Mom’s Secret Recipe of Rojak

Rojak is a traditional fruit and vegetable salad dish commonly found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. It is usually best for appetizer. There are two types of Rojak. First is adapted from the Malays and Chinese cuisines, it is composed of beansprouts, greens, tau pok (or deep-fried soybean cake), you tiao (a crispy long strip of fried flour) pineapple, cucumber, and some finely chopped roasted peanuts and with a spicy fermented prawn paste sauce. Another version was from India, the difference is just that of its color because it is more reddish, and another is it is spicier.

In Singapore, This dish is very popular, so if you want to have this dish it wouldn’t be a hassle! But if you wanted to do it yourself here is the instruction:

To make the dressing, soak the tamarind pulp in a little water until soft. Strain it into a large bowl – it should be a thick puree. Add the remaining dressing ingredients and mix well to a thick sauce consistency. Taste to see if you have added enough chilli and palm sugar.

Blanch the bean sprouts for 10 seconds in boiling water. Remove with a slotted spoon and leave to drain. Repeat with the water spinach. Drain and roughly cut.

Place the tofu puffs and dough stick under a griller or in a hot oven for a few minutes to crisp up. Leave to cool, then cut into bite-sized pieces.

Add the sliced fruit and vegetables to the dressing along with the bean sprouts, water spinach, tofu and dough stick. Mix well, coating everything in the dressing. Spoon into serving bowls and scatter with the crushed peanuts.1

According to this Singaporean Food Blog ( She tried rojak at Mobile Penang rojak stall (on motorbike), Pasarmalam at Taman Century (but only on Mondays). Another Food blog ( said that the best Rojak in Singapore is at Brother Rojak at Clementi Avenue 3.The rojak is priced at $3 to $8 with the selection of add on such as Tau Pok, Youtiao or Sotong.He said that the Brothers Rojak does not usually come with a lot of ingredients but if you want an extraordinary rojak, then, they will add it on with a little more cost. The sauce of their rojak is very unique and one of a kind! The savoury sauce has a nice lemon zest that accentuated the natural flavours of each ingredient in the mixture. Their rojak has lots of sauce compare to other rojak stalls.

There are lots of rojak stores in Singapore! Why not try each and every version of them! Or if you want a customized rojak, you can make it at home and share with the whole family!


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