Rojak! It’s a quintessential Malaysian dish. Just like the country’s multicultural population, rojak is a beautiful mix of different ingredients that all taste good together. Be it crunchy, savoury, or fruity, you’re sure to fall in love with them all.
The Mamak/Indian rojak is the crunchier version of the lot. The crunchiness comes not just from different types of fritters but also from the fresh vegetables used such as bean sprouts, cucumbers, and jicamas (sengkuang). There are multiple benefits to consuming jicamas and one of them is the jicama’s fiber which is infused with oligofructose inulin. This particular fiber promotes healthy bones and protects against osteoporosis. “Rojak satu, tambah sengkuang!”.
Accompanying these ingredients are potatoes, tofu, and boiled eggs with a generous amount of delicious sweet and spicy peanut sauce. Most people enjoy this rojak for tea time but it is not uncommon to have a plate for lunch. A serving of Mamak/Indian rojak can be quite filling so grab a friend or two and share!
Looking for something a bit more refreshing or a healthy rojak?
Go for the fruit rojak or ‘rojak buah’ as it’s known here. The very fruity fruit rojak is usually a mix of tropical fruits such as sliced papayas, guavas, and pineapples. For added crunch and flavour, crunchy peanuts and cucumbers are also added into the mix.
Similar to the Mamak/Indian rojak, the fruit rojak is not complete without its thick, sweet, and tangy sauce. The sauce is made up of a few main ingredients which are easily found in any of our Village Grocer outlets if you wish to try your hand at some homemade fruit rojak! You’ll just need some sambal belacan, asam jawa, and petis udang.
Here’s a rojak that is low in carbohydrates but high in protein and fibre. The sotong kangkung rojak is usually eaten like a salad before a meal but it’s great as a midday snack as well. The leaves of the kangkung are highly nutritious and are very rich in vitamins and minerals. All the more reason to head out and grab a plate of sotong kangkung rojak!
Individuals who suffer from anaemia (iron deficiency) should incorporate more kangkung into their diet since this vegetable contains a whole lot of iron. Every 100gm of kangkung has 2.5mg of iron and 2.7g of protein.
The star of the dish (for most people) is the sotong and there’s even more good news. Sotong is low in calories and very high in protein!
Jamie Oliver’s take on rojak is an interesting one. He uses radish to add more zest and spiciness to the rojak. Radishes are very rich in vitamin C and are known to be detoxifiers. Some believe they can possibly keep cancer away but with all the other benefits, your body will love you for it! The richness in vitamins also promote good skin health so go ahead and add more radish to your rojak. Get the full recipe here.
You can easily whip up these rojak recipes in no time with the freshest ingredients from your nearest Village Grocer!
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