Monday, 2 June 2008

Malaysian Spicy Pickles Salad ---- Acar

Acar, a famous malaysian salad/ pickles which you can buy it at anywhere or you can make it at home too. It is very appetizing and mostly served cold. It is very appetizing and quiet healthy snack too. I have been waiting to make my own acar since I live in Netherlands and craving for it. Finally I make it and I get lots of compliments.... ahhahhah.... I did adjust the amount of chilies cause my children can't eat spicy food.

Source: Amy Beh


400g cucumber,
1 tbsp salt
200g cauliflower
200g cabbage
1 tsp salt
200g carrot
100g long beans
4–5 tbsp oil

Vinegar mixture for scalding the vegetables:
300ml vinegar
500ml water
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp salt

Ground spices (combined):
8 shallots
4 cloves garlic
2cm piece fresh turmeric root
2cm piece galangal
3 candlenuts
20–25 dried chillies (depending on how spicy you want it)
2 stalks lemon grass
1 tsp belacan granules
1 tbsp coriander powder
10–15 tbsp roasted pounded peanuts or pounded peanut candy (kong t’ng)
3 tbsp sesame seeds

Seasoning (A):
5–6 tbsp sugar
1½ tbsp vinegar


1. Cut all the vegetables into lengths as desired, rub seperately with some salt and leave aside.
2. Bring water, salt, sugar and vinegar into boil, blanch the vegetables seperately and drain.
3. Heat wok, add some oil and fry with grounded spices till fragnant and add in seasoning (A). Bring to boil and let cool. Mix in the vegetables and let it pickles foe 1-2 days, served with some sesame seed or crunched peanuts.

1. Please adjust the amount of seasoning .

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