Monday, 10 December 2012

Kerabu Pelam (Mango Salad)

Ho Ho Ho~ winter is officially here and it will soon be christmas! Again, I am hoping for a white christmas this year. It snow between christmas day every year but not on the christmas day!

This pic was taken last Wednesday, the ground covered with layer of snow in the morning. Winter is officially here!
Saw this tasty dish from Mui's blog  the other day and decided to give it a try.This is a dish from Kedah, Malaysia. To be honest, I know nothing about food in the north east part of malaysia, be a Malaysian I am completely ashamed! Thanks to MFF (Malaysian Food Fest), I were more explored to the state food in Malaysia. This mango salad is really appetising and delicious, I can finished it in one go despite the burning lips and sweat. Since I couldn't get young mango, I replaced it with sweet ripe mango. I would love to try it with young mango one day. As in the photos, I didn't sliced or chopped the ingredients very fine, this give a slightly chewy and crunchy salad. The salad taste sweet, sour,  hot and spicy with the crunchy peanut and dried shrimp. Have a try if you like your salad in hot and spicy taste, it is really good!

After finished my first mango salad, I went to look for mango again in the supermarket the next day, was so happy when I got it. I thought I can remember the recipe and did not need to refer it, half way through preparing the salad, I found out I ran out of tomatoes, the sky is getting dark and I wouldn't want to go out with a pushchair in a dark cold night,  panicking! panicking! I was trying to think what can I use to replace tomatoes. First I thought of using pineapple, was asking myself would pineapple be a good combination to this salad? I doubted! As I walked out the kitchen and toward the fruit bowl in the living room, I saw those lovely kiwi fruits sitting in the packet unopened. Oh yes! I can try it with kiwi. I did, and I also add in extra peanut, it is equally good, I like it with kiwi too!

Kerabu Pelam (Mango Salad) (Adapted from My Little Favourite DIY)
1 mango, shredded 
1 medium tomato, cut into small cubes (or 6 cherry tomato, halves)
2 shallots, sliced
2 bird's eye chilli, finely sliced
1 tbsp dried shrimps, soaked and drained
handful of peanut, dry fried, for garnish

Dressing sauce:
Juice from 1/2 lime
1 tbsp fish sauce
1/2 tbsp plum sauce

The ingredients and the sauce

1) Dry fry peanut over low heat until fragrant or when you see the peanut oil appear on its skin.Skin when it is completely cool.
2) Add some oil to the pan, fry dried shrimp till brown and crispy, drained and set aside.
3) Add the dressing sauce into a small bowl and mix well.
4) Arrange all the prepared ingredients into a bowl, add in dressing sauce and toss well.
5) Serve.

This was my second attempt, with kiwi and more peanut.


  1. Hi Stephanie,

    I'm guilty too for not knowing much to cook for MFF. Although I'm a Singaporean, I'm still in my L plates to cook many Asian cuisine. I reckon your mango salad looks wonderful. Wish to make them too because mangoes are in season now in Australia.

    Living at down-under, I always envy everyone else that get snow during Christmas or summery beach holidays when we are suffering in cold during June. Your snowy Christmas looks wonderful.


    1. Hi Zoe,
      I know, what a shame I am not up to speed to cook for MFF. Well, you are in better position than me, I am not sure if I am eligible for L plates or not, but I am definitely a P plate for eating, hehe.
      Yes, please give it a try, I am sure you will like it if you like the malay style acar, hot and sour plus spicy.

      I love snow when I first come to the UK, hoping for snow every winter, but not anymore, it is hard for us to plan our trip when it is heavy snow, not safe to drive, train and flight often get cancel. I would prefer it to snow for just few days in the winter.

  2. The salad looks so appetising. Thanks for stopping by at my blog.

    1. Hi Chris,
      Love your almond coffee cake!

  3. i'm also learning a lot of dishes thru the MFF event especially malay dishes. I also like kiwi and the addition of kiwi in your salad makes it look vibrant too. This morning i also saw some snow pictures of a blogger friend living in scotland, everywhere is like so white, how i wish i can get to experince that some day. You stay warm, ya!

    1. Hi Lena,
      MFF provide a platform for us to learn more about Malaysian dishes, I like the idea, hope I could participate one day.
      Come, let me know when you come to the UK, during winter, we can go skiing together. :o)

  4. I want snow!! It looks so beautiful :)
    Your salad looks delicious- I've never made salad with mangoes before, but this looks so good I want to try some! And I love your substitution of kiwifruit for tomatoes. I reckon if you did a salad with both kiwifruit AND tomatoes it would so colourful!

    1. Hi Von,
      Thanks for visiting, nice to know you through blogging!
      I have never made salad with mango before I attempted this mango salad too, it turn out really nice, you can have a try and prepare it to your family and see if they like it.

  5. Thank you for giving the idea by using kiwi to make kerabu. I must combine it with my cooking coz my hubby doesn't like fruits, heehee...

    1. it is nice to eat with kiwi. Yes, another way to encourage them to eat fruits.

  6. Hi Stephanie,
    Your mango kerabu looks so appetizing and delicious! Yes, I could finish a whole plate of it too!
    Our weather is extremely hot here, and wish for some snow right now, of course that is impossible! hahaha!
    Hope you are geared up for the cold season, take care!

    1. Hi Joyce,
      Thanks for compliments!
      Come visit me and enjoy some snow :D

  7. Hi Stephanie, the addition of kiwi does make it really zingy!

  8. I am salivate looking at your bowl of mango kerabu, sound super yummy!

    1. Yes Sonia, should try! I just love it

  9. Stephanie,
    Looking at your Mango Kerabu I am salivating..hehe
    I love this too. Your are brilliant to add Kiwi in your Kerabu:D
    Oh!! I love White Christmas too. Remember I went to UK n Ireland, that time was summer but I do love the weather. How I wish I could experience snowing and building Forsty the snowman...LOL
    Take care and keep warm :)

    1. Hi Mui,
      summer is a good time to do travelling, with the more promising weather and sky only go dark after about 9pm...come visiting UK again with your family during winter, would be lovely to bring your kids to ski

    2. Stephanie,
      Let me send a email to Santa and request for a holiday package to UK n Europe..LOL
      By the way can u email me your address please :D

    3. Hi Mui,
      You better send the email soon, Xmas is just few day away, hope Santa receive your letter and make your wish come true..and best of all, I can meet you here..hehe

  10. Hi Stephanie, love the refreshing mango salad! Love the pictures of the snow scene, you are all set for a white Christmas!

  11. I can easily have the salad all at one sitting. Simply refreshing!

  12. this reminds me of rojak! I love sweet fruit vegetable salads like this (: