There are foods you love, foods you hate and there are of course foods that fall somewhere in between. Hmm .. sounds like human relationship too.
Petai. You either love it or hate it. Just like durian, or even blue cheese ……… and I happen to love ’em all!
Petai is known as stink bean in English, and sataw (สะตอ) in Thai language. Thai way of cooking is normally fried ala Malaysian’s sambal petai prawn. I was horrified to find that they also eat raw petai. I am used to their raw vege culture by now, but eating petai is like kamikaze! It’s pungent, no? D said that the raw petai is roasted beforehand to bring out the smell, and then dip with nam prik chili sauce.
Okay, I need to u-turn a bit on that raw petai bit, because I found that it’s done in Malaysia as well. Just that it’s something that I have not tried.
I will try the Thai’s version first. At least, they have nam prik so I am sure it’s not that bad.
Back to petai fried rice. For petai lover, this is a dish that we salivate thinking about petai. D’s parents were introduced to petai fried rice in KL last year, and being a huge fan of petai, instantly fell in love with it. Sooo in love with it that we went back to the same restaurant again and ordered the same dish twice in KL.
I surprised them with a home-cooked version after we returned to Bangkok. Oooh … that happy look on their face!
We found petai few days ago at a local supermarket, so I cooked it again this morning. D and I delivered the goodies to them and also to Aunt Art earlier in the afternoon. Hopefully, it warms up their stomach and heart with some home-cooked food.
I was never a good cook, and can cook now after living in Bangkok for 1.5 years.