Sambal hairbee (plus petai)


300gm dried shrimps
6 red medium sized onions
cili boh/chili paste (quantity according to taste, maybe 3tblspoon)
3 stalks serai/lemongrass
1 big piece fresh kunyit/tumeric (if substitute with powder, about 1 tblspoon)
Daun limau purut/forgot the English name – slice finely (this is a must)
Daun kunyit/tumeric leaves – slice finely (this one optional)
Tamarind juice (add minimal water)
Salt to taste

Soak dried shrimps and pound coarsely.
Blend onion, serai and kunyit.

In a non-stick wok, heat oil and fry the blended onion/cili/leaves till dry. Add the dried shrimp and continue frying. You need to constantly stir it or they will stick to the bottom of the pan. Add tamarind juice** and sugar. Continue stirring until the whole paste is dried.

One can keep the portion in individual container and heat them up later.

This sambal hairbee taste good if used to make sandwiches, eat with rice or when cooking instant noodle, drop a tablespoon in for added flavour.

** TO ADD PETAI (some stinky beans, will blog more about it next time when I have the complete ‘tape’ of the petai)
About 200 gms of petai – Add in after adding tamarind juice, to cook.

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9 thoughts on “Sambal hairbee (plus petai)


    (April 19, 2005 - 8:42 am)

    one of my favourite! *drool…drool*


    (April 19, 2005 - 9:48 am)

    Thanks Lilian.. I have a bag of petai in my freezer.. which I bought just because I havent seen it in Canada before. old hubby I bought it just to stare as I dont even know how to cook it properly. cost Cdn $18.00 (= to I think over $50 malaysian ring ) Cant wait for your petai recipe..if I remember correctly I better make sure I have no appointments when I eat them right??


    (April 19, 2005 - 3:27 pm)

    Romantic – Wow! That’s expensive. You can cook petai with prawns. I don’t have the recipe but needing chilies and onions plus tamarind. Grind chili and tamarind and fry in oil till fragrant. Add tamarind and prawns and petai.

    To get rid of smells, they said eating brinjals/aubergines can help. Eat this as another separate dish. And remember not to pee! It stinks!

    momof2 – next time we nasi lemak party


    (April 19, 2005 - 5:08 pm)

    another advise, don’t kiss after eating this! LOL!


    (April 20, 2005 - 2:16 am)

    Thanks lilian and momof2. Looks like I have to hide myself for a few days to eat that… Eating durian here is already a very meticulously planned affair. Hubby and kid gags at the smell and I pity the garbage guy.


    (April 21, 2005 - 5:32 am)

    The sambal tumis udang and satorbean (petai) looks soooooooo delicous, and gorgeous photo too.


    (May 6, 2005 - 9:14 am)

    lau nuah!!!

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