Monday, May 23, 2011

Young Cashew Nut (Daun Janggus Muda) Leaves - A Tasty Ulam (Salad)

The cashew nut' leaves (daun janggus muda) above sure look like some kind of bettle. Young cashew nut leaves have very nice sweet aroma and are really tasty if made into ulam (Asian salad). You can eat them raw with sambal belacan or a more extreme way, with Otak Udang (Prawn paste, Har Ko, Heh Ko).
I used to pluck these leaves from the plant near my neighbour's house when I was a kid. Then, I would happily bring them home and after a quick wash, ate them raw with rice. However, the resin from the plant can stain your hands black, so better use a glove when you are plucking these leaves.

14 comments:

Yvonne said...

Em... not a big fan of ulam here. Always get stomach upset after eating ulam - guess it must be psychology issue.... hehehe!

mNhL said...

Never like ulam...but love that sambal belacan.

Small Kucing said...

cashew nut is buah gajus is it? Yikes...saw a lot at a petrol station otw to K.T. didnt know can eat the leaf punya.

Btw, u makan ulam raja or not? got the plants? if tarak, email me. WIll get the seeds from FIL and send to u

suituapui said...

Oh? But for ulam, I prefer everything boiled or steamed...or at least, blanched. No so use to eating it raw.

Pete said...

Smallkucing : Can eat only the young leaves....old one lots of sap. Raja Ulam don't really take unless during buffet meal. But i heard got lots of health benefits....maybe next time will plant these. Need to find new plot to plant these....LOL!

Bananazஇ said...

Got one big cashew nut tree near my school used to throw at the fruits. Didnt know can eat the young leaves. tQ

Hayley said...

I also dont like ulam... =_=

Wai Kitt said...

Ulam?!sorry not for me too.However i never seen this kind of leaves so far.

MaryMoh said...

You can plant cashew nuts there??? Wow..I didn't know that. The leaves looks so fresh. Bet they are very delicious with some sambal....mmmm

willie a.k.a reptoz said...

Hmmm... I think I've tried these leaves before. But anything called "ulam" definitely I like....

Christine said...

so interesting Pete, I didn't know you could eat the leaves. I'd certainly try it.

reanaclaire said...

hey, i dont mind eating those raw.. wanna try a bit! a bit only.. hahaa..

Alice Law said...

Interesting! Interesting! I nvr hv these before!:)

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

My lecturer told us to pluck some of these and put in our mouths. I never like it as it taste very astringent. But I love other type of ulams, especially ulam raja.

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