Belacan Miding

Dinner, Lunch, Vegetable March 12th, 2007


miding belacan

Fancy a dish of paku miding or miding fern? I tell you, it is absolutely delicious! So far, I have not encountered it in the markets in Kuala Lumpur but it is available in Kuching, Sarawak. If you were to ask me to choose between Belacan Kangkong and Belacan Miding, I will go for the latter anytime. The fern is very crunchy to the bite and tastes wonderful with belacan (shrimp paste).


Miding is quite expensive nowadays. The small bunch above costs RM2.00 per bunch but that is not all. Only the tip of the fern is used in cooking and the rests and discarded due to its tough fibrous feel. On the other hand, the tip is tender yet crunchy to the bite.


miding close up

Back in the years when I used to stay in Kuching, I’ve seen some women gathering the miding fern from thick bushes along the road side. It is no mean feat as much needs to be gathered. The tip of the fern will wilt during cooking and thus, the volume of the dish will decrease. I suppose many people like this dish because it is probably pesticide free. Nature’s good stuff!

And here is my recipe for Belacan Miding


  • About 500 grammes of paku miding (pluck tips only like what is shown above, discard the rest)
  • About 20 to 40 grammes of belacan
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 5 cloves shallots
  • About 30 grammes of dried prawns (pre-soaked for 15 minutes)
  • 5 red chillies (remove seed if you prefer it less spicy)
  • 3 tablespoons warm water
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons cooking oil (palm oil preferred)


Pound or blend belacan, garlic, shallots, dried prawns and red chillies.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in wok and saute belacan mix till aromatic (approximately 1 minute). Add another tablespoon of oil if belacan mix too dry or begin to burn.

Add miding to belacan mix and stir-fry briskly. Add water and continue stir frying till water almost dried up (but miding is moist).

Dish up and serve with steamed white rice.

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  1. 1
    Cynthia J.
    March 12th, 2007 at 11:16 am

    Hi Pablo,

    Your belacan midin really makes me drool….really can’t wait to come home this May….I really miss that wild vege so much..

    Cynthia J.

  2. 2
    March 12th, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    me too…so long never had taste of this Veg….miz so much!

  3. 3
    March 12th, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    Hi. You’ve just been tagged again! Faster faster thank me for the filler posts. Hehe.

  4. 4
    March 12th, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    Have not seen this veg before. What makes it pesticide-free, do you know ?

  5. 5
    March 12th, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    pesticide free because it’s growing wild on roadsides in shrubs areas

  6. 6
    March 12th, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    Reminds me of my distant youth when my mother used to buy sayur paku from the kampung baru market in KL. We usually had it in a coconut based light gravied fried veg dish with sambal usually with small prawns. It was supremely delicious and even more so in my memory!! Think it is referred to as “fiddleferns” which is randomly harvested from the wild in other parts. Certainly not cultivated for consumption.

  7. 7
    March 12th, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    Wah..this one DAMN HOCHIAK! I had it once in KL..only once, some tai chow place was offering it and my dad ordered it cos he used to have it in Kuching all the time while he was working there in his younger days.

    YUMMY 🙂

  8. 8
    March 13th, 2007 at 9:51 am

    I also haven’t seen this fern before. Maybe is a local Malaysian vege?

  9. 9
    March 13th, 2007 at 2:47 pm

    Cynthia J : I remembered you spoke about the miding before I left for Kuching for the CNY holidays. Yeah, it’s one of my must-haves when I go back to Kuching.

    mspretty : Fancy going to Kuching to have this veg??? LOL!

    mumsgather : Thank you! Thank you!

    tigerfish : I think it is not commonly found and bam just answered your next question.

    bam : Thanks bam!

    may : It looks similar to fiddle ferns but I don’t know if it is exactly the same as there are so many types of ferns. Perhaps, paku miding is slightly different from the fiddle ferns. The latter is quite commonly found in Malay cuisine.

