The Sabahans called these 'Agar-agar' (jelly).
And I first learned how to eat these while I was in KK last week.
We went to have lunch at Gerai Pare Pare at Pasar Besar ( also known as Pasar Gantong) on our first day there.
Besides the other dishes we chose, we also tried these 2 dishes. Both were seaweeds that came from the sea, made into 'Kerabu' or in the form of 'Umai'.
They tasted nice and crunchy and you almost feel like you are eating 'Umai' Jellyfish.
This one was brown in color, initially dried then soaked and made into Kerabu
This one you have to buy it fresh then cooked immediately (that's what I learned).
So bila dah gian makan ni, I bought the same dried kind to bring home so that I can try and cooked it myself.
And I did :)
This came in a packet of RM6. Dried. Not the brown color but more on the purplish. This was how it looked like after washing away some of the salt (when they dried it they added some salt to it)
After washing, soak it for a couple of hours (at least 2 hours)
My Seeweed Umai
To Prepare :-
1. Cut the soaked Seaweed (Rumpai Laut) into an inch long. Washed clean, let dry in a sieve.
2. Add half of one big onion and several cili padi ( sliced).
3. Squeezed juice of limes (8 - 10 or more to taste).
4. Add salt to taste.
5. If you like, you can also add some slices of mango in it.
6. Serve as a side dish.
Have you tried this Rumpai Laut atau Agar-agar or Seaweed or Algae before? Before going to KK, I saw (for the first time) that brown colored seaweed (1st pic above) being sold by one Chinese lady in my house area 'Tamu'. But for RM40 per kg! I
I was asking myself at that time, what was so special about these that cost that expensive? Now, I know how it taste :)
Gerai Pare-Pare (What a name, somehow I cannot forget it's name :)
The table we were sitting
Our other dishes (2 types in one plate). Actually it was supposed to be 'Nasi Campur', whereas one person has a plate of her own with the dishes that she chose in the plate too, but they served us in this way. Very cheap too! For 3 of us they only charged us RM9 including free ice water & free 'Sup Kosong'.