The other day, I looked at my garden in hopeless resignation. It was one big mess.
Weeds were growing everywhere. Some of my plants needed trimming and I really have to rearrange some of the empty pots (meaning pots containing dead plants).
While inspecting my sorry excuse of a garden, something caught my eye.
Ah! A bunga kantan (torch ginger flower). Isn't it pretty? That means only one thing. I must make kerabu because I love adding bunga kantan to kerabu.
This kerabu was bookmarked for quite some time. It was just a matter of buying unripe mango and getting to work making one of my favorite salads.
Is kerabu easy to make? Yes and no. Yes, because the ingredients are easily available and the method is not complicated. No, because there is a whole lot of work peeling, slicing, grating and pounding. And in this case, some frying. So if lazy is your middle name, forget it hah..hah...
I made this on a public holiday when I had 100 things going on at home. I cleared the garden, I did some food prep for the week, I fried some fish, I did this, I did that and to cut the long story short, I had to give up doing my hair. Hah!
I always do that to myself. Self-inflicted torture. I overachieve and end up wasting my day off. But well, after all that hassle, I get to eat good food. And that is always the best reward.
Kerabu Mangga Ikan Bilis
Recipe source : Adapted from 20 Resipi Kerabu Sheila Rusly (page 36)
For the salad :
- 2 unripe mangoes, shredded
- 1 big onion, thinly sliced
- 1 red chili, thinly sliced
- 6 cherry tomatoes, sliced
- 1 bunga kantan, thinly sliced
- A generous handful of ikan bilis, fried till crispy
For the dressing :
- 6 shallots
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3 red chilies
- 1 teaspoon belacan
- juice of 1 lime or more to taste
- salt and sugar to taste
1. To make the dressing, pound shallots, garlic, chilies and belacan into a paste.
2. Add lime juice, sugar and salt to the paste, mix and taste. Adjust seasoning if necessary.
3. Put all the salad ingredients into a mixing bowl and add dressing. Toss to mix. Taste and adjust seasoning.
4. Serve immediately.
Yes, the torch ginger flower is indeed very pretty...ReplyDelete
It is so pretty that I felt so sayang to harvest it...Delete
Oh my goodness, you grow bunga kantan in your garden? That is fantastic! You know I have to resort to frozen bunga kantan imported from Thailand. Well, better than nothing I guess. I sure love your mango kerabu cos I love anything with bunga kantan! Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Oh yes, but it hardly flowers. I planted it hoping that I can get a steady supply of bunga kantan because sometimes it is not available at the supermarket.Delete
Lazy may be my middle name sometimes but I see this recipe does not involve any cooking...so yeah! ;) I can make ikan bilis to crispy perfection in my microwave oven, so no messy frying or washing of pan involved...hehe! ;DReplyDelete
Well, that's great and you can go ahead and make this kerabu :)Delete
With bunga kantan this mango kerabu would be extra fragrant. So tasty, can eat many bowls of rice.ReplyDelete
Yes, very fragrant. That's why I love bunga kantan.Delete
Yummy Mango SaladReplyDelete
Menu ni memang jarang sangat berlaku di dapur i, PH.... Macam tak tau, kan i lebih suka menu yg cepat siap haha....ReplyDelete
Tapi suka je makan, kalau ada depan mata. Kerabuh kerang dengan togey, kerabu perut lembu. Aduhhhh PH....mana nak cari ni?
hah..hah.. memang leceh lah nak buat kerabu. Tapi tak pe lah, Hainom boleh makan kat restoran.Delete
Wow, you had an amazing day!! And I love your sense of humour... Anyway, you had a great reward - this food looks so beautiful that I will give it a try, soon - love all these ingredients.ReplyDelete
Thank you, dear :)Delete
This Mango Kerabu is my favourite Thai appetizer. I didn't know that we had to add Bunga Kantan inside! No wonder the taste is always good with power!ReplyDelete
Bunga kantan is optional but I added because I love the aroma.Delete
delicious super tempting food olweys the best reward eveh la..ReplyDelete
Yes, Husna. For me, food is always the best reward hah..hah..Delete
Oooooo...I love this! Drooling plus plus!!!ReplyDelete
Mango kerabu is always irresistible :)Delete
Wow! You have bunga kantan in your garden?? Nice!!ReplyDelete
Yes, but it flowers once in a blue moon.Delete
Cuz, I think it is in our gene, do this do that do this do that...self inflicted torture then didnt do what we planned to do during the weekends!ReplyDelete
Aiyo, you are like that too! Then confirm lah, it's in our genes >.<Delete
The preparation works are tedious but the end product can be finished within minutes :PReplyDelete
Yes, fast to eat :)Delete
Mango Kerabu.. a very appetizing dish! Must order when eating Thai.. .ReplyDelete
Me too, must order one..Delete
Wow kerabu yg ada bunga kantan ni mmg terbaik lah PH wangi sedapur ni kan, Kaknoor pun dok berangan nk buat kerabu sampai tua dah bunga kantan hahaha dah kembang semangkok bunga kantan sabo je lahReplyDelete
PH tahu, Kak Noor pun peminat tegar bunga kantan. Tapi PH punya berbunga sekali sekala aje.Delete
This is one of my favourite kerabus..ReplyDelete
I normally will add kacang to add that extra crunch ..sedap..
betul tu the xtra work is the shredding of mango & tumbuk bahan2 yang lain...tapi lepas tu boleh makan denagn nikmat..:)
Ayu, I forgot about the kacang. Next time I want to put because it adds nice flavor too besides the crunch.Delete
Bunga kantan is such a pretty flower! Mine still havent bloomed til now ah....:PReplyDelete
Mine blooms once in a blue moon. Don't know how long till I can eat another bunga kantan.Delete
I love this I love this!! But not too spicy for me cause cannot eat too much la like that, haha!ReplyDelete
This one not too spicy because I did not add cili padi. I like spicy but cannot be too spicy hee..hee...Delete
love this PH. so irresistibleReplyDelete
Thanks, Raihanah :)Delete
I'm salivating looking at these pictures. Refreshing tangy spicy salad with crispy ikan bilies. So appetising!
Hi Karen! It's one of my favorite kerabu.Delete
What beautiful presentation.ReplyDelete
I think can use peeling instead of thinly slicing method, more or less the same and easier, right? :PReplyDelete
Hmm..can also lah. I have tried peeling method with carrots and cucumbers and it works :)Delete
Hi Phong Hong, very busy and didn't have time to visit blogs. My mom undergone appendicitis op at age 85. How I wish I can have this lovely, appetising kerabu after spending days at the hospital with my mom.ReplyDelete
Hi Kimmy! Oh dear, I hope your mum is recovering well. Not to worry about visiting, focus on your mum. Take care, Kimmy :)Delete