Thursday, May 8, 2014

Pucuk Kacang Goreng Cili (Pea Shoots Stir Fried With Chilli)

Alright foodies. Today, its another sambal/chilli stir fried vegetable galore. Of course. Has to be because we Malaysians, we just so love our local vegetables stir fries. We do. We absolutely welcome a spicy vegetable dish (Chicken Sambal Sandwich). Anything for the matter. As long as its up and bold with saltiness, sourness and spiciness, or even some simple tastes, we pride into our local vegetable dishes (Kangkung/Water Spinach BelacanSweet Potato Leaves Chilli and Kerabu Kacang Botol). Always and forever, I think I have told you before, Malaysians are hard core chilli eaters. We rock and roll must have spiciness (Sambal Sotong, Gado Gado, Ikan Asam Pedas, Soup Ikan & Chilli Prawns). For me, when vegetables are a concern, I stick to our local produce. I don't believe in paying more for imported vegetables. What should I? What should I unnecessarily rocket my cooking budget? I go to our local hypermarkets and I pick veggies for a couple of dollars only.

On this day, I picked up a good bunch of Pucuk Kacang, aka Pea Shoots. Luscious and akin awaiting me. Pea Shoots can be cooked in a jiffy. In fact, aplenty garlic quick fried with pea shoots is wondrous. I on the other hand decided that I want to cook Pucuk Kacang alongside belacan/shrimp paste, chillies and ikan bilis/anchovies for packing a punch of our Malaysian tastes. Oh-so for kicking waking up your tastebuds, all your need is a plate of rice for tucking in with Pucuk Kacang Goreng Cili (Pea Shoots Stir Fried With Chilli). Sounds insanely totally joyous isn't it? I believe so (Malaysian Fried Chicken, Prawn Petai Sambal, Ikan Masak Kicap & Sambal Ikan Bilis).

3 cups pea shoots - rinse and pat dry.
2 tbsp tiny anchovies - soak for 10 mins and drain out excess water.
Lime juice -as needed
1 tsp sugar (optional)
3 tbsp oil
Salt to taste (if needed)

For the chilli paste
1 small piece belacan - roasted
5 shallots
1/2 inch ginger
4-5 dried red chillies
** pound/blend these ingredients together.

In heated oil, fry anchovies, remove and keep aside.
Add chilli paste, fry and stir till aromatic and oil splits.
Put in shoots, sugar, lime juice and salt.
Increase the heat and fry till a texture you prefer.
Add fried anchovies, stir again and remove from heat.
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  1. This dish looks super healthy, but I still dont get , what are these pea shoots
    Keep in touch

  2. I wish i can get all this ingredients here so i can make this awesome dishes.

  3. Wow...very colorful and healthy stir fry dish...pass it here :)

  4. Hi Nava, this is interesting. I have yet to try pucuk kacang with cili and belacan. Just the look of it, I know that I must give this a try. I usually stir fry this with baby anchovies or shredded dried scallop. Just our usual Chinese stir fry. However, your version definitely add that extra oomph to this dish; cili + belacan = yummy!

  5. is this what we chinese call dou miao?

  6. Hi Nava, wow.... love this. It's look so inviting. I think I can eat the whole plate. :))
    Excellent photography skill.

    Best regards.

  7. Wow...that looks SO good! I haven't had pea shoots in this form..they usually end up in a bhaji.;) Beautiful presentation!

  8. seems to be healthy & with the addition of anchovies, tastes yum yum...

  9. I always gawk at your pictures! So colorful and vibrant! Lovely dish!

  10. Ingredients are quite new to me. quite Interesting to know...Thanks to google
    the dish is inviting and neatly presented.

  11. I have not tried pea shoots, nice clicks.

  12. the pics navneet..Looks yum yum..
    my recent one :

  13. Pea shoots are more colorful than bean sprouts .I saw bean sprouts not pea shoots .Looks so yummy ..

  14. I love pea shoots, but never had it this way...looks delicious and so it!
    Thanks for the recipe Nava...hope you are having a great week :D

  15. Looks so amazing!! I have seen a pea shoot stir fry for the first time!! Sure looks tasty..

  16. I never heard pea shoots,such a beautiful green color, but I do like beans sprout, anything with sambal belacan it taste really good :)

  17. This pea shoots stirfry looks absolutely yum. Love the appetizing and colourful photos.

  18. Looks tempting bt im still dont knw, what are these pea shoots...

  19. a great recipe bt the pea shoots may not be available here nt sure abt it.. lovely clicks :)

  20. I have never had pea shoots - now I feel I must find them - this dish looks sosocolorful - so delicious!

  21. Wow...looks too tasty...thx for the recipe Nava...:-)


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