Wednesday, April 4, 2012


This spicy, sweet and sour pickle with aromatic toasted peanuts and sesame seeds is one of the most authenticated Nyonya cuisine.

This wonderful, delicious recipe is courtesy from Uncle Lee.
Hi Uncle, thanks for giving me another addictive recipe to tried out in my kitchen.

A little time consuming from washing the vegetables and cut everything to 4cm bite size. It took me 2 days to prepared......LOL

1st day after sunset - wash the vegetables, drain dry and cut into bite size.
Season the cucumber and chilled in the fridge. No sunbathing the vegetables due to already sunset.
Cling wrap all the vegetables and keep in the fridge, went online busybody in cyber world until 2am and forgotten about it. LOL
2nd day after sunset continue to prepared my pickle. Lesson learn next time do it on a off day. Anyway, let's enjoy the recipe.

500g cucumber -- quartered lengthwise, remove soft centre and cut into 4cm strips
150g cabbage leaves -- cut into 2 1/2cm squares
150g carrots -- cut into 4cm strips
150g long beans -- cut into 4cm strips
200g cauliflower -- cut into small pieces ( I omitted cos forgot to buy )

Halved and cut into 4cm strips:
3 red chillies
3 green chillies

Slice thinly:
50g young ginger
3 cloves garlic
3 shallots
2 bird eyes chillies (I ADDED ADDITIONAL FOR EXTRA KICK)
50g dried prawns -- soaked and pounded

Ground ingredients:
10 fresh chillies
5 dried chillies
10 shallots
5 cloves garlic
2cm fresh turmeric root
1 tbsp sliced galingale ( lengkuas )
3 candlenuts ( buah keras )
2cm cube toasted belacan or 1 tsp belacan powder
1 stalk lemon grass -- sliced finely ( USE THE WHITE PART ONLY)

Lemon grass

Vinegar mixture
100ml vinegar
200ml water ( I used 100mls )
5 to 6 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt

125g crushed peanut candy or 100g roasted peanuts -- skinned and pounded
4 tbsp roasted sesame seeds

For scalding vegetables:
600ml water
400ml vinegar
2 tbsp salt
2 tbsp sugar

1/ RUB cucumber slices with 1 tbsp salt.
2/ Leave aside for 1 hour. ( I chilled in the fridge for 3 to 4 hours)
3/ Wrap in clean towel or muslin cloth and squeeze out excess liquid.
4/ Place cucumber slices on a tray and sun for 2 to 3 hours. (This makes the cucumber crunchy.) I OMITTED COS I PREPARE AFTER SUNSET BUT CUCUMBER STILL CRUNCHY.
5/ For the other vegetables, sun them separately in trays for 1 to 2 hours.

6/ Bring water, vinegar, salt and sugar for scalding vegetables to a rapid boil.
7/ Blanch the vegetables, one type at a time:
Dip cucumber and cabbage in boiling mixture for 2 to 3 seconds.
scald the rest of the vegetables -- except chillies -- for 8 to 10 seconds.
Drain vegetables at once in a colander.

8/ Heat oil in wok and fry the ground ingredients until fragrant and the oil begins to separate.
9/ Stir in vinegar and water. Add sugar and salt and bring to a boil then leave to cool completely.

10/ Stir in dried prawns, ginger, shallots and garlic and all the prepared vegetables.
11/ Remove and store in a porcelain jar or a clean, dry glass jar.
12/ When about to serve, mix in peanuts and sesame seeds.

Footnote: The acar will keep for two weeks in the fridge if peanuts have not been mixed in.

Have a great week to all my dear friends. Cheers!


  1. Wow, that looks very appetizing. It may be time consuming to make, but the look of it tells me it's all worth it!

  2. Hi Tina, thank you for your compliments. Yes, this is one of the most appetizing and tempting pickles.
    It's best to eat after 3 days when it's well season.

    Have a nice day.

