I know not many people like this stinky beans but i really really do!
On days i cook this dish, this is all i ever need to go with my 2 bowls of rice – i don’t normally do 2 bowls but with petai, it’s an absolute exception!
Coming from Malaysia, my family and most friends i know dig this very much. Sadly, no one shares this love of mine in Singapore, except my ever-so-reliable helper — it’s not called stinky beans for nothing sadly :( — Without her around in a couple of years time down the road, i’ll probably not cook this again. It’s really no fun to eat alone no matter how much i love the food :(
Sambal Petai with Fried Ikan Bilis
To blend :
4 cloves of garlic
4-6 dry chili
2 buah keras
1. Blend the above
To cook :
1 big onion (i usually julien it)
1 packet of petai
1 tub of cili boh (chili paste)
14 big prawns
2-3 tsp belacan
1 tbsp sugar
1-2 tbsp of asam water (tamarind juice)
a handful of ikan bilis – deep fried
1. brown the blended paste in hot oil
2. stir in onion and saute
3. add chili boh + belacan
4. add petai
5. add prawns
6. add sugar
7. add tamarind juice. (testing time. at this point of time, if i find the dish is lacking of anything, i’d add them.)
8. when all are good, turn off fire.
9. add ikan bilis just before serving, ideally 5-10 mins after turning off fire to prevent ikan bilis from being soggy and not crunchy anymore.