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In honesty, I found a bit of difficulty in trying to find the right English word that can match the recipe title I’m sharing this time. It is “Asinan” (aah-see-naan).
Although I took liberty in translating the word as salad, it’s actually not the salad that you might understand.
First of all, you eat the ordinary salad as an appetizer or starter. But this Indonesian crispy salad “asinan” is eaten as a snack at any time of the day. In fact, it’s best to have it as an afternoon snack when you already had your lunch but feel like snacking.
And if it is served as a part of a party menu, it is usually eaten after the main course.
Asinan literally derives from the word “asin” which means salty. And asinan is typically vegetables or fruits that been preserved in salty water before serving.
There are many varieties of Asinan. But the one I’m sharing here is made of vegetables and has dressing made of peanuts and tamarind.
As for the vegetables, I use cabbages, beansprouts, carrots, round lettuce, and cucumber. Traditionally some people make it with egg noodles and preserved Choi sum as well. But I simplified it because not only I’m myself not keen on having them, also I didn’t have them at home in stock ?.
This salad is so refreshing to have on a hot summer day. The crispy veggies marry well with the tangy and spicy sauce. I can never stop having this Asinan once I start. I actually finished the one that I made this time as soon as I was done with taking pictures for this post.
So bad. But it’s okay, isn’t it? Because it’s just veggies.
I hope you’re tempted to make this Asinan now. Especially since we are entering mid-summer. A perfect time of the year to enjoy this crunchy veggie salad with the spicy peanut and tamarind sauce.
If you do try the recipe, would you mind sharing what you think of it in the comments below?
Also, feel free to share the post and pin it in your Pinterest. And before you go, don’t forget to check my other Indonesian food recipes that you may equally love.
- The real Indonesian beef rendang – simply authentic.
- The best Indonesian sweet soy chicken – Ayam Kecap.
- Indonesian mung bean fritters: perkedel kacang hijau.
- Indonesian sweetcorn fritters: perkedel jagung.
- Indonesian Snow White butter cookies: kue putri salju.
Thank you and all the best.