Stir Fried Spicy Horse Bush @ Petai Laut

This is the very first time I came to know about this Horse Bush @ Petail Laut. It was introduced to me by the orang asli where we met during our last 4x4 trip. He purposely climbed up the tree to collect it. This kind of petai is very rare and not easy to be found these days due to logging problems. It actually smell just like the common petai but a bit stinkier. The price range is around $30-40 ringgit per kilo (gross weight). A friend told me, this petai is only sold at the price of RM$5 per condensed milk tin (net) about 35 years back but mostly found at northern part of Malaysia.

As for taste testing, I prefer to prepare this dish with simple ingredients in lighter flavouring.

The seeds are rounder than the common stink beans/petai and the smell is thick & strong. Weird though cause it doesn't taste as it smells.

Ingredients :
200gm  petai laut (whole, halved or chopped)
1 large   onion, sliced
6 bird-eye chilies, thinly sliced
some dried enchovies, rinsed
some dried shrimps, soaked
salt & pepper to taste

Method :
(1) preheat frying pan or wok with just enough cooking oil, fry enchovies till brown & crispy, then set aside.
(2) now, with the same pan brown the dried shrimps then stir in chilies & onion and continue saute till aromatic.
(3) finally, add in petai and seasoning and let to cook for another 2 minutes then off the heat immediately & not to forget to mix in the fried enchovies. Serve with white rice.


  1. Completely new to did they taste, like beans or fruit?

  2. Howdy Angie ! The beans taste like fruit but smell like stink bean. Weird huh !
    Blessings, Kristy


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