Pulut Udang Medan, Medan Shrimp Rolls
For those who know about Nyonya or Peranakan food will recognize this pulut udang. Medan is very famous with its pulut udang. Just like in Malaysia and Singapore, Medan (located on Sumatra island) calls sticky rice as pulut. Since I grew up in Java, I’ve known sticky rice as ketan.
Medan is a city that has a rich heritage of Chinese, Malay and Indian as well as a place where you can count for its food hawkers in Indonesia beside Jakarta, Bandung, Malang, Surabaya, Makassar and Manado. I don’t have a much memory of Medan as I first visited it when I was 2 years old, then the second visit when I was 9 or 10 years old. The last visit was on December 2000 and the most memorable when I got to know more about my extended paternal family and traveled to other small towns in North Sumatra, Sibolga and Barus. I didn’t recall the name of a small island that close to Barus where I saw a baby shark for the first time when I was swimming in the ocean. Also, I tasted the freshest coconut water and ocean fish ever. The tastiest fish gulai that was made by my extended family with ample of fresh coconut milk. However, there was one thing that ruined my holiday at that time. I had a bad stomach ache due to my unlimited durian consumption as Medan is known for a cheap and yummy durian in the country.
Back to Medan culinary, here is a recipe of Pulut Udang that I got from The Best Indonesian Dessert Cookbook by Yasaboga. This book was published in Indonesian and English. I have the English one. From the recipe, I twisted a bit by adding lemongrass and pandan leaves in boiling coconut milk to fragrance the pulut.
In this post, I’d like to greet all Muslim readers “Eid Mubarak, Happy Eid ul-Fitr”. I don’t mean to say this late greeting, but some circumstances have made me away for a while to blog .
Pulut Udang Medan
Spices to be pounded or ground:
2. Level about 3-5 tablespoons steamed coconut sticky rice on a 15-centimeter sheet of banana leaf. Place on 1 tablespoon filling on the center. Roll it up tightly with a diameter of 2-centimeter. Wrap and fasten both ends of banana leaf with a wooden toothpick. Repeat this step until all ingredients are used up.
3. Barbeque or roast the rolls on a charcoal grill until the leaves turn darker on some places. In this case, I used a broil method in the oven.