  3. My MIL makes very nice ones and she'll give to us. Never tried making myself. Yours looks great...

  4. Amelia, thank you for sharing this acar. Few of my family members loves this dish very much. But looking at the ingredients n steps to do it, oh my..... Of course, I will definitely make this one day. Thanks you lots n lots. Hugs

  5. Drooling! I love this achar dish but 2 days to prepare huh! can courier some over? lol!

  6. I lurve this! Looks very nice, Amelia.
    My aunties used to make such yummy acar .... quite different from this in that ours don't include dried shrimp .. different states, different twist. Unfortunately, they have all gotten too old to make it now and I find it too tedious to fiddle with so many ingredients. One day .... when I crave it enough :)

  7. Hi Suituapui, thank you for your compliments.

    Have a nice day.

  8. Hello Amelia, you did it! Outstanding!
    Now you can imagine old days when a young Nyonya about to meet future MIL, FIL....after matchmaker Auntie Kay Poh Chi arrange for meeting...over dinner.

    She will take 2, even 3 days to prepare this achar. Her future depends on it.
    Pass, she marries.
    Fail? Nanti ferry, ha ha.

    I am impressed. Outstanding! Not many non Nyonyas can make this....or even want to try.
    Good for you.
    Have a nice day, keep your....
    Ha ha ha....keep a song in your heart.

  9. Hi Mel, you're welcome! It's a lot of work washing, cutting, scalding the vege... but end result is good.

    I love this pickle just with rice for my lunch, no need to cook other dishes. LOL

    Have a nice day.

  10. Hi Jeannie, thank you for your compliments. Actually I can finish making in 1 day but I go busybody online chit chat forgotten about it.LOL

    If I can courier to you, I don't mind! Would love to share with you. ;)

    Have a nice day.

  11. Hi Ping, thank you for your compliments and kind words.

    I use to made very often before I started blogging but first time I follow the recipe to the dot. Previously I only estimate the ingredients and I don't use dried shrimp either.

    This recipe is an authentic Nyonya recipe. The end result is good even thou tedious.

    Have a nice day.

  12. Hi Uncle Lee, thank you for your compliments and kind words.

    Ya lah, so tedious and lots of work, so it actually put off a lots people to try this achar.

    Oh.. I didn't know the Nyonya ladies future depend on this achar?? At least I learn something now. Thanks for the info.

    Keep your..... Keep my what??? LOL

    Have a great week ahead. regards.

  13. Amelia, Acar is defnitely very appetizing dish, but then so ingredients are required to make this. Wait till I have graduated from my cooking University level. I am now in Kindergarten level.

  14. When I was a kid, my grandaunt will prepare a bowl of water for us to dip the acar vege in, so that it won't be too spicy.
    Very very appetising.

  15. Hi Sheoh, keep up the good work, with all the coaching and busybody blog walking, very soon you'll graduate from kindergarten level.

    Feel free to ask any question if you encounter any problem.

    Have a nice day.

  16. Hi Wendy, thanks for dropping by. Ya, it's one of the most appetizing dish.

    Have a nice day.

  17. wow I adore achars or pickles. M salivating by looking at this post :). and such a charming remark from your uncle lee

  18. Hi simply baking, thank you for your kind words and compliments.

    Sorry dear, I burst out laughing with your comment "and such a charming remark from your uncle lee"
    Let me inform my uncle, he will be very glad to hear that. :)

    Have a nice day.

  19. My sister make this before Chinese New Year ,every year and like always she gave me a big bottle...hehehe
    I love the cabbage in this acar...

  20. Hi yummylittlecooks, thanks for visiting. You're lucky your sister gave you big bottles, so save you a lot of trouble to make.

    I love the cabbage too and the cucumber. The crunchiness very addictive to munch.

    Have a nice day.

  21. achar looks perfect . love the recipe

  22. Hi Kanan, thank you for your compliments. Have a great week ahead.

  23. Mel, apa khabar?

    I love this acar esp when makan with nasi minyak, but cara saya ada slightly different, I did not put long beans and peanuts...your pic always makes me drool, very tempting la...

    I lost my appetite almost two weeks, and now tengok your acar suddenly dah rasa hungry...tapi batuk lecehlah nak makan acar kan?

    thank you for the recipe Mel... you take care ya.

  24. Hi Queenie my dear, so good to see you back in action again. I'm fine, hope you recover soon.

    Thank you for your compliments and kind words.
    This is nyonya achar actually different from what I made previously.

    When you recover baru makan lah, bila senang ada masa boleh cuba this recipe.

