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
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.