Ulam is a Malay word meaning eating vegetables raw and bitter. Sambal Belacan is sambal (chili paste) with belacan (fermented shrimp paste). For Malaysian in general and Malay in particular, ulam with sambal belacan is eaten as a side dish together with white rice and other dishes. These are all spread like a buffet and enjoy by the whole family together for lunch or dinner.
You can eat them just like that with sambal belacan or you can make a salad. Today I am going to show you how to make the salad.
Pennywort Leaves Salad
A bunch of pennywort leaves, rinsed and chopped/sliced
2-3 tbsp grated coconut
4-5 red chilies
2-3 thai chilies
1 tsp belacan
1.5 tbsp sugar
A pinch of salt
1. Put the chopped pennywort leaves and grated coconut in a bowl.
3. Transfer the sambal belacan into the bowl and mix well.
4. Serves with warm white rice and other dishes.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Finding a typical leaves for ulam here in the USA is of course not an easy task. They are of course the usual 'suspects' that I usually use for my ulam here like cucumber and cabbage. Others like petai (stinky beans), ulam raja (wild cosmos) and kacang botol (winged bean) are not easily available. But I am pretty lucky since the Asian community in California is huge and ulam pegaga or pennywort leaves is plenty at the asian supermarket.
2. Pound all the ingredients for sambal belacan in mortar and pestle or you can also use food processor.
I also made catfish in spicy coconut broth to go with my rice and ulam which I will post the recipe next. Please do come back for that recipe soon.