Being a Peranakan, this is one dish I can cook without guidance and recipe. The Malays claim it's theirs but I think this is a truly Nyonya dish, using pounded rempah.
I've jot the recipe down after multiple times of making this according to 'feel' for my future reference.
1/2 head of a small cabbage (I never measure mine and quantity is not a big issue here)
Handful of okra or brinjals
Just use any vegetables you like. Wash them clean and chop them into small chunks and tear the cabbage into pieces.
Pound together: I've cheated and use a food processor here
50g dried shrimps
1 red chili, deseeded
2 dried chillies, soaked till soften, deseeded
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 shallot, peeled
1 lemongrass, use the white prt only, bruise it and chop into smaller pieces.
Dry fry the pounded ingredients until you smell the rempah fills the air.
Add in 2 cups of thin coconut milk and all the vegetables and simmer until vegetables are cook.
Season with salt, pepper and sugar to taste and serve hot.
p/s: I always use whatever leftover evaporated milk I have in the fridge and top up with coconut milk to make 2 cups of liquid. I think too much coconut milk is pretty unhealthy. I know, not like evaporated milk is very healthy either but it's healthier than coconut milk in term of cholestrol :)
Happy trying if you ran out of idea to cook or don't know how to handle leftover vegetables!
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