114 Sayur Oblok Oblok


The name alone is fun already. This sayur oblok oblok is a vegetable soup with tempe. If you replace the broth with vegetable bouillon this dish is vegetarian as well.

The recipe contains quite a few different ingredients, but in terms of seasoning it is easy. For the first time I use ebi: dried shrimp. They add a lot of flavor and smell to the dish. Delicious. It seems as if they enhance the flavor of the petai beans. I love petai beans. They are super creamy and fragrant. Their taste is crucial to the whole dish. Petai beans are also known as peteh bean, bitter bean, twisted cluster bean, stinker or stink bean.

This time I use Savoy cabbage. The tender cabbage and the curly leaves help to let the flavor of the broth stick to the cabbage.

Sayur Oblok Oblok translated from Beb Vuyk Groot Indonesisch Kookboek, page 123.


200 grams green beans
200 grams of cabbage (green, white, or savoy cabbage)
Half block tempeh
3 green chilies
5 petai beans (fresh or salted)
2 tablespoons ebi
1/4 block santen


3/4 liter of meat broth, or stock cube
3 tablespoons chopped onions
2 chopped cloves of garlic
2 teaspoons sambal terasi
1 teaspoon laos
2 salam leaves

Leave the ebi for at least 1 hour in a bowl of water. Peel the petai beans and cut them into quarters; the salted petai must be soaked in water first. Rub the herbs except for the salam leaves together. Bring the vegetables and the green chilies, split open en unseeded, to a boil. Add the herbs, the petai and the soaked ebi. Cut the cabbage into large pieces, the tempe into cubes of 2 cm +/- and break the beans in half. Cook them in the broth with the santen and the salam leaves.


Quite a lot of different ingredients go into this sayur. It is super healthy and with a vegetable stock it’s vegetarian too. Make sure your vegetables stay crisp. Do not cook them too long. Selamat makan!

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