My parents went to Pontian Kechil, Johor last weekend. Pontian Kechil is a well-known fishing village in the southern tip of Malaysia. In fact, drive a further 20 km or so southbound and you would have reached the southern-most tip of Asia!

Gorgeous Pineapple skin

Anyway, a short 15 minutes drive from Pontian Kechil towards the direction of Johor Bahru will lead you to a town called Pekan Nenas (which literally means “Pineapple Village” in Malay). Pekan Nenas has many pineapple plantations and is the biggest exporter of pineapples from Malaysia. My parents bought 2 pineapples home and we had Pineapple Prawn Sambal last night.

Pineapple Prawn Sambal

The sweetness and slight sourness of the pineapples complimented well with the freshness of the prawns as well as the spicyness of the sambal chilli. A definite good companion to steaming hot rice!

This is the recipe:-


  • 300 grammes fresh medium-sized prawns (shell and deveined)
  • 2 large onions (quartered)
  • 150 grammes of pineapple (cubed)
  • Sugar to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon of cooking oil

Sambal :

  • 5 dried red chillis (pre-soaked for 30 minutes and remove seeds if want it to be less hot)
  • 10 bulbs shallots
  • 5 bulbs cloves garlic
  • 3 slices of galangal


Blend or pound sambal ingredients till fine.

Heat oil in wok and fry sambal ingredients at medium heat till fragrant (about 2 minutes) taking care not to over-burn the ingredients. Add onions and continue stirring for about another minute.

Increase to high heat and add prawns and pineapples. Continue stirring till prawns are cooked. Add sugar and salt to taste. Add a little warm water if you prefer some gravy.

Bon appetit!

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  1. 1
    February 9th, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    Hi, thanks for leaving a message on my food blog 😀

    I think this recipe here with prawns and pineapple is very HOCHIAK! 😉

  2. 2
    February 9th, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    Elaine : Come and chiak when you are free 😀

  3. 3
    May 30th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    In pontian town have a ‘sup kambing’ is very nice to try,if you come pontian you can contact me, i bring you to chiak

  4. 4
    S W Ling
    January 18th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Re:Pineapple Prawn Sambal

    Hi, needed clarification on the garlic for the above. My understanding of a bulb is the whole garlic while clove is the segments of the bulb.Does the other ingredients mentioned justify the 5 bulbs of garlic required? Thanks

  5. 5
    January 18th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    S W Ling : Thanks for pointing it out. It should be cloves 😀

  6. 6
    S W Ling
    January 18th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Thank you for your prompt reply!! Being a professional and yet to get to answer all the queries in such fast pace is amazing. Will now adjust the ingredients getting ready for dinner tonight. Thanks again

  7. 7
    January 18th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    S W Ling : It so happen that I’m online and I saw your alert coming in. Glad that you notified me about it. Otherwise, I’ll be causing lots of garlic breath in my readers who attempt this dish. Bon appetit!

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