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Monday, January 24, 2011

369. Kai Choy

Do you recognize this vegetable? It's 'Kai Choy' (Mustard Cabbage) or I called it 'Sayur Pahit' because it is a little bit bitter in taste.

I posted on how to make your own 'Sayur Masin' (Salted Mustard) out of this 'Kai Choy' here. Go on have a look and try make your own :)

Well, hubby got me 3 ikat (bundle) of them 'Kai Choy' for only RM2. There weren't any other vegetable in the fridge so I decided to have a go and cooked them with some anchovies.

I was skeptical as I know the 2 other girls won't eat anything bitter but hubby kept saying it will taste nice.

It was nice!

And crispy when you chewed the cut stems. The girls ate it and hubby loved it :)

Have you tried it?

My Cooked Mustard Cabbage (Sayur Pahit) with Anchovies

Mustard Cabbage or Sayur Pahit

To prepare :

Wash each stem of the vegetable under running water to remove any soil.

Cut into small pieces, wash again and drip dry in a sieve.

To cook :

1. Heat a little bit of oil then throw in 7 - 8 anchovies in. Stir until the anchovies turned a little brown.

2. Add in 1 grounded shallot, 4 garlic and 1 red/green chilli (optional). Stir again.

3. Add in the washed, cut vegetable in.

4. Stir well.

5. Add salt and ajinomoto to taste. You may add a little water if you want to.

6. Serve hot with rice and your main dish.

Try it!

Tip - If you cooked anchovies first into your hot oil and let them turned a little brown, then only add in your grounded onions, the anchovies are nicer to eat.

Have a good week :)

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reanaclaire said...

Kai choy is nice, yes.. must boil it and throw away the first "water" to get rid of the bitterness.. normally i cook kai choy with assam, dried chillies and dump in whatever overnight meat to make the dish "tasty." :)

Anonymous said...

nah..dah start cooking la ni..
i like tis sayur !!! must try huh... :)

mNhL said...

I never like this vege. Very bitter. same like bitter guord. haha....

MIL used to cook this vege with rice. Fried the vege and rice together for a while before putting into the rice cooker and cook like normal.

Merryn said...

oh yes I love anchovies in my vege! Ada oomph! :D

Puan Isah said...

Alamak Mak isah didn't boil it & throw away the first 'water' la Claire he he...tapiii..not as bad as bitter gourd kan? :p
Cook with asam, u mean asam jawa (tamarind)? hmm..must try one.. :)

Yes almost any vege with meat will surely be tastty & sweet.

Puan Isah said...

Ha ha...dah, dah Luciana :) You MUST try this vege he he..

Puan Isah said...

Mak isah used to think so too mNhL,as bitter as bitter gourd..but it was on that day there weren't any other vege in the house, so Mak isah gave it a try, with hubby's persuasion.

and wallaaa...it isn't so bad my dear he he...

That's a new one from your MIL,there must be a reason why she fry the vege & rice first then only cook them in the rice cooker. Hmm..wonder how it taste eh?

Wish Mak isah know your MIL to ask her :p

but Mak isah sure you didn't it them he he..

Puan Isah said...

Betul tu Merryn, anchovies are nice to take. Mind you they are expensive too :p