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February 11, 2009

Urap (Bean Sprout Salad)

Filed under: Asians, Cooking, Gluten-Free, Malaysians, Side Dishes — nshahida @ 10:15 pm


Urap or sometimes kerabu , I love this Southeast Asian dish especially in Malaysia because everything is in here except for kitchen sink. The nutty flavor landed from toasted coconut, the saltiness from roasted anchovies .. you don’t even need to add salt to it. Adding ginger really kicks up the Asian flavor .

I can’t say anything else to prove how good this urap is.. if you are Malaysian and familiar with this vegetable salad, you will definitely understand what I am saying. For those who have yet to try this.. it’s just about time to have your first taste .

This vegetable dish is very simple to make. You can get it done with eyes closed , trust me! It doesn’t need any cooking process except for toasting. To show how simple it is, see the recipe below and you will nod your head.


Urap ( makes 3 Cups)


  • 1/2 Cup dried anchovies or dried shrimp or canned tuna, stir fry and ground into coarse meal
  • 1/2 Cup grated coconut,toasted (like making kerisik) , ground into coarse meal (see Notes)
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 thinly sliced fresh ginger, match stick size
  • 1 1/2 Cup fresh green beans, crosswise sliced, 1/8 inch thick
  • 1 Cup fresh bean sprout
  • salt, to taste


In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and lightly toss them until well incorporated. Cover the bowl, let it stand for at least 1 hour.

Ready to serve with hot plain white rice or enjoy as is.

Shida’s Notes:

1- Ground the toasted coconut just into coarse meal. Stop before it starts become too oily and runny. It’s not like making kerisik.

2- Sliced baked beef can also be added in to add more texture and flavor.


1 Comment »

  1. oh boy, just when i finished having lunch I suddenly see this…It looks delicious! I’ll try to make this one for dinner! I would like to invite you to – the cooking encyclopedia everyone can edit. We have lots of easy recipes you can try, so do check us out. Would also love a link to this post from our site.(This will direct Foodista readers to your blog)Here’s how you can create inbound links from our site Check it out here. This is a great way for you to build blog traffic and connect with other food lovers! Also feel free to share your recipes and tips with us!Thanks!

    Comment by thumbbook — February 12, 2009 @ 3:25 am

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