Selada Padang

: 8.5/10

If you are born to a Minangese couple, (almost) all of your extended family are Minangese, and your dad cringes at the sight of any non-minang food on the table, chances are your world of vegetable is restricted to young jack fruits in coconut milk, cassava leaves in coconut milk, green beans in coconut milk, or –any kind of vegetable you can come up with– drenched in coconut milk. I did not know that there exists such things called sayur asem, buntil, karedok until I ventured out across the pond. Yes,  we are not big on veggies. But, momzie is different. She used to give us, her kids, a huge dollop of greens on our plate and made us eat them. It works. None of momzie kids hates veggies. I particularly love her selada padang. This is my tribute to momzie. Without her persistence, I would have never liked greens.

I followed momzie‘s basic recipe and made some changes. I basically used the wrong kind of lettuce. It should be the Lactuca Sativa (common name?) kind. But, I didn’t have it in my fridge. I also don’t have any blender, so I hand-ground my own fried peanuts (heaven help me). But it all worked out nicely :) . Here’s the recipe from my beloved momzie.

I am also submitting this recipe for June’s Masak Bareng Yuuk!

Selada Padang
source: my mother in Padang
serves: 1 plate of selada padang.

4 garlic, quartered, fried, and mashed (you dont need to be excessive with your frying. Fry them for about 30 seconds-1 minute)
1 handful of fried and ground nuts.
vinegar, freshly ground-pepper , salt, and sugar (amount to your liking)
4 boiled egg yolks (use the boiled egg whites for the salad)

1 cucumber, halved and thinly sliced
4-6 potatoes, boiled and cut in bite-size chunks
lettuce, sliced.
one or two handful(s) of fried shallots
melinjo crackers (I dont have it)

direction to make the sauce:
Combine all spices and add in boiled egg yolks.
Set aside.

how to assemble:
Combine veggies, fried shallots, and sauce.
Mix well
Serve with melinjo


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