* Cucur Udang

Posted on August 1st, 2015 by Linda. Filed under Cooking Method, Course, Cuisine, Deep Fry, Malaysian, Street Foods.



Prawn fritters!  Traditionally, you would want to have the shrimp all intact – heads, tails, shells and all on top and it gets all crisped up and add crunch to the fritter!

2 cups AP Flour
2 Tablespoons rice flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp turmeric, ground
1 Tablespoon kosher salt
1 egg
1 1/2 – 2 cups water

1/2 cup Chinese chives, trimmed and cut into 1 ½ inch lengths
1 1/2 cups mung bean sprouts, rinsed
1 small yellow onion, finely sliced
1 jalapeno, seeded, finely diced

1 lb medium shrimp (about 20-25), tails-on, cleaned

Rice bran oil for frying

Combine the flour, rice flour, baking powder, turmeric and salt into a mixing bowl. In a small bowl, beat egg with water. Make a well in the center, and add egg mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon to make a thick batter until just combined. Add more water if needed till the consistency of thick yogurt. Do not overmix. Stir in the chives, bean sprouts, onions and jalapeno. Let batter rest 15 minutes.

Using a deep pot, preheat oil for frying to 350 degrees. Place a shallow stainless steel ladle in the oil to and let it heat for 2 minutes. Remove ladle from the oil and allow excess oil to drip off. Fill the hot ladle with 3-4 Tablespoons of the batter mixture. Place a shrimp in the center and press lightly down.

Gently lower the ladle into the hot oil. Deep-fry until the fritter turns light golden, about 2-3 minutes. With the help of a small sharp knife, loosen the fritter from the ladle around the edge and pop the fritter into the oil. Let it cook further for a minute or until the cucur turns golden brown. Transfer fritters on a cookie rack over a sheet pan. Sprinkle fritters with some salt as it leaves the fryer.

Chili Dipping Sauce:
1 cloves garlic
4 Fresno red chillies
1 teaspoon ginger, grated
1 small shallot
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 lime, juice only
2 Tablespoons tomato ketchup
1 Tablespoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Preparing garlic chili sauce:
In a blender, place all garlic chili sauce ingredients together and process to a fine paste.


Serves 8



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* Pulut Panggang

Posted on August 1st, 2015 by Linda. Filed under Coconut Milk, Cuisine, Glutinuous Rice, Grill, Malaysian, Sear, Shrimp, Steam, Street Foods.


Way back when I was 15, I sat for my “domestic science” final exam (and that was the extend of my formal culinary education).  I chose to make this snack of sweet rice rolls with a spicy shrimp filling.  It encompassed, steaming, sauteing, grilling – 3 in 1 – what’s more a guarantee to wow the examiner.  And I got an “A”.  I practised like 30 times on my family, and needless to say I have not made this since that exam 3+ decades ago.  This is the exact recipe, translated from Malay and below is a copy of my recipe book – oh what beautiful cursive handwriting I had then!

2 cups sweet glutinous rice
2 pieces pandan, tied into knots each
2 cups coconut milk, reserve 2 Tablespoons
1 teaspoon kosher salt

4 oz shrimp, peeled, cleaned, cut into ½ inch dice
1 slice ginger, finely minced
½ inch turmeric, finely minced
1 stalk lemongrass, finely sliced
2 shallots, finely minced
1 Fresno chili, finely minced
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon fennel, toasted, ground
2 Tablespoons water
½ cup shredded coconut, reconstituted with a little water
½ teaspoon kosher salt
8 Banana leaves 4X 6”, blanched in hot water

Preparing the rice.
Wash the rice. Place rice into two separate bowls and add water till it covers the rice by 1 inch.  Let rice soak at least 6 hours to overnight.

Cooking the rice.
Drain rice. Place the rice evenly on a cheesecloth.   Place in a steamer rack. Add a knot of pandan to each of the rice. Steam for about 10 minutes. In the meantime, stir in salt to the coconut milk. Add milk to the rice, enough to barely cover, and stir to mix. Continue steaming for another 15 minutes. Test for doneness i.e., the rice is tender and cooked through.

Cooking the shrimp filling
Heat oil in a skillet, add finely minced gingers, lemongrass and cook until fragrant. Add shrimp and shallots, fresno chili, red pepper flakes and fennel, and water and cook another minute until fragrant. Add coconut and salt to taste.   Cook until mixture is dry.

Wrapping the parcel
Blanch banana leave to soften. Brush with coconut milk. Place two heaping tablepoons of cooked rice in the center, followed by a scant tablespoon of filling. Spread to form a log. Roll up the cylinder and seal the ends with toothpick. Place on grill until browned and fragrant.

Serves 8




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* Ice Kacang

Posted on August 1st, 2015 by Linda. Filed under Cuisine, Dessert, Malaysian.



Ais kacang or ABC (Air Batu Campur) is a refreshing dessert / snack in Malayisa.  A medley of sweet red beans, crunchy peanuts, creamy corn, wiggly grass jelly and chewy palm seed topped with shaved snow-cone ice and coconut milk.  This is definitely something to reach for on a hot day and everyday is hot in Malaysia!


Ice Kacang – Shaved Ice with Adzuki Beans, Corn, and Coconut Milk

Red beans:
1 cup Adzuki red beans, soaked, drained
3/4 cup sugar
2 pandan leaves (optional), each tied into a knot

Creamed Corn:
1 cup corn kernels
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 Tablespoons sugar

Other optional ingredients:

1 cup canned grass jelly
1 cup canned palm seeds
½ cup peanuts

2 pandan leaves
1 1/2 cup palm sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water

1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups coconut milk
3/4 cup evaporated milk
10 cups shaved ice

Place the red beans in a pot with 2 pieces of the pandan. Cover with 2 inches of water over the beans and simmer 1-1 1/2 hours till beans have softened. Drain, cool and chill.

Simmer corn in coconut milk, salt and sugar till corn is creamy, about 20 minutes. Remove, cool and chill.

In a small saucepan, add the palm sugar, sugar with 1 cup of water. Tie a knot through the folded pandan leaves and add to the pot. Bring to boil and simmer over medium heat until for 5 minutes. Strain. Let cool.

Add salt to coconut cream. Chill. Set aside.

To assemble, in a bowl, place 2 Tablespoons each of adzuki, corn, grass jelly and palm fruit. Top with a heaping cup of shaved ice, drizzle on a portion of coconut milk, palm sugar syrup and evaporated milk.

Serves 8


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