How to Make Penang Pasembur Salad

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Pasembur (aka mamak or Indian rojak) is a signature Penang salad with a sweet potato-based sauce, that I used to enjoy a long time ago in my Seremban hometown. The wet market in the centre of town had a stall that sold it (and may still do after 30 years, for all I know) and it was Chinese-run, unlike most Indian rojak stalls.

This particular version by Chef Chai at Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort, Penang, is more reminiscent of the version I loved in Seremban; the flavours are more subtle and less overwhelming than others I’ve tried in Penang.

There are quite a few steps involved in the making of this dish as you’ll see in the highlights video here, but the recipe as supplied by the resort is a definite keeper; I can’t wait to apply the techniques in making the crackers and the fritters in my own cooking.

This video was shot by Mediaprima during our filming for Asia:Food.Travel.Mystery and it involved Chef Chai doing a demonstration cooking class for resort guests and two prominent specially-invited Penang bloggers, Ken Hunts Food and Shelyn Ooi.

Cooking demonstration class in progress.

Cooking demonstration class in progress.

Thanks to my very busy schedule I only managed to spend a few minutes with the guests after the demonstration but Ken was very, very kind to have brought along a “tapau” (takeaway pack) of Chee Cheong Fun Penang-style (ie. with prawn paste sauce) but with a peanut-sauce twist added to it. It was fantastic, so thank you so very much Ken 🙂

Resort guests and bloggers Ken and Shelyn partake of Chef Chai's Pasembur.

Resort guests and bloggers Ken and Shelyn partake of Chef Chai’s Pasembur.

Pasembur

Portion: 6-8 Servings

Ingredients –

200g cucumber, julienned

200g yam bean (sengkuang), julienned

1 boiled egg, deep-fried

200g boiled potato, deep-fried

100g prawn fritters

50g prawn crackers

100g beancurd, deep-fried

120g jelly fish

Sauce –

500g sweet potato, peeled and diced

100g shallots

600ml water

50g crushed, roasted peanuts

100g bottled chilli sauce

150g tomato sauce

10g salt

50g sugar

10g kurma powder

Method –

For Pasembur Sauce –

1. Steam shallots and sweet potato until soft.

2. Add water and blend until smooth.

3. Bring to a boil over medium heat; add in the rest of the ingredients.

For plating –

1. Arrange all ingredients onto centre of plate.

2. Top with prawn cracker and ladle sweet potato sauce over it.

3. Sprinkle with some crushed peanuts and serve.

Recipe Name: Prawn Fritters

Ingredients –

100g prawns with shell on, cut into pieces

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 egg white

150g plain flour

1 Tbsp corn flour

1 Tbsp rice flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 Tbsp cooking oil

150ml water

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

2 Tbsp spring onion, chopped

2 Tbsp onion, sliced

1/2 Tbsp chillies, sliced

1/2 cup beansprouts

Method –

1. Mix flours with baking powder.  Add seasoning.

2. Add water followed by prawns and all other ingredients.

3. Deep-fry on low-medium heat. Remove and serve.

Recipe Name – Prawn Crackers

Ingredients –

50g plain flour

50g rice flour

5g baking powder

25g tapioca flour

25g corn flour

220ml water

70ml cooking oil

4 peeled prawns

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp chicken seasoning powder

Method –

1. Mix flour and baking flour.

2. Blend prawns with water and mix with batter.

3. Deep-fry on high.

4. Remove and serve.

Quick break as we wait for the film crew to wrap up some shots.

Quick break as we wait for the film crew to wrap up some shots.

Filming the famous Penang Teochew Cendol stall.

Filming the famous Penang Teochew Cendol stall.

Keeping a wide berth of the python at the Penang Snake Temple during filming for Asia:Food.Travel.Mystery.

Keeping a wide berth of the python at the Penang Snake Temple during filming for Asia:Food.Travel.Mystery.

#babyNoah during filming at the Penang Snake Temple.

#babyNoah during filming at the Penang Snake Temple.

 

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