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Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Sambal Petai (Stinky Beans)
This is another sambal which I enjoy eating with Nasi Lemak - Sambal Petai.
You do have to be careful though, as the day after the petai, everything you excrete has a very pungent and clear petai odor. You can find this sambal in most Nasi Padang stalls here in Singapore. However, not many people like the smell of petai.
These stinky beans are known to "detox" your body. In the olden days, Malays and Peranakans believed they are good for the kidney. Toxins will be eliminated from your body.
Petai can be eaten toasted slightly with belachan & prawn paste, with sambal ikan bilis & sambal udang (prawns).
Warning: before you cook the petai, make sure that you split the bean into two with a paring knife as there are prone to worms burrowing their way into the heart of the petai.
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