The other door to a Malay style coconut stew (Masak Lemak Ikan Masin Nenas & Sardin Masak Lemak Cili Padi). In fact, a close cousin to our Indian Sodhi. The main vegetable key to this version of masak lemak? Pretty much tapioca leaf/pucuk ubi which trust me, can be effortlessly grown. Just plant the roots after cooking and within time, you have it all. The rest of the ingredients? How far further can we get when its a Malay coconut stew? The, more or less within the context of our pantry friendly ingredients and maybe you need to buy them. Pucuk Ubi Masak Lemak (Tapioca leaf In Coconut Gravy). Malay style truly a sensational delight.
1 bunch of tapioca/pucuk ubi leaves - pluck the leaves and discard the stems
1/2 cup thick coconut milk
2 tbsp of oil
Salt to taste
For the paste (coarsely pounded/blended)
6 fresh red chillies
1 inch fresh turmeric/kunyit
2 tbps dried prawns - soak and rinse
1/2 inch roasted belacan/shrimp paste
Fry the paste till aromatic.
Pour enough water for gravy.
Simmer and add the leaves.
Cook to soften
Season with salt.
Pour coconut milk, stir and simmer just to heat through.
Off the heat.