Penang Malaysian Food: Acar


One of the popular dishes of Malaysia is Acar. It is a salad that is usually made in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. It is prepared from various vegetables such as yard long beans, carrots and cabbage. These vegetables are pickled in dried chilies and vinegar. Then these are tossed with ground peanuts. The dish is easy to make and can be served readily.

There are variations of acar salad such as Nyonya acar, and Malay acar. Nyona acar is usually known as Acar Awak and it is a more elaborated dish containing variety of vegetables such as eggplants and aromatic spices pickled in vinegar.

It is usually served as an appetizer or as a condiment to be eaten with main course. Indonesians make acar in a slight different way. Small chunks of cucumber, carrot, shallot and pineapple, marinated in sour vinegar and sweet sugary solution are added. Lemongrass and ginger are also included to spice up the taste.

This salad is also added in a Thai Cuisine where it is known as ACHAT where it is served with red chillies, red onions, shallots, vinegar, sugar and salt. In Thai Cuisine it is served as a side dish.

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