Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Rebus Asam Batang Keladi (Boiled Yam Stems in Sour Sauce)

A healthy option.
This is a quick one. Mum is on her 'stay healthy' streak so this is pretty much as healthy as it can get. No oil, no coconut milk, just boiled vegetables. ;-) And its quite an easy one with minimal amount of ingredients. My mum loves this dish. If I'm not mistaken, my grandmother taught her this.

I think you can find yams at any good wet market here. You can also use the yams itself instead of just the stems. Its quite tasty. Not one of my favourites but I can surely taste the goodness in the dish.

This was done on the same day as the Manila Roast Chicken, so Darling, my niece was there too but didn't really appear on the video so much. We still had fun though. ;-)

Anyway, here's the recipe.

The Ingredients
• 10 to 15 yam stem (batang keladi), throw away the skin and cut into small pieces of 3 inches in length. Wash the stems clean from sand and dust.
• 3 to 4 red chillies (lada merah)
• 4 shallots (bawang merah)
• 2 garlic (bawang putih)
• 8 small chillies (cili padi)
• A handful of dried anchovies (ikan bilis), cleaned and washed.
• 5 to 6 tamarind pieces (asam keping).
• 3 tablespoon of dried shrimp paste (belacan).
• Coarse salt

Yam stems.
The Method
• Blend the red chillies, shallots, garlic, small chillies, dried anchovies, salt and the shrimp paste with some water.
• Heat up a pot filled with water, 3 to 4 tamarind pieces and course salt. Leave to boil.
• When it starts boiling, put in the yam stems in and cover the pot. This will soften the stems. Leave for about 10 minutes.
• Once that is done, drain the yam stems and put aside.
• Heat up the same pot that has been cleaned.
• Pour out the blended ingredients into the pot and add more water. Also put in a few tamarind pieces. Leave to boil.
• Once its boiled, put in the cooked yam stems in and mix well. Leave to boil.
• Have a bit of a taste for salt. Add more salt and dried shrimp paste if needed. Once that is done, leave for a few more minutes and its ready to be served.

Easy as A-B-C, no? ;-) Here is the video.

So... masak lah dengan kasih sayang. Memang lagi sedap. Enjoy!


  1. I was waiting for you, thank you for coming back and that too with such a great recipe, I'll surely try this, thank you for sharing