petai

April 15, 2010

Spicy Vegetable Medley

I picked up a book on "Five-a-Day, fruit and vegetable cooking" sometime ago. What it says makes sense to me anyway. If we need to eat fruits and vegetables, why not eat different types of them together as a dish. Each vegetable or fruit has its own plus points. For example, petai (stinking bean) which has a very pervasive smell but is considered a very highly sought after ingredient in Malaysia especially when cooked with 'sambal belacan' and dried shrimps.
May 14, 2010

Petai with dried shrimp sambal

This recipe requires the use of a very Malaysian ingredient called 'Belacan', also known as shrimp paste. Shrimp paste consists of tiny shrimps fermented with salt, pressed into shapes like blocks of butter or round discus pieces which are then wrapped in brown paper or vacuum packed for freshness. The smell is pungent and only a small portion is required for a single dish. Another important Malaysian ingredient here is the 'Assam' also known as tamarind paste. This paste is used to give this dish a sour tinge.