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Spicy Bittermelon and Anchovy with Tauco: Tumis Pare Teri Bumbu Tauco

Spicy Bittermelon and Anchovieswith Tauco
 
Bittermelon, Anchovy, TaucoThose are  3 great combination for a vegetable dish.  My relationship with bittermelon was starting when I lived my own in Bogor, the southern suburban Jakarta where Sundanese predominant and love to eat vegetables esp. in the raw form.
 

These tiny anchovies or we call it “Teri Medan” and Tauco are really great addition to balance out the bitterness of bittermelons.  Tauco is salted fermented soybeans and pronounced tow chow. They were brought to Indonesia by Chinese immigrants. It has cooperated with Indonesian culinary for centuries. Each regions of Indonesia have different type of tauco.  In this recipe, I used Tauco Medan.  The kind of tauco that I’m used to have as a kid.

In Canada, you can always get Tauco that is imported from China.  It’s sold in whole and paste form. It’s similar to miso in Japanese cuisine.  Tauco is great to season chicken, fsh, tofu, beef or any vegetable dish.  Mostly, tauco isn’t a gluten free product.

Spicy Bittermelon and Anchovy with Tauco

Ingredients:
2 bittermelons; halve, discard the seed and cut into 3/4 cm thick
150 g salted tiny anchovies; soaked in water to reduce the saltiness and drained
4 tbsp tauco Medan
2 Indonesian bay leaves
1 cm length galangal
2 green chilies, angle cut
3 red chilies, angle cut
oil for stir-frying

Spices to grind or slice:
5 shallots (If you use smaller size, use 8)
1 clove garlic

Ingredients for Spicy Bittermelons

Directions:
1. Blanch bittermelons by bringing water with salt to a boil. Add sliced bittermelons. Turn off the heat. Let sit for 30 secs, drain and run under cold water.

2. Stir fry Indonesian bay leaves, galangal and anchovies in a hot oil. Add shallot, garlic, chilies and tauco.

3. Once the fragrant smell in the air, stir in bittermelons. Keep stirring for another minute or 2 minutes.

4. Taste and season if you need.

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25 thoughts on “Spicy Bittermelon and Anchovy with Tauco: Tumis Pare Teri Bumbu Tauco”

  1. Our local way is to stir fry with some fermented black beans and beaten egg, but I like the Indonesian style u whipped up. Shall try it one day! Love tauco & chilli!

  2. @ Anh: Let me know how it turns out@ Manda: hahahaha foto yang berbicara@ Noobcook: Did you know also that the Indonesians use bittermelon for style of steamed dumplings, kinda like dim sum. Stuffed with fish paste and steam then serve with peanut sauce and sambal.

  3. Our local way is to stir fry with some fermented black beans and beaten egg, but I like the Indonesian style u whipped up. Shall try it one day! Love tauco & chilli!

  4. @ Anh: Let me know how it turns out

    @ Manda: hahahaha foto yang berbicara

    @ Noobcook: Did you know also that the Indonesians use bittermelon for style of steamed dumplings, kinda like dim sum. Stuffed with fish paste and steam then serve with peanut sauce and sambal.

  5. How do you expect me to eat my boring sandwich for lunch after looking at these gorgeous dishes!!! :-)Will you be my cyber bride and cook for me?? I'll clean up after!!

  6. How do you expect me to eat my boring sandwich for lunch after looking at these gorgeous dishes!!! 🙂

    Will you be my cyber bride and cook for me?? I'll clean up after!!

  7. Yusy Sriwindawati

    huhuhu…liat fotonya jadi ngeces lagi…apalagi fotonya ciamik gini…tambah banjiiir dech neh…secara ini neh paporit banged!!!

  8. Yusy Sriwindawati

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