Try this 3-step Hawker-style Rojak recipe
This tangy, savoury salad of fruits, vegetables and fritters is easy to whip up.
Rojak is a tangy and savoury salad made up of fruits, vegetable, and fritters bathed in a spicy prawn-chilli paste sauce, often sprinkled with ginger flowers. This salad might seem unusual because of its contrasting ingredients, but it’s truly a hawker favourite.
In Singapore, you can get your rojak fix at many hawker food centres. It’s unclear who created this dish, as there are Indonesian, Malaysian, Indian, and Chinese versions of it. The word Rojak means mixture or in colloquial Malay, “eclectic mix.” But what’s for sure is that it’s tastiness is universal.
Want to make your own eclectic Rojak mix? It’s pretty simple. Try this Singapore Rojak recipe today.
Singapore Rojak Recipe: All it Takes is 3 Steps!
Makes 2 servings
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Here’s what you’ll need:
For the salad:
1 pineapple chunks
2 green apples, chopped
Chinese dough fritters
Kang-kong, blanched (hyperlink to how to blanch)
For the sauce:
2 tbsp Tamarind paste
1 tsp Prawn paste
1 tsp Chilli paste
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp crushed roasted peanuts
Here’s how to make it:
1. Prepare all the ingredients for the salad: peel the mangoes and cut slice the flesh into bite-sized piece. For the apples, you either peel them or leave the skin on, and chop them roughly. Slice the cucumber into thin slices, chop green apples.
2. Toss all the fruit, vegetables, and fritters together. In a medium-sized bowl, combine all of your ingredients, including your fried bean curd, fritters, and blanched kang-kong (water spinach).
3. Make the sauce. Combine tamarind paste, chilli paste, sugar, limes, and peanuts in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Toss your salad in your sauce until it’s well coated and enjoy!
- Instead of tamarind paste, you can make tamarind mix by mixing 1 tbsp of tamarind juice with 2 tbsp of warm water.
- You can also add one stalk of chili padi or two deseeded, red chillies for added heat and flavour.
- Instead of green apple, some use tart apple for their salad. Some prefer adding melon instead of papaya.