Wild Fern Shoots or what the malays called them Pucuk Paku Pakis were eaten only by the malays , I remembered my Mom told me that the chinese doesn't know how to eat them during her time :) But now it has become a delicacy veggie dish among the chinese and even some restaurants are having them as one of the dishes served. Normally served as Stir Fry Wild Fern Shoots With Shrimp Paste, a simple stir fry but appetizing at the same time.
You can add in the stems if they are young and stir fry them with garlic, chilli paste, shrimp paste and dried shrimps or fresh shrimps. My malay colleagues love them in salad - Kerabu Paku Pakis is also another appetizing dish for me :) No matter how you cook them , they will still turn out great. A lovely veggie dish to whet my appetite :p I can have just this dish with piping hot steamed rice !
I was surprised that Piggy gal loves this dish too and asked me to fry this again for her this weekend :) I don't mind cooking this again for it is truly easy cooking. It is flavorful with the shrimp paste and dried shrimps and every Malaysian would love eating this dish :)
Stir Fry Wild Fern Shoots With Shrimp Paste
500gms of wild fern shoots - washed ,cleaned and cut into 1.5 inch lengths
take only the young shoots
3 tbsp of dried shrimps -soaked and drained dry
5 pips of garlic - crushed and chopped
1 tbsp of chilli paste
1/2 thumb size shrimp paste
3 tbsp grapeseed oil
Heat up the grapeseed oil in wok under medium high heat. Add in ingredients (A) and saute till fragrant. Add in the cut wild fern shoots and stir fry till cooked and fragrant. Off the heat and dish up. Serve hot with steamed rice.
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