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Youtiao Rojak

 
I’ve always thought every Singaporean loves Fruit Rojak but I was wrong. My brother is one of those non-Rojak lovers. Till today, I couldn’t understand how anyone does NOT like this sweet, tangy and sour fruit salad? I suspect it could be due to the prawn paste that goes into the dressing, which I admit, could be a little overpowering for some people.

The essential ingredient to making Rojak.

Prawn paste – the essential ingredient to making Rojak.

Now if you are clueless about what Fruit Rojak is, it typically consists of cucumber, jicama (bang guang), pineapple, beansprouts, taupok (fried beancurd), youtiao (Chinese crullers) and sometimes, dried cuttlefish. Everything is tossed together in a thick prawn paste dressing that is addictively (in my opinion) sweet and tangy. There are similar versions found in Malaysia and Indonesia but the addition of youtiao and taupok I think is uniquely Singapore style.

Youtiao aka Chinese crullers.

Youtiao aka Chinese crullers.

Today’s version is all about my favorite item in the rojak – “Youtiao”. In fact, the sole purpose of eating Rojak for me is because of the youtiao. I reckon if I have the choice to make rojak at home, I might as well go all the way and I did! I’ve also added in a handful of bean sprouts for some fibre and texture. If you are not so crazy like me, feel free to include other types of vegetables mentioned above.

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Ingredients:
4 strips you tiao (Chinese crullers)
Handful of bean sprouts – blanched in hot water for 30 secs
1 stalk ginger flower
1 tbsp prawn paste
2 tbsp tamarind paste
1 ½ tbsp sugar (or more if you like it sweeter)
Juice from 1 small calamansi / lime
1 tsp sambal chilli (optional)
3 tbsp ground peanut
Garnish:
1 calamansi / lime

Serves 3 – 4

Bear Naked Food youtiao rojak

 

Torch ginger aka Rojak flower. You could omit if it is not available but it certainly adds a bright floral aroma to the salad.

Torch ginger aka Rojak flower. You could omit if it is not available but it certainly adds a bright floral aroma to the salad.

Place the youtiao into a preheated oven at 200°C for 5 – 7 mins. This will give them a crispy texture. Alternatively, you could toast them in a griller.

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In a large mixing bowl, add in prawn paste, tamarind paste, sugar, chilli (if using) and mix well. Give it a taste and adjust with more tamarind or sugar if necessary. The flavor profile is sweet and tangy.

Rojak sauce.

Rojak sauce.

Using a pair of scissors, snip thin slivers of the ginger flower into the mixture. You’ll need to use only ¼ – ½ of the stalk.

Torch ginger or Rojak flower could be found in Asian wet markets.

Torch ginger or Rojak flower could be found in Asian wet markets.

Cut the youtiao into bite size portions (I like to use the scissors) and put them into the bowl.

Use a pair of scissors will make the job easier.

Using a pair of scissors will make the job easier.

Add in the bean sprouts, ground peanut and toss everything evenly together.

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ground peanut is another essential ingredient in rojak.

Ground peanut is another essential ingredient in rojak.

Transfer onto a large plate and serve immediately.

Bear Naked Food youtiao rojak

Done!

Bear Naked Food youtiao rojak

 

Bear Naked Food youtiao rojak

 

Bear Naked Food youtiao rojak

 

 

Youtiao Rojak
 
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: serves 3 - 4
Ingredients
  • 4 strips you tiao (Chinese crullers)
  • Handful of bean sprouts – blanched in hot water for 30 secs
  • 1 stalk ginger flower
  • 1 tbsp prawn paste
  • 2 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 1 ½ tbsp sugar (or more if you like it sweeter)
  • Juice from 1 small calamansi / lime
  • 1 tsp sambal chilli (optional)
  • 3 tbsp ground peanut
  • Garnish:
  • 1 calamansi / lime
Instructions
  1. Place the youtiao into a preheated oven at 200°C for 5 – 7 mins. This will give them a crispy texture. Alternatively, you could toast them in a griller.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add in prawn paste, tamarind paste, sugar, chilli (if using) and mix well. Give it a taste and adjust with more tamarind or sugar if necessary. The flavor profile is sweet and tangy.
  3. Using a pair of scissors, snip thin slivers of the ginger flower into the mixture. You’ll need to use only ¼ - ½ of the stalk.
  4. Cut the youtiao into bite size portions (I like to use the scissors) and put them into the bowl.
  5. Add in the bean sprouts, ground peanut and toss everything evenly together.
  6. Transfer onto a large plate and serve immediately.

 

 

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Bear is my moniker. Naked is how I like my feet to look. Food is something I live to eat (alot). A food recipe blog that makes sense.

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