Monday, 21 November 2016

Kacang Pool (Spicy Fava Beans)


When I saw this recipe on Kak Noor's post, I was reminded that Kacang Pool was featured on the Malaysian Food Fest Johor blog event back in 2013. I meant to give the recipe a go but somehow I forgot all about it.

I even forgot what is kacang pool and Kak Noor kindly shared that kacang pool is what we know as kacang parang or fava beans in English. You can get this bean in a can.

Let me show you.


I got this can of beans from Aeon.


I have never noticed it before and I was glad I found it.


These beans are cooked with minced beef and seasoned with curry powder, cumin and fennel. Apparently, there are many versions of this recipe.


I found this kacang pool to be extremely delicious! To serve, garnish with chopped coriander leaves, onions, green chili and diced tomatoes and top with fried sunny side up eggs. 


And oh, make some toast and you are good to go. My toaster has since gone to heaven which is why I am deprived of warm toast. Bah!

Kacang pool is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I love it a lot and I made mine extra spicy for a good kick. This recipe is a keeper.


Kacang Pool 
Recipe source : Adapted from Bicara Kak Noor and Just as Delish

Ingredients :

- 1 can Kacang Parang (Fava Beans), rinsed and drained
- 350g minced beef
- 1 Bombay onion, diced
- 1 heaped tsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 packet meat curry powder (25g)
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp fennel powder
- salt to taste
- 1 cup water

Pounded ingredients (pound or blend to a paste) :
- 4 dried chilies, soaked to soften (use less or omit if you don't want it hot)
- 6 shallots
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 inch ginger

Garnishing :
- fried eggs
- diced red onions
- green chilies
- chopped coriander leaves

Method :
1. Heat oil in pan and saute pounded ingredients until fragrant.
2. Add curry powder, fennel and cumin powder. Stir to mix briefly.
3. Add minced beef and tomato paste and stir until beef changes color.
4. Add water and simmer until beef is cooked.
5. Add diced onions and let simmer until onion is soft.
6. Add fava beans, stir to mix and season with salt and black pepper.
7. To serve, garnish as desired.

42 comments:

  1. I too have not noticed this bean before in a can....why they call it foul...? (how to sell-lah like that)....kekeke! :D I've only seen (and eaten) the fried ones (with or without shells) sold by kacang putih sellers. They're known as broad beans also.

    Since your toaster has gone to heaven, will you be getting a replacement? I would recommend that you pay a little bit more and buy a toaster oven (which can do lots more stuff). I once bought a toaster (which I gave away) coz I realised it was pretty useless besides just toasting bread.

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    1. As I understand it, foul is the Egyptian name which in English means something not so nice hah..hah.. I like the fried salted ones and used to eat a lot of it.

      I don't think I will get a toaster and as for the toaster oven, I don't have space for it :(

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  2. Has been quite sometimes since i eat kacang pool...

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  3. I can imagine this dish to be so delicious as it contains all the ingredients that I like.

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    1. Yes, it is very, very delicious. You will like it.

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  4. I read from your comments on another blog that you do not drive so may I ask how do you commute to work daily? your partner send you and pick you up everytime?

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  5. I've never heard of kacang pool before but this looks definitely very delicious :D

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    1. It is a common dish in Johor and if you happen to cross over to Johor, you can try to look for it :)

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  6. This is interesting. I had to google more images of this Kacang Parang as I could not see clearly. I am surprised that I have been eating this fried version sold by the Indian Muruku Seller. Now I am keen to try this Kacang Pool.

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    1. You must try it because it is very delicious!

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  7. Never seen this Foul before but looks nice and appetizing....

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    1. It's delicious. Next time you go to JB, look out for it.

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  8. i love kacang phool - i didn't know there's a kimball canned version! it's the perfect sort of comfort food, ya, all creamy and flavoursome ... and your addition of the eggs makes it doubly irresistible :D

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    1. I'm in love with it and I am glad we can get the canned ones quite easily here. This is one dish that I won't get tired of.

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  9. belum pernah tengok yg dalam Tin tu PH... menarik, boleh cuba nti... hehe

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  10. Kacang parang = kacang pool, rupanya benda yang sama..SB baru tahu..hihii

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    1. Saya pun tak tahu sebelum ni. Sedap sangat.

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  11. Never try this kacang before. Hmm.

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    1. It's delicious. You might be able to get the beans from the supermarket.

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  12. Healthy breakfast.

    This is comfort food in North Africa but is made from beans, tomato, spices and some may add an egg.

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    1. It's one of the most delicious dishes I have tasted so far.

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  13. Me no like these beans. I think this recipe will be better with just the minced meat without the beans hahaha!

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    1. hah..hah... Can also lah just cook the beef. But eh, you don't eat beef pulak.

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  14. I ate once. I didn't even know that you can get it in a can! Next time, when I go 'hunting' @ Aeon, I'll look for this kacang pool ^_^

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    1. I think you can get easily from Aeon. I never looked before this. Now I want to stock up more!

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  15. Dunno what that is but looks good. Gotta look for it now.

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  16. Phong Hong, you got me interested in this canned beans. This is new to me. I have only eaten the fried version kacang putih. I will be on the lookout on my next trip to the supermart.

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    1. Nancy, this is a very delicious dish and not difficult to cook. If you take beef, you will love this a lot.

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  17. Wow, the name sure catches attention! Interesting find, dear! xoxo

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    1. Shirley, if I am not wrong you can get this dish in Singapore too.

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  18. Hi Phong Hong
    kacang phool ni memang favourite my family..Spore & JB food yang tak asing lagi..
    kalau masuk JB mesti cari ni buat stok up...bertin tin beli..
    I kalau buat suka berkuah sikit..tumis dengan ghee oil sikit..sikit aje..

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    1. Hi Ayu! Baru perasan PH punya kering kontang LOL! Next time nak buat berkuah sikit even though I don't mind it dry like this.

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  19. Kacang Pool is a new term to me, I think I have never tried it before

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    1. Next time when you go JB, look for it. But if you don't take beef, then you can't eat.

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  20. You know PH, i also bought this type of Kacang Pool when i read Kak Noor recipe last time. But sadly to tell u, until now the tin still in the cabinet hoho.... and more sadly it was meet expired date.....adoyaiiii

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    1. Adoi, macam PH jugak lah si Hainom ni. Beli bahan-bahan kemudian perap dalam laci. I have thrown away many many ingredients. Gara gara tengok resipi orang lain, sibuklah beli ini beli itu. Last last tak buat. Next thing I know, expired. Membazir kan?

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  21. have this in putrajaya, their new outlet (originally from muar, cant remember the exact name). what can i say, is very delicious but not enuf for me. hahah

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    1. Hi Raihanah! So far I have not seen this dish kat kedai. Putrajaya too far for me. Anyway, kalau not enough, nampak gaya kena order banyak sikit lah hee...hee...

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