Thursday, October 29, 2015

Jiu Hu Char (Stir Fried Jicama)

The central ingredient for Jiu Hu Char? Jicama, aka, yam beans and in our local Malay language, sengkuang. Thus? Obviously? The birth of Jiu Hu Char which is by far one of the looked forward to dish during or while tucking into a Nyonya meal. Yep. Me and my Nyonya cooking (Ikan Buah Keluak, Nasi Kerabu, Kerabu Taugeh, Nyonya Mee Siam & Nyonya Hot Sour Noodles in Fish Soup)? Usually, as far as I know, the other key ingredient for Jiu Hu Char is cuttlefish. But I decided to do it my way with dried shrimps. Furthermore, I gave Jiu Hu Char a twist by adding button mushrooms. Why can't we? After all, like I always say, its our cooking and its the comfort of the ingredients we want instead of replicating recipes blindly? Sure. Of course (Nyonya Lam Mee & Nyonya Curry Laksa). The pairing for this delightful Nyonya style to Jicama or yam beans? Trust me, you need our power lashing Sambal Belacan or Sambal Terasi. Just so sensational for immediately waking up your palates (Kangkung Belacan). 
1 small sengkuang/yam bean - remove skin and slice as thin as possible
1/2 carrot - remove skin and slice as thin as possible
5 garlic - chopped
2 to 3 tbsp dried shrimps - soak and rinse
1/2 handful button mushrooms - cut into two or slice
2 sprigs spring onion - slice
1 anchovy cube (optional)
1/4 cup oil
Salt for taste
Heat oil.
Fry prawns till crispy, remove and keep aside.
In the same oil, fry garlic to brown.
Add bean, carrot and mushroom.
Stir, pour enough water to soften, add cube and season with salt.
Simmer and once veg has soften, add fried prawns and spring onion.
Stir in and dish out.



  1. That dish looks a winner! I also love the bowls with the blue borders. So pretty! The chopsticks too!
    Have a lovely time with family tomorrow!

  2. Your words will give more confidence to budding bloggers including myself... And the dish sounds tasty...

  3. something different that I have never tried...looks good

  4. such a flavorful and tempting looking dish....tempting clicks dear

  5. That sounds simple and delicious! I like that you've added mushrooms to the dish!

  6. I totally love some of your unique recipes...I just have to make some time and definitely give it a try...Loving it:)

  7. This looks so yummy with all healthy veggies...

  8. Really tempting, delicious and easy recipe...... :)

  9. Oh wow, it's goodness overloaded, dear! xoxo

  10. I love dried shrimp and use it a lot to make veggie stirfry. This looks so very appetizing and healthy too.

  11. wow I have never eaten such a dish before. It sure looks good

  12. Hi Nava, this is one of my favorite dish. Yours look very appetizing. I also cook this today, love to wrap in lettuce to enjoy.

    Have a nice day, regards.

  13. I wish i stayed close to u so that I cud eat the food u cook.. our food is pretty boring stuff everyday.. loved the recipe

  14. WOW! Your recipes are so innovative and delicious. Looks very colorful and tempting!


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