Rojak

Rojak is a fruit and vegetable salad dish commonly found in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia (where it is called Rujak). The term “Rojak” is Malay for mixture, is also used as a colloquial expression for an eclectic mix, and in particular is often used to describe the multi-ethnic character of Malaysian and Singaporean society.

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The dish was combination of fresh fruit and cuttlefish mixed with a brown sauce. It was thick, fishy, salty and sweet. Why you would put the sauce on delicious fresh fruit is beyond me, but we tried it and tried our best to eat it. Sounds harmless right? Well, not so fast. It was not harmless and I wasn’t even the one to try the cuttlefish. We did not know what cuttlefish was before this moment, and had to ask afterward due to the response our mouth had to this ingredient. This is what it looks like in nature…images

And this is what it looks like in the Rojak…

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After about two bites each, we could not finish the dish, but I could not think of wasting all of that wonderfully fresh fruit so what did I do? I washed it. (Please don’t tell Lai Wan.) I took it to the sink, rinsed off the sauce, ditched the cuttle fish and dug in. The fruit was left with a slightly less offensive salty flavor that was actually quite tolerable. After that, I at up all of the delicious fruit and loved it.

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