Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Umai is actually a native food of the Melanau in Mukah. Incase you don't know what umai is, Umai is actually a Malaysian version of sashimi.

It used to be made of thinly sliced raw fish but now they use prawn and squid as well. Prawn is my personal favourite ;p

First you need prawn. Slice them thinly.

The rule of the thumb is that the prawn must be really fresh. It must not be refrigerated or frozen. It must be fresh from the sea. Like 5-6 hours (maximum) after catching them from the sea.

Then you need lots of lime and chilli.

You can also use calamansi lime. Depands on which one you prefer.

You also need shallots, garlic and ginger.

All this to be sliced thinly.

and add 2 tea spoon of rice vinegar.

Squeeze the lime, then mixed them with the vinegar, sliced chili, shallots, ginger and garlic and add a tea spoon of sugar.

Leave it to marinate and "cook" for about 1 hour.

Ready to serve!

Try it! It serves as a good appetizer.


Anonymous said...

Looks tasty. My salive is flowing like crazy.

Melanie said...

anonymous : try it, very easy to prepare :)

Anonymous said...

cook? you mean the vinegar cooked the prawn?

Melanie said...

anonymous anonymous :
the lime and vinegar does its role in
"cooking" the prawn.. or if you wanna put it in easier words - kill the germs.
Kinda like when you eat sashimi with lemon.

WendyinKK said...

The prawns really look fresh..
Must be really yummy.

I've heard of ppl using acids(lime/vinegar) to cook squid, but it's my first time seeing prawns!!
Thanks for sharing!