Parkia speciosa

I dont really know what to call this beans in English and do a search. Came out the scientific name above on the title. It was like huh ? chuckle

Anyway, this beans called PETAI in Malaysia, is really an acquired taste. Reason - it STINKS..........yet delish if cooked right. Certain people will take this raw with their version of sambal belacan. I like them raw too but since most of the family members likes them better when cooked, I sort of just do that. Duh !

The ingredients needed for Sambal Petai

Onion - slice ( preferably Red Onion )
Garlic - Chopped
Dried Shrimp - soaked to remove excess salt and pound.
Meat - I uses chicken this time. Just add a little corn starch so it be slightly tender after sauteed.
Petai - halves
Chilli Padi - chopped
Dried Chilli - soaked and grind

More picture of petai here

Sounds spicy, eh ?

In a pan / wok, heat up oil, sauteed the pounded dried shrimp till fragrant. Add the onion and continue till the onion is transluscent. Dump in the garlic and chilli. Next is the meat. Once meat is done, throw in the halves Petai and mixed well for about 10 - 20 seconds. Voila ! All done and let's CHOW !

Soaked Dried Shrimp

The bottom left is chopped lesser galangal. The rest is for the petai

Hot spicy chilli

the Stinky yet delish beans

The finished product.

Till then

Cheers !


KY said...

Ooo petai is my fav!

Tummythoz said...

Eeeww petai. But then again, I luv to pick out the prawns which are cooked with sambal petai. :p

Wuching said...

i've never seen that before!

fooDcrazEE said...

hehehehe! Ky we know....lolz

wuching - try them its good for the blood and kidney.

tummy - eeww it is...acquired taste remember - lolz

J said...

hi, i love petai too! but it's definitely an acquired taste ;)

Peony said...

my grandmother, toast the petai over charcoal till the skin is black, peel then dip in salt to eat.
we love petai fried with prawns & sambal. First time here learn can fried with chk.
since married n stay in S'pore, hasn't eaten petai, that's abt over 30 yrs...

babe_kl said...

sedaps!!!! been some time since i last have some petai hahaha you either hate it or love it

The Phosgene Kid said...

Looks good as usual. Made some beans this weekend myself...

fooDcrazEE said...

phosgene - this is real stinky stuff. Try them in Malaysian cuisine restaurant..

babe, peoby, j - get some

Audrey Cooks said...

OOOO this is absolutely to die for! It's also known as 'twisted cluster beans'. From the photo shot, the petai looks so fresh and enticing. Ur craving or your wife's? :D

fooDcrazEE said...

audrey - wife's....chuckle...

boo_licious said...

yummy! I love petai by my bf hates them - sometimes I think he's not Msian and his mother picked up the wrong baby in the hospital.

rokh said...

it is a taste that i acqured much later later in life, but not too late i might say. now i adores it. yummm. get to eat a lot of it during my birthday weekend, haha. thanks for the recipe, its a keeper until i have the urge again

Eggy said...

I can't say I'm a big fan of petai, but my father loves it so i've learned to mix it into my prawn sambal. I have to say though, yours does sound yum!

Precious Moments said...

Petai is certainly an acquired taste. Recently my neighbour sent over a dish of prawns and petai. It tasted wonderfully. I heard that petai has medical properties too. Is it right?

mg said...

Looks great! Is that a new camera? So clear :)

Why is it that it seems most stinky food always taste great. Of course this doesn't always apply! lol.

fooDcrazEE said...

boo - loads of malaysian dont like durian too

rachel - do try. i adapted them from a friend of mine.

eggy - thanx for the compliment. cant challenge ur culinary skill yet

jp - all food have medicinal value and for petai, its supposely good for cleaning blood and kidneys.....phew ! the smell...chuckle

mg - yeah ! the new camera. wonderful aint it...still gotta learn photo technique from to give some tips ?

slurp! said...

most botanical names are in latin actually. yes, petai & belachan yum yum ... i still can't stomach fresh ones :P

The Phosgene Kid said...

We call beans "Whistle Berries" because of the effect they have on the digestive system after being consumed.

Beans, Beans
The Musical Fruit
The more you eat
The more you toot
The more you toot
The better you feel
So have some beans
With every meal

eatzycath said...

omigosh, it's been a long while since I last had them - hubby can't stand the taste nor the 'after effects' - need to find some accomplices to share this delish dish!

Primrose said...

I love petai with sambal prawns but can only eat on Fridays when I don't work weekends. If not, everyone in office pengsan! Haha!

fooDcrazEE said...

slurp - take a fresh one and dipped into sambal...chun

phosgene - nice and lolz

cath - come over and we eat together

primrose - thats usual aint it, lolz

toniXe said...

if u r in Klang, try d Baby Seafood rest. along the shapadu highway towards northport, in batu belah area and try their signature charcoal assam steam fish and

yr favourite petai prawns, it will astound u !