Saturday, October 13, 2012

Rojak Betik Terengganu/Terengganu Papaya Salad

My good friend Shereen shared this recipe with me and she adapted it from Nor’s of Secubit Garam blog. I knew immediately that I would like to try it out someday. Since I like the fish crackers I knew I am going to like this dish or appetizer. So happen Malaysian Food Fest feature the state of Terengganu (one of the states in Malaysia) this month so I took the opportunity to try it out. This dish is definitely a keeper and the leftover gravy taste much better the next day. I just ate it with the fish crackers.


1 medium size young Papaya, peeled, deseeded and shredded
enough deep -fried Fish crackers /keropok ikan
1 Cucumber, shredded ( optional )
1/2 Pineapple, shredded ( optional )


1 - 1.5 kg Atlantic mackeral, add more fish if you prefer a thicker gravy ( original recipe uses ikan Selayang )
30 gm dried chilies, soaked to soften and blend into a paste
125 gm Palm sugar or to taste 3 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp Light soy sauce
1/2 cup White vinegar ( you can use thick tamarind juice instead )
Salt to taste
1 1/2 liter of water

1.Boil the fish in some water until cooked. Scoop the fish out and let cool. Reserve the fish stock for later use. Remove all flesh from the bone and pound the fish flesh until broken down. Put the pounded fish flesh in a big bowl. Leave aside.
2. In another medium size pot, put in the water, dried chili paste, palm sugar and soy sauce. Let it to boil and then simmer for at least 10 minutes before adding in vinegar.
3. Scoop 2 or 3 ladleful's of the gravy into the bowl of pounded fish flesh. Stir thoroughly before pouring into the gravy pot (do not put in the pounded fish flesh straight into the gravy as it will result in lumpy gravy).
4. Leave to boil. Season with sugar and salt to taste. The gravy should have the sweet, sour and spicy taste.

To serve:

Pile shredded young papaya, cucumber and pineapple if prefer on a plate and pour the gravy on top. The gravy can be served hot or cold. Can be eaten with just the fish crackers but I like to serve mine with fish crackers and shredded young papaya.

I am submitting this dish to Malaysian Food Fest, Terengganu Month hosted by Lena of Frozen Wings .
I am also submitting this dish to to Muhibbah Malaysian Monday roundup, created and hosted by Sharon of Test with a Skewer and Suresh of 3 Hungry Tummies.


Stephanie said...

The rojak looks appetizing. Can you get keropok ikan over there? I love keropok ikan when I was in Malaysia

PH said...

I love this salad too especially with keropok!

Shereen said...

One of the best salad I've ever eaten and thank you to Kak Nor for introducing it.I have green papaya in my fridge n I'm going to do this again:)

fuat gencal said...

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My Little Space said...

Howdy Gert! Wow, I knew I will like this salad. The gravy sounds really interesting. Have to bookmark this for later use. thanks for sharing.
Have a fabulous weekend.

FiSh said...

rojak is nothing without some crispy cracker rite.. :) i love it!

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K.Nor said...

hi gert, dah buat rojak betik ni ya.. betul tu, gravy tu kalau dibiar bermlam dlm peti ais akan jd lebih sedap.. nor selalunya buat kuah dan makan dgn keropok ikan dan nor selalu buat kuah yg lebih sbb anak2 suka makan gitu jer dgn kropok ikan yg dicrush sedikit.. mmg heaven! pastu pekena pulak kopi O secawan.. perghhhh hehehe

*teringat masa shereen duk buat kuah rojak ni dulu.. asyik duk rasa jer manjang hehe

MaDiHaA a.k.a Ratna said...

hi gert...

you make me drolling dear! accidentally hubby just bought young papaya yesterday.. berangan nak buat somtam.. maybe takkan habis sebiji... when u tayang rojak betik.. tiba2 i terliurkan rojak betik pula.. aduhhh... sgt terliur okeh! teringat2 rojak betik yg my mum buat dulu2... heheee...

lena said...

the other day i saw phong hong also made this and the gravy really sounds very special and i now know that the gravy will even taste better the next day. Thanks for sharing gert and dun forget to email me your entry ;))

ICook4Fun said...

Stephanie, oh yea we can get keropok ikan here at the Asian supermarket. They have an Indonesian section for it.

Phong Hong, I like your version too. Hope I can try that one day.

Shereen, thanks for sharing this recipe.

Fuat Gencai, thanks.

Kristy, you are welcome. You have a nice weekend too.

Fish fish, yea, so true :)

Nor, thanks for sharing the recipe with us. Yea I suka makan dengan keropok. Tak ada keropok ikan makan dengan keropok udang pun sedap jugak. Kalau dua dua tak ada I makan dengan cream crackers :)

Madihan apa kabar? Bila you nak masak ni? Looking forward to see your version :)

Lena, sorry for sending in this late. Been away for a few weeks :)

WendyinKK said...

green papaya is available there?
Still not late la, dun worry, many more days to go

ICook4Fun said...

Wendy, yes we can get green papaya here. One supermarket sell it already shredded :)

Ezen said...

My dad was from Terengganu and papaya rojak with fish crackers is one of my favorite delicacies!

Was actually looking at a photo I took of it the last time my aunt made it a few days ago. Maybe I'll blog about it soon :D

Miss B @ Everybody Eats Well in Flanders said...

This is interesting, I have never seen or tasted this before. Is this a common Malaysian dish?

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