Midin Fern – local dish unique to Sarawak (crunchy vegetable is actually a forest fern)

Posted on March 30, 2020 · Posted in Blog, General, Personal

When you visit Kuching in Sarawak, you must try this local dish – Midin. I have blogged about this dish before. the crunchy vegetable is actually a forest fern. My friends tell me that it can even be found growing by the roadside. Midin actually grows wild in swampy and forested areas in Sarawak. It seems the pucuk paku that you can get in West Malaysia comes from a different variety of ferns.

Midin has curly fronds and it is very crunchy even after it has been cooked. The natives have always considered the fern a tasty, nutritious vegetable and the jungle fern’s rise from rural staple to urban gourmet green occurred in the 1980s with the increased urban migration of the Iban, Orang Ulu and other groups.

We bought two bundles at RM2 each from the Satok weekend market. We were to find out that the Midin was not as crunchy as those that we had eaten at restaurants. According to my friend, it was because the harvested Midin had been left around for more than two days. Midin stays fresh up to two days after harvesting.

Midin is enjoyed by all and most restaurants in Kuching have the curly fronds on their menu, often stir-fried with sambal belacan. It can also be cooked in two other ways. I prefer it stir-fried with ikan bilis, onions and calamansi; I like the tangy taste. The other way is to stir-fry it with red rice wine. Only the tender part of the fronds is used for cooking.ivyidaong4.blogNatural memory enhancer