Batang Keladi


A stop at the Klebang beach took me to a Malay woman who told me that the stalks in the video recorded and shared here are called Batang Keladi. She said that if I cook Batang Keladi Masak Lemak, the dish would definitely enhance the dinner atmosphere. In the end, I bought petai padi, batang keladi and some mangga.

Instead of cooking Batang Keladi Masak Lemak, my wife cooked Asam Tumis Batang Keladi. The timing was right, as she just bought a cup of asam jawa from Aeon Jusco Bandaraya on Labour Day.

Later of the day, when the pasar malam traders began to lay out their goods at the Rumah Awam Bandar Hilir, she managed to select a few tangkai of daun kesum. Not many people know how to eat Laksa with Daun Kesum, but a handful of Singaporeans and the Babas and Nyonyas would enjoy it.

In her kitchen, she got ready her ingredients.

  • 2 bundles of Batang Keladi
  • 3 stalks of Daun Kesum
  • 1/2 cup of asam jawa in water
  • 1/4 table spoon salt
  • 1/2 table spoon sugar
Next, she prepared, 3 red onions, 3 garlic, 1/2 cup of ikan bilis, 1 big onion, 3 red chilly, 1/2 inch length of kunyit, and a little belacan. You would not expect your dinner to be so yummy alongside with a plate of gelama goreng and warm green tea.

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