Rojak (Salad)

Ingredients:

1 tbsp chilli paste
1 tbsp of tamarind paste
1 tbsp belacan (dried shrimp paste)
1 tbsp Oyster sauce
3 tbsp Palm Sugar
2-3 tsp sugar
½ cup of water
1 peeled cucumber cut into wedges.
2 cups of green apples diced.
2 cups fresh diced pineapple.
1 cup guava (Good luck but ideal!)
1 cup diced sl green mango
1 cup diced jicama
1 cup acerola, or pears or naxi.
1 tbsp roasted sesame seeds.
4 tbsp roasted peanuts crushed coarsely.
3-4 Thai bird's eye chillies….. for Rizan!


Method:

Thick tamarind paste:
2-3 tsp of commercial tamarind pulp with 3-4 tbsp hot water. Soak and mix thoroughly with fingers to separate out components. Strain and discard the seeds. Retain the solid content, discard the fluids.
Toast the dried shrimp in a hot pan for 1 – 2 mins.
In a saucepan add the tamarind paste, chillie paste, belacan, oyster sauce, sugar, water and mix thoroughly. Heat over low heat until sugar dissolves and the sauce thickens a little.
Set aside to cool completely.
Mix all the fruits in a bowl. Add the cooled sauce, sugar, crushed peanuts, sesame seeds, chillies. Toss the salad. Can be chilled or served room temp.
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