Jungle love…

I guess Annie will not like this as she’s not into belacan (dried fermented prawn paste) and hot and spicy stuff but I love it!

These are sour brinjals or what we call terung Dayak here and terung asam in the peninsula…

Terung Dayak

To cook it kampung-style, you will have to cut them into slices like these…

Terung Dayak - sliced

I will try and remove all the seeds as usually, in the process of cooking, they will come off and sink to the bottom making the soup quite messy.

These are all the ingredients that you need…

Terung Dayal - ingredients

a chunk of belacan, serai (lemon grass) and chillies.

Fill half of the pot with water and boil till the fragrance of the ingredients come out and the belacan has melted in the boiling water. Then, you put in the brinjal slices and keep on simmering till they are cooked in which case, they will be soft and you may see that the edges of the skin have started to peel off.

Then you put in the fish to cook and once cooked, it is ready to be served…

Terung Dayak with fish 1

As you can see, no salt or msg is needed. Usually, the belacan contains some salt, so it will be salty enough and all the ingredients will make the soup real sweet, so there is no need to add msg either.

Terung Dayak with fish 2

I added the fish last so that it will not disintegrate in the extended boiling to bring out the flavour of all the ingredients. It is also nice to use udang galah (freshwater prawns) in which case you can throw everything in right from the start as there is no danger of the crustaceans falling apart.

With the sourish taste from the brinjals and the sweetness and fragrance of all the other ingredients, this goes extremely well with rice. I bet you will want to have seconds… LOL!!!

Author: suituapui

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37 thoughts on “Jungle love…”

  1. Yeah, I’m the first commentor. I never liked these sour brinjals soup. I don’t understand what is so nice about it. I can only taste the sourness *think think*

    Hehehehe!! You’re no fan of sambal belacan either. Like asam or tom yam….sour and spicy and to some people, smelly. To those who have acquired the taste, oooo…wangi! Best! LOL!!! πŸ˜‰

    1. Aiks? Melissa dun like belacan? Oooo….

      Yup…like Annie. LOL!!! Loves pastas, pizzas, sushis……. Budak zaman moden bah!!! πŸ˜‰

      1. LOL… cham… hahahah… they dono how nice belacan can be… bwhahahahahha…the smell… very wangi… kakakak… ish… I’m still looking for petai, can’t find anywhere… haizz… not musim? =.=

        There! Goldflower says a lot at her place…but she’s far away – 4 hours from Penang. Long weekend, get your hubby to drive home… Bet you can see a lot along the way.

      2. cleffairy, here have lot of petai lah. i love petai too, belacan oso ok. hahaha

        Where is “here”? You’re not back in Sarawak yet…so I guess you’re still over that side. Cleff, you’d better get in touch with her then to get your petai… πŸ˜‰

  2. Don’t remove all the seeds. That is what makes the soup sour!

    No wonder sometimes not sour. Well, this one was sour enough and really “sweet” from the fish. I don’t like…when almost finish the soup, you get ALL the seeds at the bottom, so messy. Would want to drink it to the last drop… Yum! Yum! πŸ˜€

  3. Yes, I am sure I love this dish too.. anything sourish, I am IN! πŸ™‚

    Never tried before? Haiya…that’s why I keep asking you to come to Sibu but you don’t want! 😦

  4. huiyo… if with wild boar meat lagi better. Sir, u have recipe how to do pansuh manok?

    Wild boar! Like looking for gold nowadays, so hard to get – and not sure good or not also. If not old enough, not fat enough, bulu not black and tebal enough, kurang wangi. Sorry, don’t have recipe for pansuh. That one my missus can cook – but minus the bamboo… Tastes good also, almost the same. After all, beggars can’t be choosers. LOL!!! πŸ˜‰

  5. This is my favourite dish, my mom calls it “asam belai” i dont know what is the meaning for belai…. too bad now she doesn’t really cook now, how i miss all this…

    You can easily cook this yourself. So very simple…no hassle at all and yet, so yummy!

  6. I like this dish always cook with either fresh water prawns or Ikan bilis ..not fish – dont like the fish smell. this brinjals cost Rm5-7 a kilo now…expensive.

    RM5 here… But I bought two, it was around RM2 something…so it’s still very reasonable. Ya…sometimes I do cook with fish like tenggiri but usually I would just cook with ikan bilis or nicer still, with big-head freshwater prawns… Unfortunately, none in the fridge. I always have to make do with what I can find in the freezer… 😦

  7. i love that dish especially if cooked with prawns hehehe i used to bring terung dayak back to KL during my university days and we used to cook it the same way as STP did…..we sometimes add dried prawns, chicken feet (bcoz its cheap hehehe) and fish…it even taste good on its own…..ahhhhhhh now im hungry LOL! cheers!

    Eyew…chicken feet! No, thanks! Muahahahaha!!! Ya…looking at the pics makes you hungry eh? Yum! Yum!!!

  8. if campur with ikan lumek, buris…. and eat along with nasi kampung. errmmmm… sedap nyeeeeeeeeeerrrrr………

    No lumek for me. If I cook that, I just take the terung and the soup… Not used to the tiny bones. But buris…YES!!! I also cook that with terung Dayak sometimes – but good, big ones are not so easy to find at the market these days… 😦

  9. Oooo…. I dun tink I will like it also… unless you replace the fish with something else… hahahaha… the fish will put me off… 😦 I’ll probably drink it up if there’s ayam inside, or prawns, or sotong… oooo… yummmm!

