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Sambal Petai with Sotong (Spicy Sator Bean with Squid)

This is my first time cooking Sambal Petai with Squid..The petai is not really strong pungent smell,maybe it was overpower by the spicy sambal and sotong!!..
I used my ready home made sambal to cook this petai.You can find my sambal recipe HERE You can also use Delimas Stir Fry sauce if you happen to find one in your local asian market if not you can get from mytasteofasia online store..

This is the frozen petai or Sator bean which I bought from Asian market..Net weight about 229 gm for $2.95.Not bad... right?.
I used 3 tsp of my homemade sambal with 2 tsp oil in wok or skillet over high heat ..Since my sambal is precooked,I add about 4-5 whole medium clean squid cut and clean,one large onion quarted ,1 tsp salt, 2 tbsp sugar,1 tsp tamarind powder and chicken powder stock.Stir fry for another 2-3 minutes before adding in petai..If you wanna you petai crunchy and green not soggy,don't cook too long.Maybe another 3 minutes.Then serve with steam white rice.
This is the finish product for a packet petai..I guess the oil from my sambal is fussing out after cooking.I didn't add any water,the liquid is from the squid itself..
Hubby ask me what is that ,pointing at the while I'm taking photo on the floor..yes on my kitchen floor..At last I know how to adjust the mode and light in my new Canon camera!!.Viola!!. this petai pix look better than other food pix.I told hubby "that is "nut"..dunno why I told him it's nut and later I told him correction it's "bean" NOT "nut" but didn't said it's stinky bean!!..He didn't complaint about petai stinky smell because I cooked him a big platter of paella!!.



Anonymous said...
January 9, 2008 at 10:29 PM

this is so beautiful..... a great after smell! lol!

Anonymous said...
January 10, 2008 at 1:41 AM

He is lucky to have you cook another dish for him! :P

Anonymous said...
January 10, 2008 at 2:21 AM

THis is sumthing new. Am so used to cooking petai wif anchovies/prawns. Mite try this soon. Thanks for sharing :)

Anonymous said...
January 10, 2008 at 2:24 AM

Petai...delicious but when you shee-shee, the petai smell still there!ke! I love to have Chinese sausages on stand-by (in the fridge). Can do so many things with it...lor mai kai, claypot chicken rice, etc.

Anonymous said...
January 10, 2008 at 6:47 AM

I can smell this dish all the way here.So delicious. Actually the petai here is not as smelly as the one from back home. Make sure you don't kiss Elliot after you eat it LOL. By the way, the next time you cook this you might want to open up the bean and check if there is little worm inside especially in the bigger beans.

Anonymous said...
January 10, 2008 at 6:45 PM

Salivating already, looks so delicious! Need to open my eyes wide next time I shop at Asian market. ;)

Anonymous said...
January 10, 2008 at 8:35 PM

Great smell after makaning??lol!!..

Everyday I have to cook 2 different western and one asian but he didn't ban me from cooking punget and stinky food now days!!..I think he use to it lioa!.hahaha!!

Thanks for dropping by:)
Just cook with everything we like but I think seafood is still a better choice.

Yes,when I "shee shee" I smell already,lucky we don't have that type of bathroom like out kampung type here..Just flush and spray more air freshner!!"kau tiam"!!

Icook4fun: you tell me about the little worm...i wanna to puke liao!!..I thought the petai in vacumm pack must be clean and safe...Now you make me wonder again...*sob sob*.

I think these days every asian mart do carry petai.Mostly in frozen section.Don't buy the one in vinegered,it's taste different and not really crunchy.

Anonymous said...
January 10, 2008 at 8:44 PM

Beachlover, sorry that I forgot to tell you. The petai is clean but the little worm is from inside the petai near the tips (top part)The last one I cooked I found only a few so is not so bad.

Anonymous said...
January 14, 2008 at 4:28 AM

I love sambal sotong. Yummy :)

Anonymous said...
December 1, 2008 at 12:24 AM

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Hi!! My name is Lesley and I'm a simple SAHM(stay at home mom) who currantly live in Long Island,New York with my daughter Mishu and hubby Eliot .I'm Malaysian who live in US and A for many many moon and I'm also a person who love to eat, cook and bake. If you have any suggestions ,questions or comments please feel free to email me at beachlover1917(at)yahoo(dot)com. To know more about my life or my kitchen you can always hop over to my other 2 blog.