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Tomato salad (Salat tomat)

Australian Gourmet Traveller Malaysian banquet recipe for tomato salad (salat tomat)

By Tony Tan
  • Serves 6
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Tomato salad (Salat tomat)
This is a new dish I ate recently at Amandari Malay Restaurant in Penang. Traditionally, tomatoes as a salad are served unadorned. At most, a dip combining roasted shrimp paste, pounded chilli and sometimes a dash of sugar may be served, but here I was surprised to be offered a dip of dark soy, mixed with roasted coconut, palm sugar and chilli. It reminded me of a Thai dip as it was sweet, hot and coconutty.


  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 60 ml kecap manis (¼ cup)
  • 1 tsp finely grated dark palm sugar (gula melaka)
  • 3 small red chillies, finely chopped
  • 6 vine-ripened tomatoes, thickly sliced


  • 1
    In a small pan, dry-roast desiccated coconut over medium heat, stirring frequently, until golden and fragrant. In a small bowl, combine kecap manis, dark palm sugar and chilli and season to taste with sea salt.
  • 2
    Add all but 1 tsp of coconut to kecap manis mixture and stir to combine. To serve arrange tomatoes in a bowl, drizzle with dressing and scatter with remaining coconut.
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