Acar, a very delicious side dish my grandmother always prepare for us. It is actually a pickling of vegetables and fruits. Pineapple, cucumber, carrot, red onion and chili are usually used as the ingredients. In Malaysia, you can always find them at the Malay food stall. I like its sour and sweet but not so spicy taste. However, if you like extra spicy in your acar, you can add a few bird’s eye chilies (chilli padi).
I believe you heard of Acar Awak or Nyonya Acar. It is a variation of Malaysian recipe. Compare to ordinary recipe, it is more elaborate and containing additional vegetables such as cabbages, French bean and long bean. An aromatic spice paste is used in the pickling mix as well.
In my recipe I used Japanese cucumber, which is crisp, crunchy, succulent and tender firm. Its flavours are bright, effervescent and melon-like. Here is my simple recipe. It is really easy to make and you can keep them for few days in the refrigerator. I would highly recommend you try out this recipe if you like vegetable pickle food. It’s yummy! Enjoy!