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Sayur Lodeh

Sayur Lodeh

[ Coconut Vegetable Stew ]


  • 2 cups cabbage, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cups  French or green beans, cut diagonally into 1 inch lengths
  • 1 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup carrots, cut into chunky sticks
  • 1 cup turnips, cut into chunky sticks
  • 4 soybean cakes, cut into 1 inch squares
  • 1-2 tbsp or to taste, chili powder
  • 1 cups coconut milk
  • 2 cups water
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 2 bay leaves [optional]
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh cilantro for garnish
  • 2 tbsp or to taste, chili paste
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, thinly sliced
  • 2 med onions
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, sliced
  • 2 tsp belacan, also spelt belachan or blacan [dried shrimp paste]
  • 20 dried shrimp or dried anchovies, soaked in boiling hot water to soften
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds

     [Items to be ground or blended in red]


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Don't Forget The Belacan!!


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       To Prepare :

  • Using a mortar & pestle or blender, grind softened dried shrimp or anchovies, chili paste, lemongrass, onions, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cumin and belacan into a paste
  • Add chili powder and mix into the paste
  • In a stockpot, heat vegetable oil, add ground paste, stir-fry until quite toasted and oil starts to ooze from paste - do not burn!
  • Combine 2 cups or more, water with 1 cups of coconut milk [for thin coconut milk], add to pot
  • Add bay leaves, fresh sliced chilies [optional]
  • Bring to a slow boil, add all the vegetables
  • Simmer gently till  vegetables are tender, but not overcooked or mushy
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro, serve as a starter soup, or as a main course with steamed rice or Lontong, a traditional Malay rice roll

Cook's Note : Lontong is also known as Nasi Impit [also spelt Nasi Himpit]. In certain places, Lontong is a dish - the rice roll is cut up into bite-sized pieces and served in a coconut vegetable stew similar to Sayur Lodeh, and topped with sambal and toasted coconut [kerisik]. However, Lontong is often referred to as the plain Rice Roll itself.

 Dried shrimp or dried anchovies [ikan bilis] can be substituted with small/med sized fresh shrimp[1 lb. or more]. Peel shrimps, save the shells & boil in 2 cups of water for 15 mins; drain & discard shells. Use this shrimp stock, instead of water, to add to the coconut milk. Devein shrimp, if you wish. Add the shrimp towards the end of the cooking when the veggies are almost done.

 Variation : Other suitable vegetables for this recipe : Zucchini, Peas, Butternut squash, Eggplant, Mushrooms, Snow peas, Potatoes Broccoli and Broccolini. What is Broccolini? Broccolini, or it's highbrow name "Asparation," is a cross between Broccoli and Chinese Kale [Kai Lan or Gai Lan]. Also marketed as "Baby Broccoli", this hybrid vegetable is tender, sweet, slightly peppery and completely edible, from slim stems to broccoli-like head of flowering buds.

Cooked Cellophane or Glass noodles [Mung Bean noodles] can be added for a substantial & satisfying vegetarian dish!





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