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Stinky Petai with Homemade Sambal Belacan

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

You get strong-smelling flatulence, stinky urine, smelly breath after eating them...and not to mention that they are bitter, pungent - definitely an acquired taste. Despite all these unpleasantness, a lot of people (including myself) still love them. My grandmother used to cook a lot of petai, according to her, petai is thought to be able to counter diabetes. Other benefits can be found here.

Sambal petai is a very common dish in Malaysia and to be honest, I've only eaten petai this way. I know they can be eaten steamed, but I don't think I can handle the bitterness. In Malaysia, the beans are normally sold in bunches, still in the pods like this. Here, I managed to find some that were already peeled and nicely packaged in Chinatown.


Sambal petai


Ingredients:


Directions:

  • Saute onion with a bit of oil until soft.
  • Add in sambal belacan, tamarind concentrate and sugar. Stir fry for a few mins.
  • Mix in water.
  • Add squid and petai, stir fry until cooked.
  • Mix in crispy ikan bilis.
  • Serve with rice!

PS. This dish attracted 8 huge flies to our flat - a very rare scene here in the UK.

Other recipes with sambal belacan:

Creamy Sambal Belacan Aubergine --> Here

Sambal Belacan Aubergine & Ladies Fingers with Minced Meat --> Here

I am sending this over to Anh from Food Lover's Journey - this week's host of weekend herb blogging #196. WHB event is currently housed by Haalo at Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once.


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31 oink oinks...:

KennyT said...

I've tried petai seeds before, I like'em!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks delectable. Petai sure is an acquired taste.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A lethal weapon ;-P!!!

Cheers,

Rosa

Angie's Recipes said...

You call it stinky, I call it aromatic! :-) It looks rich and delicious.

Anonymous said...

Don't post any more blog posts. I came here to enjoy looking at your blog but I immediately upon entering began feeling nauseous. After multiple trips to the bathroom to take short diarrhea breaks, I returned to look again at this blog and was surprised to see it with its weird green beans. Why are foodbloggers so self-obsessed??

lisaiscooking said...

Sounds like a great combination of savory flavors. The squid looks delicious!

Anncoo said...

Hi,
First time here, really enjoying looking at your blog with nice pictures and recipes. Sure come again.
Thanks for visiting my blog, will be your follower.

The Little Teochew said...

I don't profess to love petai but I know for sure I wouldn't be able to resist at least a bite or 2 of your gorgeous dish! It looks absolutely yummy! The colour is superb.

email2me said...

Sambal petai taste good with crunchy anchovies and prawns too. :D

noobcook said...

My mom loves this though I can't really stand the smell, hehe. But your version with sambal actually sounds & looks delish :D

Elra said...

I have to look harder. I miss this petai very much.

Hummingbird Appetite said...

I'll try anything once!

Cynthia said...

Thanks for introducing me to a new ingredient.

Vera said...

It must taste fantastic!

Tim said...

The photo looks delicious, so I'm just gonna go ahead and forget that I read the description in the first sentence of this post :)

My Asian Kitchen said...

look yummy and spicy!!!! I also just bought a pack of petai yesterday!! planning to cook wt sotong as well..welcome to the Stinking bathroom! lol!

katie said...

what are you talking about - i love flatulence!

In my opinion, you haven't eaten good food until you have some flatulence!

Sophie said...

The dish looks just perfect!

I love those yummie flavours!!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I haven't heard of this but it sure looks delicious. I had to laugh at all of the side effects!

ICook4Fun said...

It might be stinky but taste good and it has great nutritious value too. Good for diabetic and high blood pressure.

Grace said...

what can i say, it just sounds so appealing. :) thanks for educating me about a food i probably never would've known.

♥peachkins♥ said...

I haven't tried this but I think I'm gonna like it. It looks really yummy!

Helen Yuet Ling Pang said...

Ooh, I don't think I've tried petai before. I would know if I had, I'm sure. Sounds delicious though and I'd like to try making sambal belacan one day!

Reeni♥ said...

I've never heard of this before but you have me cracking up. It sure looks yummy!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Hehe flatulence, smelly bodily fluids and flies? But I believe you that it's good despite that! :D

5 Star Foodie said...

Fascinating! This is definitely a new ingredient for me, very curious to try it!

Leela said...

I'm dropping by to say that I made this tonight! (Who can say no to petai?) And it was delicious. This is a little different from how Thais cook petai, but I love this version. It's worth burping petai for the next few hours. :D

Anh said...

I have been dying to try out this dish. My MIL loves them!! I have the feeling I will love them as well :)!

Ravenous Couple said...

we love belacan...give us more stinky veggies please!

Anonymous said...

Just came to know your blog. Thanks for all the lovely recipes..

I have not see Petai selling in London, Chinatown. Perhaps if you could you please tell me which shop, so I can ring up to reserve.
Many thanks,
Simone

PS: Petai with Nasi Lemak ummm Yummy Yummy ;)

pigpigscorner said...

Thanks for visiting my blog =)

I think I bought the petai at New Loon Moon.

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