Rujak, an Indonesian fruit salad, a scrumptious mix of spicy, sweet, salty, tangy, & crunchy textures all at once!
What a week!
Happy Friday! This whole week has been crazy bananas.
This week is already starting to be one of those ‘where did the heck did the time go?’ weeks. And just like that, Thursday is here again.
But I promise that I will share something awesome today, like Christmas comes early and you have a new toy to play with. First of all, I love fruits and we always have smoothies for breakfast and oranges for snacks. Not to mention avocado in our salad or an avocado smoothie when we’re bored with our salad. In short, our home is always filled with fruits; however, there are fruits that go bad very fast, within 2-3 days. I always feel bad when fruits go bad that fast and always feel hesitant to buy them.
Thankfully, I have a new toy that I really like. Vacuvita is a food storage container that helps save food and money. Vacuvita is completely automatic and sustainable, and this system keeps your food fresh for up to 5 times longer! Vacuvita’s vacuum storage system keeps your food away from moisture, oxygen, and anything else that negatively affects your food’s shelf life.
The Vacuvita’s Home Base, the system’s main unit, is the ideal way to keep your food fresh without having to put it in the refrigerator. That’s right – you can leave it out on your countertop without a worry. You can also use it to apply vacuum power to bags and containers. This product also has plastic bags that you can use to sous-vide your favorite dinnertime meal while locking in the moisture.
Since I have shared my sous-vide recipe here before, today I’m sharing my Rujak Salad recipe that I make from the fruits I keep using Vacuvita. Rujak (or rojak in Malaysia) is a traditional fruit and vegetable salad dish commonly found in Indonesia. There are lots of variations to rujak; however, the most popular one is rujak buah (fruit salad).
Unlike the fruit salads that most of us know, rujak is a spicy and tangy fruit salad. This is thanks to the hot, sweet, and spicy dressing which is made using palm sugar, peanuts, and ground chili pepper.
Typically, Indonesian rujak is made using fresh fruits and vegetables. However, rujak in Singapore and Malaysia is influenced heavily by Indian elements, and is mixed with crackers, fried tofu, cruller, and fritters.
Rujak is a traditionally a vegetarian dish, but the tangy and sweet dressing does sometimes contain shrimp paste. Some people do add meat or seafood. Rujak in Singapore and Malaysia is often made with sotong (cuttlefish), and some Indonesian rujak recipes are made with meat or seafood too.
Here is a quick and simple rujak buah recipe that you are bound to love:
Indonesian Rujak Buah
- 1 cucumber
- 1 apple
- 1 medium sweet potato
- 1 peeled mango
- 1 small peeled pineapple
- 1 peeled jicama
- 100g roasted peanuts
- 100g palm sugar
- 1 red chili pepper
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 tsp shrimp paste (optional)
- 50ml water
- Cut the salad fruit into slices.
- With a mortar and pestle, grind the sauce ingredients until it is a smooth sauce.
- Pour the sauce over the sliced fruits and toss well.
It’s that simple!
And today, there’s even better news. One of you can win this Vacuvita food storage system so you can start saving on food and money. No more food waste, peeps. Simply enter the giveaway here and good luck!