Friday, December 20, 2013

Rojak - Guilty Pleasure

It has been quite sometimes I have not eaten rojak and I bought one just when I saw one hawker stall selling by the road side. It's early in the morning, this is certainly not the most healthy food for breakfast. For those who don't know what is rojak it is basically mix fruits & vegetables salad with thick black sauce (sweet, salty, sour and spicy), it's a, below the recipe which adapted from


Serves: 8 

1 medium cucumber
2 small young green mangoes, peeled
1/2 medium pineapple, skinned
1 large yam bean (sengkuang/jicama), peeled
3 teaspoons black shrimp paste
Prawn crisps ( see recipe)
150g roasted peanuts, chopped coarsely
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
For the sauce
15 dried chillies, soaked and deseeded
2.5 cm belacan, toasted
1/2 cup (125 ml) tamarind juice
120g caster sugar
1 teaspoon (5 ml) dark soya sauce


Prep:20min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:30min 

  1. Pound the chillies and belacan in mortar and pestle until it becomes a fine paste. Put that paste and tamarind juice in a saucepan and cook over low heat. Add the sugar and dark soya sauce and cook until the sugar dissolves and sauce is thick. Set aside and let cool.
  2. Cut the vegetables and fruits into small wedges and put into a large mixing bowl. Add the black shrimp paste and rojak sauce and mix well.
  3. To serve, garnish the top of the rojak with slightly crushed prawn crisp, chopped peanuts and sesame seeds.

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