Snacks: East Meets West
Ever felt like having something sweet and chocolatey during the day and in the evening, you’re suddenly thinking about having something spicy?
That’s the wonder of being a Malaysian! We’re surrounded by an array of flavours from the east to the west and it is no surprise nor is it anything unusual if you’re enjoying western flavours for a meal and eastern flavours for the next.
Cookbook author, Annie Xavier from Annie Xavier’s Kitchen, shares two snack recipes that are perfect for every Malaysian taste bud.
“My favorite Asian salad has got to be this acar. Sweet and tangy combined with a nice aroma from the toasted peanuts and sesame seeds. If you are not on low carb diet, just use sugar to replace lakanto.” – Annie Xavier
|250gm||Cucumber (seeds removed and cut into 5cm length strips)|
|150gm||Carrot (skin peeled and cut into 5cm length)|
|150gm||Long beans (cut into 5cm length)|
|150gm||Cabbage (cut into chunks)|
|70gm||Lakanto (monk fruit sweetener, or less depending on own taste)|
|10gm||Turmeric (skin peeled)|
|5gm||Fermented shrimp paste (belacan)|
|10||Shallots (skin peeled)|
|5||Red chilies (seeds removed and cut small)|
|5||Dried chilies (seeds removed)|
|2||Cloves garlic (skin peeled)|
|2 tbsp||Tamarind paste|
|120gm||Toasted peanuts (pulsed into a coarse texture in a food processor)|
|20gm||Toasted sesame seeds|
- Place cucumber and carrot into a large mixing bowl. Add in salt and toss well. Set aside for 20 minutes. Rinse away salt under running water. Wipe off excess moisture with kitchen towel. Set aside.
- Blanch the long beans, cauliflower and cabbage. Fill up a pot with water and bring it to a boil on high heat. Add in long beans, cauliflower and cabbage to blanch briefly. Drain out the vegetables. Wipe off excess moisture with kitchen towel and set aside.
- Prepare the sauce. Place turmeric, belacan, shallots, red chilies, dried chilies and garlic into a blender and blend until fine. Heat up cooking oil in a pan on medium heat. Add in blended ingredients and sauté until fragrant. Add in water, lakanto and tamarind paste and bring everything to a boil, then let sauce simmer on medium low heat for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Place all the vegetables into a large mixing bowl. Pour in the sauce, add in the condiments and toss everything together until well combined.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate overnight before serving.
CHOCOLATE BANANA CHIA SEED PUDDING
|2 tbsp||Pure organic coconut sugar|
|1 tbsp||Cocoa powder (sifted)|
|Toasted peanuts (rough chopped)|
- Place water, coconut milk, chia seed, coconut sugar, cocoa powder and salt into a mixing bowl and
whisk everything together until well combined.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours or longer.
- To serve, place bloomed chia seed into a glass, add in sliced bananas, chocolate chips and toasted peanuts.