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Prawn Sambal With Petai

This is a spicy sambal dish that goes very well with some steamed rice. I cooked the sambal with some Petai or also known as Stink Bean, Bitter Bean and Sataw. I know the fact that many people disliked the petai bean. The taste I would describe, kind of peculiar to others but I like them. In fact my kids liked them too!

Prawn Sambal With Petai


150 g Peeled Petai
300 g Prawns, shelled and tail intact
1/2 Medium Red Onion, sliced
4 Tbsp Peanut Oil
1 Tbsp Sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp Lime Juice
2 Tbsp Water
Sea Salt to taste

Sambal Paste
20 Dried Chilies, soaked and drained
4 Shallots, roughly chopped
2 cloves Garlic, chopped
2 Candlenuts
1 1/2 tsp Roasted Shrimp Paste (Belacan)

Blend all the sambal ingredients until fine. Heat the oil, add the sambal paste and cook in a low heat until fragrant and set aside. Remove some of the oil from the pan.

Then turn the heat on high and add in the prawns and have a quick stir. Mix in the sambal paste and onion and stir briefly until the prawns begin to cook.

Add the petai, have another quick stir and add in the sugar, lime juiced, water and some sea salt to taste. Serve immediately.


  1. Spicy Sataw recipe with hot steamed rice ....hou...always interesting and delicious...;)

  2. Hey Tan.wiratchada, I'm glad you like Sataw too and thanks for your comment :)

  3. Hi Angie,

    I'm a visiting your site for the first time! Got to know from Ben who sent us your Deep Fried Red Bean Curd Chicken recipe :) Wow! There's lots of mouth watering food, especially the petai. I have eaten petai here, brought to my house by a friend who got it from another friend in Richmond but we don't know where to buy it. May I know where you bought yours? I miss petai so much! (stomach growling)...

    Wai Bing

  4. Hey Wai Bing, it's great to hear from you. I got my petai from Chinatown. The shop is Wong Xin market and located at 747 Gore Ave. Hope to see you soon:)

  5. Thanks, Angie, for the info. I will definitely check Wong Xin out the next time I'm in Chinatown. Hope to see you at the next gathering!

    Wai Bing


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