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Winged Bean Salad

This is another salad that I like to make. To be honest, I simply loves greens. Almost all kinds, either raw or cooked. Winged Bean or better known as Kacang Botol or Four Angled bean in Malaysia, are full of vitamins, calcium and iron. I have not try any other ways cooking them, except for this salad and stir frying with sambal belachan.

Winged Bean Salad


350g Winged Beans, cut into smaller sizes
2 medium Shallots, thinly sliced
5 Tbsp Desiccated Coconut
5 Tbsp Roasted Peanuts, coarsely chopped
1 Tbsp Deep Fried Shallots
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Red Chillies, thinly sliced
1 1/2 tsp Fish Sauce
1 Tbsp Palm Sugar, chopped
1 Lime, juiced
10 Thai Basil Leaves, finely chopped
Sea Salt to taste


Dry fry the desiccated coconut until golden brown in color. Set aside.

Blanch the winged beans for a minute. Plunge them in icy cold water for about 10 minutes and drain well.

Combine the winged beans, deep fried shallots, desiccated coconut, roasted peanuts, olive oil, red chillies, fish sauce, palm sugar, lime juice, Thai basil and sea salt to taste.
Serve immediately.


  1. wow never heard of these before! Are they actually beans? Or some sort of melon or cucurbit?

  2. @JacquelineC: Yes, they are beans with a weird shape! I don't think they are the same like melons or cucurbits. They strive best in tropical climate and the plant does look and grow like a garden pole bean.

  3. try stir frying them with a little butter, bird's eye chillies and a dash of evaporated milk....and a pinch of salt if you must. Also works with ladies fingers except you can't fry them too long or they go all gooey and sticky and oh, so not appetizing!


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