Penang Rojak is a salad dish of mixed fruits including, among others, cucumber, hongkwak (turnip), pineapple, jambu air (rose apple, Syzygium jambos), and green mango. Non-fruit ingredients added to this salad include cuttlefish, jellyfish, Eu Char Koay and Taukuah (beancurds). Together, they form an eclectic jumble (the term "rojak" is used in colloquial expression to mean an eclectic jumble) served with a dressing of dark prawn paste called hae ko (gooey prawn paste) with pounded belacan (shrimp cakes), chilli powder, and sugar, and topped with a sprinkling of grounded roasted peanuts and sesame seeds.
A simplified variation to rojak is often sold by itinerant vendors, especially at school yards. This comprises a thick slice of hongkwak topped with the dressing, with a sprinkle of chilli powder, pounded belacan, roasted peanuts and sesame seeds.
Penang Rojak has its own appearance that differ from those found elsewhere in Malaysia and Singapore. To differentiate it from other types, outside Penang, this version is simply called Penang Rojak. The Indian version of the Rojak is called Pasembur in Penang although elsewhere in Malaysia, it is called Indian Rojak or Mamak Rojak.
Penang Rojak (24 May 2008)
Ingredients of Rojak:
You can often find Rojak stalls at night markets. I have also created a food map to make it easy for you to local the stalls that I have come across before. Each number pin on the map correspond to the list, and provides additional description.
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