Shrimp & Vegetable Pickle

Origin: Kupang – East Nusa Tenggara Province

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  • 400 gr large sized shrimps, peeled
  • 2 pc of middle sized cucumbers, discard the seeds, roughly sliced
  • 1 pc tomato, discard the seeds, dice
  • flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • a pinch of pepper
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste
  • 200 ml water
  • vegetable oil


  • 4 pc large red chillies, thinly sliced
  • 50 gr asian shallots, thinly sliced (replace with french shallot if not available)
  • 2 cm fresh ginger, thinly sliced

Shrimp & Vegetable Pickle

There are many varieties of Indonesian pickles, such as cucumber & carrot pickle, Madurese vegetable pickle and many more.In Indonesia, pickles are usually served as a condiment for fried rice, savory meat pancake (Martabak Telur) & various seafood dishes.A famous variant among them is "Acar Kupang" or Shrimp & Vegetable Pickle which originated from Kupang, the capital city of East Nusa Tenggara Province.The combination between shrimps, cucumber and tomato blend in sour-spicy dressing, makes this pickle a simply unique in taste & flavours ;-).


  • Peel-off and devein the shrimps /if necessary and rinse under running water. Put aside.
  • Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise, use a spoon to discard the seeds.
  • Slice the cucumber about 1 cm thick. Put aside.
  • Cut the tomato in half, discard the seeds & cut in dice.
  • Peel-off (if necessary) and slice the seasonings ingredients: chilis, shallots and fresh ginger. Set aside.
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a frying pan and saute the seasoning ingredients.
  • Stirring all the time until fragrant and well cooked (approx. 2 minutes).
  • Add the shrimps, Stir quickly until the shrimps become harder & it's colour turns to whiten.
  • Add the water and bring to boil over medium heat. Switch off the stove and remove from heat.
  • Add salt, sugar, pepper and vinegar/wine vinegar. Stir to mix
  • Add the sliced cucumber and tomato. Stir throughly to mix.
  • Adjust the taste, add salt, sugar or vinegar if necessary.
  • Let it cool for about 15 minutes for the sesonings to seep into the pickle.
  • Last but not least, add flat parsley as a garnish. Serve right away.
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