    Have a great week ahead.

  25. I'm not so much of a Nyonya cuisine fan, but your egg-zosted story - now THAT was a good one !! ;-) And throughout the story (with accompanying 'sad' photos), HELP by the Beatles was playing - how appropriate !!

    Hope you're doing well Amelia. My visiting has been cut back due to all the visitors we've been having since the beginning of February.

    Have a Blessed Easter !

  26. Hi Rick, I'm doing fine despite the EGG-ZOSTED. Thank you for your compliments and kind words.

    It's ok, you visit when you're free.
    Good to see you back in action. ;)

    Happy Easter and have a lovely weekend. regards

  27. Many thanks my friend Amelia, for the beautiful recipe!!!
    I wish you a Happy Easter!
    Many greetings and kisses

  28. Hi dear Amalia, It's been ages I've not eaten Acar!! Now I'm tempted to make this liao !! So mouth watering!! I was supposed to let you know about the award that I'm very happy to give to to you, dear Amelia. Posted late last night & I thought I'll drop by today & let you know but you're way more alert than me!! I was a bit sleepy last night after a busy day! heheheheh Congratulation dear Amelia, I truly love your fun blog! Always make my day & looking forward to see your next post! Have a lovely day, dear friend! Sending you cyber hugs !:)

  29. Hi my dear Magda, thank you for your compliments and greetings.

    Have a nice weekend.

  30. Hi my dear Kit, thank you for your kind words and compliments. Most of all thank you for thinking of me and pass me the cute award. I love it, Will post in few days time.

    Am so glad to hear that you love my blog, you really make my day, huh!
    A big hugs for you.

    Try this acar, it's very addictive.
    I can never stop eating, hahaha..

    Have a nice weekend. Warm regards.

  31. hi amelia, eat achar i know, make achar i dont know. But surely this is one very nice appetiser and looking at the steps, it does take quite some time to get this done. haha! go online then forget about it? luckily it's only achar, not cooking something..otherwise all become arang! haha! Happy easter and enjoy the weekend!

  32. Hi Lena, not difficult to make but very time consuming. I do make this quite often, it's very appetizing and addictive.

    Hahaha... I got very bad habit, like to go online and cooking at the same time. I got my spare laptop in the kitchen.

    Have a nice weekend and happy Easter.

  33. Hai.. very yummy pickles you have made..

  34. Hi Oyyep, thank you for your compliments.

    Have a nice weekend.

  35. This looks delicious -- I think it is worth the time it takes to prepare.

    I hope you're having a wonderful Easter weekend.

  36. Hi George, thank you for your compliments and greetings.

    Yes, it's worth the effort to prepare this pickles, it taste absolutely addictive and appetizing.

    Have a nice weekend.

  37. Dear Amelia, What a beautiful mixture of veggies.
    Thank you for your visit. I am following your beautiful blog. I hope that we will be blogging friends. Blessings my dear, Catherine xo

  38. Hi Catherine, thank you for your compliments and kind words.

    We can be blogging friends or buddy for sure, I'm a a very friendly, east to get along type of person.

    Have a nice weekend.

  39. Hi Amelia-I am so sorry for not commenting, but I've been so busy in the last few days, and have really not done anything on my computer, just upload my new post.
    I love your spicy, and creative vegetable dish, although I'm not familiar with it...but anything spicy, and colorful such as this one gets my vote for #1~
    Please accept the award that I passed on to you, I wanted you to have it!

  40. Hi Elisabeth, thank you so much for your compliment and kind words.

    And Thank you again for thinking of me and pass me the cute award. I really love it cos it's just like me cheerful all the time.

    Hey, it's ok my dear, you drop by when you have finish all your other works or chores. I don't mind if you comment late. You're always welcome anytime in my blog.

    Have a great week ahead, dear. *hugs*

  41. wow, it must be very refreshing! wanna have a try! nice blog!

  42. Hi VVas10923, thank you for your compliments and visit. Yes, it's a very refreshing and tempting dish.

    Have a nice day.

  43. This is absolutely yummy acar. Wow!!!! My hubby loves acar...;)

  44. Hi Love, thank you for your compliments. Yes, it's very addictive and I can eat on it's own without rice. ;)

    Have a nice day.