Sambal Petai – A wonderful creation but why the notorious reputation?
Back in Ipoh!!!
At times the craving can be so strong … I’d do whatever to get it fixed.
In this case, I was literally dreaming of petai. Yup, those repulsively stinky beans from hanging pods; best cooked in a spicy sambal belacan paste, paired with plump/succulent prawns and usually requiring copious amount of mouthwash to rid the after-effect.
The realization that I have not been having my regular fix of petai hit me on one of the evenings in KL. The sight of a mouthwatering pile of crunchy green beans cooked in a stark red chili paste infused with an equally pungent shrimp paste (belacan) was inviting, to say the least.
So strong was the craving that the first thing that struck my mind upon arriving in Ipoh this morning …. was petai.