Monday, December 10, 2012



1 kg cucumber (skin on, halved lengthwise and remove seeds and  cut into 3cm strips)
500g carrots (peeled and cut into 3cm strips)
800g cabbage (cut into chunky pieces)
600g cauliflower (cut into small florets)

'Blanching mixture':
800ml water
800ml white wine vinegar
4 tbsp salt
4 tbsp sugar 

Pounded ingredients:
10 shallots
10 cloves garlic
1pc belacan
thumbsized fresh tumeric
thumbsized fresh galangal
5 candlenuts
2 stalks lemongrass, sliced finely
2 tbsp hot chilli powder
100g dried shrimps (soak 10 min and drain - pounded)

Seasoning: (adjust quantity of ingredients to suit taste)
1 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
3 tbsp fish sauce

roasted peanuts, pound
lightly roasted sesame seeds

  • Sprinkle  salt over cucumber slices.  Toss well.  Set aside for about 30 minutes. Rinse off the salt.  Squeeze out excess liquid.  Do the same with carrots. 
  • Bring 'blanching mixture' to the boil.  Blanch cabbage and cauliflower separately for about 15 seconds.  Drain well.
  • Heat oil in a wok and lightly fry the pounded dried shrimps.  Transfer into a bowl and set aside.  Add more oil into the wok and  fry the pounded ingredients until aromatic.  Stir in the pounded dried shrimps and seasoning.  Adjust the taste accordingly.  Bring to the boil.  Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely.
  • Add all vegetables into the wok and stir well.   Keep refrigerated.
  • Add in peanuts and sesame seeds before serving.
Note:  Acar  is best served the next day.  


  1. Flavourful and tasty acar you have made. I loves acar too!

  2. I love this acar very much! It is great as a snack too.

  3. Hi Minty,

    This is good!I can finish a bowl of this all by myself. I would love to make my own acar too.



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