People in Southeast Asia love to have condiment in their meal, Malay, Nyonya and Indonesia people call it Sambal, while Thai people call it Nam Prik, it is similar to dips, which helps to intrigue the taste of the dish. Sambal or Nam Prik could be the major dish of a meal with accompaniments of vegetables and meat or seafood, like Sambal Petai, which i want to share with you today. But when it is made thinly, it can be used as salad design. A simple sambal/nam prik is made from mix crushed fresh chilies with fish sauce, sugar and a dash of lime juice. Adding some crushed garlic, dried shrimps and a tiny amount of shrimp paste (called Hae Gor by Nyonya) make this dip more complete.
Sambal Petai, a tangy gastronomic creation, is pretty tough for me to categorize it, because some say it is originated from Indonesia, some say it is belongs to Malay people, while some claim it is a Nyonya cuisine. It is not easy to trace this dish belongs to which group, since they have influenced among each other due to the close proximity of the boarders between countries in Southeast Asia. So, after a long period of thinking, i decided to put this dish under Nyonya cuisine(if you are a Malay or Indonesian, hope you don’t mind!)
I have introduced Petai Bean in my previous post, so if you would like to know more about this special bean, kindly go to categories: ingredient, and look for Petai
Now, let’s see what ingredient we need to make this lip smacking good dish:
|12 prawn, cleaned and peeled||150g dried shrimp, soaked and minced|
|8 fresh chilies, crushed||5 cloves garlic, crushed|
|200g petai bean||Salt to taste|
|4 red shallot, crushed||1 tbsp sugar|
|1 tbsp lime juice||Cooking oil|
Just 5 simple steps, you can make this great SEA dish at home:
- heat up a pan, add oil, fry the crushed garlic and red shallot till fragrant.
- add in the crushed chillies and minced dried shrimp, stir fry till fragrant.
- Put in the Petai bean and prawns, stir fry for 2 minute or till prawns are fully cooked
- add in sugar and enough salt, stir fry till mixed well.
- Off the fire, add in lime juice. Served with steamed rice.
That’s all! Ha, don’t forget to cook more rice as you can finish one big bowl of rice with this dish alone! It is simply savory!
Oh yes, most people sneeze when they are cooking this dish, no big deal, all thanks to the super tangy smell! Enjoy! : )