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Crisp rojak salad with spicy sweet dressing Recipe

Crisp rojak salad with spicy sweet dressing Recipe

Crisp rojak salad with spicy sweet dressing Recipe

Ingredients :

    • 2 cakes (each 150 g/ 5 oz) pressed firm tofu, cubed and deep-fried
    • 2 Chinese fried bread sticks (yu tiao, see note), sliced or 60 g (1 cup) croutons
    • 1 cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
    • 1 small jicama, peeled and sliced into thin wedges
    • 1 ripe fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and sliced into chunks
    • 1 unripe green mango, peeled, pitted and sliced
    • 2 medium starfruits, sliced
    • 1 tablespoon dry-roasted sesame seeds
    • 2 tablespoons crushed dry-roasted peanuts or cashew nuts
    • Grated lime rind, to garnish (optional)


    • 2 tablespoons boiling water
    • 11/2 tablespoons black sweet prawn paste (hae koh)
    • 2–3 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 teaspoons Sambal Oelek Chilli Paste or other sweet chilli paste
    • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
    • Fresh juice of 1 lime
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

A ubiquitous classic, this tossed crisp salad known as rojakis a tumbled blend of bold aromas – the glistening black molasses-like prawn dressing and roasted peanuts overpower everything else with their strong aromas. But take a bite and you will release the crisp scented flavours of green mango, ripe sweet pineapple and fresh jicama chunks that give texture to this salad, and a special sweet, tart and pungent taste that no other Asian salad provides. So prepare to be seduced by the most exciting salad imaginable as you crunch each mouthful, evoking memories of good food and colourful markets in Malaysia. This cold dish is eaten as a snack or appetiser in Malaysia and Singapore, and needs no accompaniments.

Prepare the Sambal Oelek Chilli Paste.

Prepare the Spicy Sweet Rojak Dressing first by adding boiling water to the black sweet prawn paste in a bowl and mixing well. Add the sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved, then stir in all the other ingredients, adjusting the taste.

Place all the salad ingredients in a large bowl, drizzle the Spicy Sweet Rojak Dressing over them and toss thoroughly until the salad is well coated with the dressing. Transfer to individual serving plates, sprinkle with the sesame seeds, ground peanuts or cashews, and serve immediately garnished with grated lime rind.

Note : Chinese fried bread sticks (yu tiao) are dough strips that are deep-fried into puffy, crisp sticks. The Chinese usually have them with coffee or congee for breakfast. They can be found fresh in Chinese food stores and well-stocked Malaysian supermarkets. If unavailable, substitute crisp bread croutons.

SERVES : 6