August 8, 2017

Sarawakian Local Delights : Daun Mandai and Kulat

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Daun Mandai is a sweet tasting wild organic vegetable loved by the Iban community. This wild plant is normally found in secondary jungles in Sabah and Sarawak. 

 The Ibans normally pluck the leafy young shoots for cooking.

Today however, a lot of this leafy vegetables are sold at weekend Pasar Tani or Tamu.

Several Ibans have also testified that it is good for their health!

The vegetable goes well with wild mushrooms, shrimp paste and ikan bilis.

Recipe for this dish

1. Fresh daun mandai - wash and cut at about 2 inch
2. Pound some ikan bilis and/or dried shrimps
3. Salt to taste,some garlic
4. Cooking oil for saute
5. Some chillies, optional
6. A bit of water

1. Bamboo shoot/wild mushrooms

1. Fry anchovies until crispy. Set aside
2. Saute pounded chillies (optional) garlic until fragrant
3. Add in daun mandai. Stir.
4. Add in a bit of water if slightly dry. Add mushrooms.
5. Add in salt to taste. 

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