Monday, August 17, 2015

Vegetarian Sambal Petai

Petai or stinky beans - you either love it or loathe it.  Despite the pungent odour that lingered in your breath and toilet after consuming these, this is one dish that you wouldn't want to miss if you are a fan of petai.  It is commonly cooked with sambal prawns or ikan bilis with brinjal, okra, long beans or winged beans (aka four angled beans) in the mix.  

One word of caution, before you cook, make sure you split the petai into halves to make sure there are no worms hidden inside.

sambal mushroom stems


long beans
winged beans
your favourite sambal (I used the sambal mushroom stems I cooked the other day)
salt & sugar, to taste
3 - 4 tbsp water
lime juice (optional), to taste

  • Heat a little oil in the frying pan and add in sambal and water.
  • Toss in brinjal, long beans and winged beans.  Stir until all vegetables are coated with sambal. Add in more water if too dry. 
  • Lastly add in petai and toss well.  Season with salt and sugar and lime juice.


  1. Veronica, I happen to enjoy petai. But it gives me gas hah..hah...

    1. Come to think of it, it did give me gas too :-( and bad breath. But why do I still love it?

  2. I used to love petai, durian but not I aged,
    I cannot stand the 'after eating' smell of petai :(
    but petai, jering is good for health

  3. My favorite too. Anytime and anywhere :P

  4. Hi Veronica,

    You are so pro making this vegetarian sambal! I bet that it is extremely good eating it on its own. Very lovely vegetarian dish :D



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