    Very nice with prawns – especially udang galah (freshwater prawns) but none in the freezer…just the fish! 😦 I’m sure Kucing will love this – promised to bring her a few terung Dayak should I happen to hop over to KL… Haven’t seen her around here yet…

    1. Ohh… yea… I was thinking that this should taste very nice with prawns… or maybe sotong… I daresay I’d slurp it all up if there’s prawn or sotong inside… LOL…just not a fan of fish… hahahaha…yea… the kucing will sure love this. LOL…

      Yup! There, you see her comment…insisting that I bring some over to give to her if I go over to KL. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  10. Sobsob… I’m officially a masochist… esok raya and now I oredi started to watch those damn tv ads on youtube… BOOHOOO~

    Have you seen “Surat dari ibu”? This one has got to be the saddest. Never mind…I post the link to you on Facebook and you can watch and cry till your eyeballs drop out and go rolling on the floor…. Hahahahahaha!!!! πŸ˜€

  11. Hey! You know me well!! hahahahhaha, yes, anything to do with sambal belacan i won’t touch. My in laws they all love petai la, kangkung belacan, some vege with belacan, so i won’t eat. hahahhaha.. I just don’t like the smell and taste.

    Oh, this sour brinjal look interesting, look like persimon.

    LOL!!! Persimon is sweet – this is sour. Ya…I know you very well now. Btw, come back and see my post tomorrow. I have a question to ask you…; maybe you can enlighten me over something. Hehehehehehe!!!!

  12. never eat the terung dayak, must go hunt for it when back sarawak. lol

    No? I’m sure you can find them in abundance in the small towns like Kanowit or Dalat or Mukah…or are you from Bintangor or Sarikei? Maybe Chinese people do not eat them so much but I’m sure the Dayaks and the Melanaus love them a lot!

  13. I’m a FISH person! Fish excites me… I love to eat fish. I don’t fancy chicken, mutton, beef or pork but FISH… YUM!

    I love fish too – healthier some more. Even these smaller cheaper fish… Some people will only eat the bigger ones like pomfrets, mackerels. I don’t mind any fish – except lumek. I just cannot handle the multitude of minute bones even though people say they can be eaten. I would just take the soup – very sweet, very nice.

  14. I love hot & spicy.
    What a colorful dish. I love seeing color in the foods I prepare. Do you eat the fish heads too? I think my mother said they did when she was a child. However as an adult, she gave the fish heads to our cats and dogs.

    Jungle Love, eh? Now the Song Jungle Love by The Time is stuck in my head, heh.

    Nope…these small fish, we do not eat the heads. But we still cook the fish with the heads as they add to the sweetness/flavour of the soup.There are some that we eat only the heads – we use them to cook fish head curry which is a popular Malaysian dish. Those fish heads would have a lot of flesh and we also eat the cartilage and what not inside the head. Some people love the eyes…but I wouldn’t touch those. LOL!!! πŸ˜€ I dunno that song actually – will search on youtube and give it a listen. πŸ˜‰

  15. Cikgu. when u come over please bring some of these brinjals over. My bestie loves it. Can’t find it in KL. She uses it to cook the same dish . http://smallkucing.blogspot.com/2010/04/three-kind-souls-came-bearing-crabsopps.html. Her mom was from Sarawak too.

    See, Cleff! I told you Kucing would love this dish. Ya…ya…I must remember to bring some for you. Hopefully, they are in season as sometimes, we can’t get them in the market – or maybe just some small miserable looking ones. 😦

  16. Asam hu!!! Especially with lakia kio! My favourite!

    Drool! Drool! But I guess in Kuching, can get them easily at Satok Sunday market…if you can tahan the hustle and bustle of the place. My head pening when I go there! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  17. ahhh I LOVE these brinjals! they’re so special, love them with fish…which is saying a lot considering i don’t like fish. lol

    Wow! Pretty good for a Foochow… Hehehehehe!!! My father, 100% Foochow, would never touch it…and my mum (50% Melanau) would eat it with sambal belacan – what’s in the soup would not be enough for her. LOL!!! I like fish but I prefer with prawns – never mind the cholesterol. πŸ˜‰

    1. hokkien..please..:P lol. yea my mum makes this divine soup with these brinjals ,plenty of belacan, chillies and tamarind peel. love love love it

      Tamarind peel some more??? Gee! Hers must be very very sour! Hmmmm…I guess ladies love sour stuff more…but I hear the acidity will lead to more baby girls. That’s why women are about to take over the world – men are outnumbered. LOL!!!

  18. lst time see fish picture tat make me drool immediately…maybe is becoz of the word belacan XD

    No…no…not with your gout! Belacan is out, fish is out and I dunno if you can eat the brinjals or not. Poor you! 😦

    1. I’ve checked…i can’t eat brinjals…T_T

      Oh gosh… So kesian. When I had my first attack, I just ate rice with soy sauce…and soy sauce also, I just ate a bit – made from soya beans. Now, don’t bother lah… Just eat in moderation and no more attack.

  19. wow! something new at here! me tak pernah see oso lerr. the dish come out very nice aye!

    What? I’m sure there are lots in KK too… We people this side sama2 one… Btw, I hear they are selling kompia from Sibu in KK now – 3 for RM1 (In Sibu, we get 4)…but dunno exactly where.

  20. i love tis soup very much since little but i last ate it was ages ago… :O

    Ya? None in Singapore? Or KL? I thought they have this in Nyonya cuisine…the assam fish or what, they may add the brinjals…

  21. hard to find ler but tink tink i tink i ate it at kl b4…btw whre can beat home cook wan…those tapao wan all beh kao liao…not enuf ingredient…

    Definitely. Nothing beats home-cooked. Even the simplest dishes taste so good…compared to those stuff outside.

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