Sambal Petai Ikan Bilis
This dish is one of the favorite food eaten by my officemates for lunch in the office. It has a pungent smell and need to spray air freshener to vanish the odor. Petai nutritional benefit is really amazing. According to Answers.Yahoo.com, Eating Petai have health benefits. It is really a natural remedy for many illnesses. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. So maybe it is time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, “A Petai a day keeps the doctor away.”
This Petai was from Kluang Malaysia. My officemate bought it for me to try to cook.
These seeds need to peel the skin and cut into half in order to check if all are clean and no worms inside.
I tried to eat raw and the taste is really bitter and the stinky smell left in my mouth so I preferred to cook it with Sambal Ikan Bilis Sauce. This is my first time to cook this dish. It is not so exciting to eat because the smell will distract your appetite and the taste is bitter. Due to health benefits for our body, I closed one eye, forgetting the pungent smell, bitter taste and eat it.
What I did after cooking the sambal petai ikan bilis was, I kept in the fridge for a night then consume in the next day, the smell still the same but the taste is not as bitter as the first time. My friend said that the longer time you cook the bitter will lessen as the taste of the sambal will blend on the petai.
Petai is best eaten with strongly flavored sambal, chili, garlic, dried shrimp paste and others.
So here is my Sambal Petai Ikan Bilis version.
Special credit to Answers.Yahoo.com.