    Food-Fusion : You are lucky to have tried it in KL. Something of a rarity nowadays and hence, the increase in prices.

    simcooks : Perhaps it is. Haven’t done enough research by myself. He! He!

  10. 11
    March 14th, 2007 at 3:13 am

    i miss eating midin. i remember visiting kuching and almost every day, we order midin!

    i even bought midin back to Singapore!

    actually colleague at work whose from kuching says another species of it can be picked from the jungles here. hehe.. things pple do to get what they want to eat.

  11. 12
    March 14th, 2007 at 7:20 am

    This just remind me when I followed my mom to pick miding nearby our house, we used to stay in sri aman for 2 years when I was a little girl. I dont think miding grows in Peninsular M’sia soil though..

  12. 13
    almost vegetarian
    July 20th, 2007 at 12:08 am

    Oh, that just looks wonderful. So pretty – like our fiddlehead greens.


  13. 14
    Jennie Ng
    October 22nd, 2007 at 2:07 am


    Please advise where in Kuala Lumpur can I get Sarawak Laksa paste. Awaiting your reply. thanks

  14. 15
    October 22nd, 2007 at 9:07 am

    Jennie : I’m afraid I’ve not come across them in my grocery shopping trips in KL so far. I get them from Kuching when I go back to my in-laws. Perhaps I should start a business selling the paste eh?

  15. 16
    March 15th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Where can I get paku miding?
    i live at gombak,selangor..
    it’s very to find it. I’ve search at market also but couldn’t find it..if anybody know, please to contact me at

  16. 17
    March 17th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Ammar : Unfortunately, I have not been able to find these in KL myself…

  17. 18
    May 27th, 2009 at 12:13 am

    i’ve not seen midin in peninsular malaysia.
    only available in borneo as i’ve been told.

  18. 19
    July 1st, 2009 at 6:13 am

    waa.. really miss this pucuk paku. for those this tryring to find it maybe u could try in pasar malam Taman Medan, PJ. i saw it last time.The makcik told me that the pucuk paku was brought from kelantan.Peninsular also have dis paku miding, but people prefer the another pucuk paku which is pakis perak. but i prefer this one. really not sooooo easy to get this one in KL and selangor. but we have it a lot in Johor.

  19. 20
    December 28th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    its pesticide free cos it grows in the wilds in east m’sia

  20. 21
    February 11th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Miding grows abundantly along the highway to KLIA and LCCT from Serdang. It loves peat swamp. Want to make a trip for “putit paku midin” (picking midin ferns)here? So much fat ‘laddle-heads’ but nobody gathering them…

  21. 22
    February 11th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    OoH..go to Pasar Malam in Serdang. They do sell miding, but what a miserable bundle of fully open laddle-heads. Well, can simmer down my once-in-a-while cravings, although not as nice as the still curled laddle-heads midin. We do have some farms cultivating this midin in Sarawak a few years ago. But nothing beats the thrill of hoisting my ‘tambok’ (dayak basket) and scouring the bush and shrubs for this delicious sayur. We stir-fried them in belacan, yes, and add in oyster mushrooms, the brown fungus all freshly picked from the wild!

  22. 23
    February 20th, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    i’ like this belacan midin very much!!! Anybody have recipe for terung iban? its normally cook with fish and a the taste is a little sour….yummmmyyyy…

  23. 24
    January 7th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    midin is so’s available here in kl but u got to pick (mutit) it yerself.keep a sharp eye for the red tips of the midin along the roadsides near peaty areas.a buddy picked one big ‘nyiru’ -rattan container of the stuff along the kuala selangor road.i think i’m going midin picking this weekend.craving man…..

  24. 25
    August 10th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Was looking for recipe on turnips and found your recipe which is very close to my mum’s. I have just retired and beginning to be interested in cooking. Hence regret did not take much notice of mum’s cooking. Thank u so much for your interesting website,which makes me feel very nostalgic as the recipes of most of the dishes reminded me so much of my mum, who has passed away.


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