I think asam payak is no stranger to the locals but I was so wrong. Apparently many don’t know what is asam payak. I tried to find details in Google and got many unrelated results. I can’t seem to find any details for it even wiki didn’t turn up in the result, that’s so odd. I blogged about it years back, now… I’ll blog about it again.
If you’re wondering how’s the taste, it’s sour, very sour but I LOVE it! ;p
In fact this “fruit” (I don’t know which category should it be) is used in many food in Malaysia such as asam laksa or umai. I don’t have much details to share with you. All I can tell you is that it’s sour, only available during its season, June and July(I think… Since I saw it a lot last month and mom bought it this month ;p).
The dish you see here is asam payak served with mixture of belacan, chili, anchovies, sugar and salt. The taste? Sour, salty, and spicy hahaha… Not sweet because less sugar was added and if you have too much sugar for it, it will not taste nice. The main thing to savour is the sourness. It can be served in other way as well but this is the usual way I eat my asam payak.
One word of advise, do not eat too much and when you have empty stomach, you’ll get stomachache.