oliver was cooking braised chicken with red peppers, mouthing 'Pukka Tukka' now and then.Tok loves watching his shows and refers him as Chef Mat Salleh Yang Cakap Macam Takdak Gigi Tu.
20 minutes passed as Jamie mixed the braised chicken with red peppers to be sauteed. I was translating the whole program like a professional Word Debate translator and Tok was writing furiously like a Jawi newspaper reporter.
"Dia campuq skali lada merah dengan ayam tadi."
"Lepah tu dia boh bawang yang dia goreng asing tadi."
"Manalah Afiq tau, dia tak buat pa lagi! Oh, lepah tu dia boh wain Chardonnay."
I looked back and saw Tok tearing a whole page.
"Dia guna arak, mana boleh makan. Haram."
Is it haram to add wine into sauteed dishes? In my limited experience, white wine will lose its alcohol content when sauteed. Even if there are traces of alcohol left in the sauteed dish, it will not make people drunk, not even a bit.
I never doubt myself when I eat dishes that has white wine, red wine or rum because it cannot make anyone drunk. Consumption of alcohol is haram when it is abused to cause intentional numbness of the mind. As far as I'm concerned, tapai is more likely to make me drunk than any dish mixed with wine.
Methyphobia in Malaysia is legendary. There was a time when even perfumes with alcohol is considered haram. There were even alternative 'Islamic perfumes' with no added alcohol.
It is understandable that a lot of Muslims consider using white wine in their cooking haram because having white wine in the kitchen cabinets will somehow prompt alcohol consumption. But then again, almost all toilets at home have alcohol readily available for the whole family: Listerine!