Friday, 11 February 2022

Meat With Belimbing Buluh Strips & Fried Fish With Ginger

This was sometime in January this year before the Chinese New Year. 

Morning sky at 7:30am.
This snapshot was taken halfway during our morning walk.
Morning sky at 7:35am.
Facing the Kledang Hill, 7:40am.
Same as above.
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Our friend's belimbing buluh or cucumber tree has started to fruit.
The above are the belimbing buluh fruits. Belimbing buluh is known as Averrhoa bilimbi and some of the common names are bilimbi, cucumber tree or tree sorrel. The fruits do look like mini cucumbers. It is a small tropical tree native to Malaysia and Indonesia, and can reach up to 15m in height.
Belimbing buluh is a fruit bearing tree.
The fruit is used for its natural sour or acidic flavour. The fruits can be pickled, eaten raw, or added to cooking. I received some belimbing buluh fruits from our friend and was taught how to use it to cook an appetizing dish.
These are the pretty flowers of the belimbing buluh.
This is the dish cooked with belimbing buluh.
Instead of using pickled vegetable (hum choy), just replace it with belimbing buluh cut into thin strips. Fry chopped garlic in oil, stir fried meat strips (I used pork), add in belimbing buluh, chilies, onions and seasoning such as oyster sauce, salt and sugar to taste. Add in some cornflour slurry, taste and serve. Best served with white rice or porridge.
We also had fried fish served with ginger strips and crunchy chili oil on the side. It was a very appetizing dinner eaten with plain white porridge.

Linking to Friday BlissSkywatch Friday & Garden Affair.

You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God.
He's food and drink in the best meal you'll ever eat.
(Matthew 5:6, The Message-MSG)

64 comments:

  1. It is so interesting to see what grows in your place!!
    Here I can see apples and pears in the neighbors´s garden, my parents had cherry and a plum tree. How boring is that! ;-)
    Nice first morning pics, too.

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    1. Hello Iris, your apple, pear, cherry and plum trees are not boring to us at all. We love to see them because we don't have them here.

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  2. I never knew that the belimbing buloh has such pretty flowers! I love belimbing in sambal belacan. I can eat lots of rice when that is served especially with fried fish!

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    1. This is my first time using belimbing buluh to cook. I think I want to try the sambal belacan with belimbing. Yums.

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  3. Belimbing buluh is new to me...love their flowering too.

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  4. I don't think I will ever get to eat meat With Belimbing Buluh Strips ever in my life. The Fried Fish With Ginger looks good but I will spend a long time eating it due to the bones. Guess I will be like your husband, don't prefer to eat fish with bones. Did he eat much of the fish this time?

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    1. This piece of fish had more meat with only the center bone and a bit on the sides. No problem for hubby.

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  5. Oooo...so many belimbing buluh! My friend's, not enough for them to cook their belimbing prawns...and not easy to get at the jungle produce market here. So very nice, that dish - I bought 1 kg from them for our Chinese New Year reunion dinner and thereafter. Your fish dish looks good too!

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    1. Here! Theirs is something like this - you can try cooking it, so good, one plate of rice not enough!
      https://big.com.my/rec/gulai-prawn-with-belimbing-buluh/

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    2. Our friend planted this tree outside their house by the roadside. Some passersby saw the fruits and just before CNY, they plucked most of the fruits leaving the tiny ones behind.

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    3. Thank you for the recipe link. It does look delicious. First, I will have to get some fruits from my friend before I can try this recipe.

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  6. I've never seen this fruit before! It's nice your friend could give you some and you could make it into such a yummy meal :)

    Hope that you are having a nice week :) It's been a big week here for the kids, their first week back at school after the summer holidays!

    Away From The Blue

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    1. Thank you, Mica. I think the kids are looking forward to meet their friends in school.

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  7. ¡Qué exquisito! Buenos ingredientes, buena mezcla y un cielo de primera.

    Todo en orden para pasar un buen día. Saludos

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  8. ...belimbing buluh fruits are new to me, enjoy your weekend, Nancy.

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  9. Beautiful skies! First time seeing and hearing about this belimbing buluh fruit, and it has pretty flowers.
    Have a nice weekend

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  10. I have never come across a cucumber tree before, so nice to learn something new.

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  11. Nice sky :-) I have never heard about Belimbing buluh before :-)

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  12. The belimbing buluh is new to me. I not sure if I would like it. Oh well there are many things that I don't like except Shrimp ( Prawn ) I love shrimps.


    Cruisin Paul

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    1. The belimbing buluh is very sour. I love shrimps too.

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  13. So interesting to read about this cucumber tree, knew nothing about it. Also the red flowers are beautiful.

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  14. El plato de pescado me encanta. El árbol de pepino no lo conocía, las flores se ven bonitas. Besos.

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  15. Malaysia has interesting fruits and vegetables. Those do look like cucumbers. Great post!

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    1. Thank you, Gigi. But they are very sour cucumbers.

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  16. I love your food and when I looked at it my stomach growled.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend, Nancy. ♥

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    1. Thank you, Sandee. Have a fabulous weekend too.

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  17. All great shots Nancy! Have a nice weekend. :)

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  18. I have never heard of this fruit in my life! Do you like it?

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    1. Yes, I like the fruits. Good for cooking appetizing food. I haven't tried other ways of using the fruits.

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  19. Lovely morning sky photos. What interesting looking fruit!

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  20. Hola Nancy. Maravilloso amanecer. Me encanta ese curioso árbol, sus flores y frutas son preciosas. No lo conocía. Besos.

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  21. Those are lovely cloud patterns.

    A cucumber tree, i'd never thought of such a thing. The fruit certainly does look a lot like cucumber, even if it doesn't taste much like it.

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    1. Thank you, Mimi. It is a very sour cucumber fruit. Lol!

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  22. Never heard of Belimbing buluh.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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  23. Wow! Haven't eaten this belimbing for a long time

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    1. Thank you, Thomas. I used to pluck these off the tree to munch when I was a kid. Seldom get to see these in housing estates.

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  24. Oh this fruit grows in bunches. There is a tree in my taman but the fruit grows singly from the tree trunk itself. Maybe coz I can't see up into the branches.

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    1. You can find the fruits in bunches on the trunk and branches.

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  25. Wonderful post ! I have never seen Cucumber tree before , these looks delicious. Thanks for sharing with Garden Affair.

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