Thursday, January 2, 2014

Spiced Boiled Peanuts (With Shell) 【带壳五香花生】

I was shopping for Christmas dinner at the Asian supermarket the other day and saw these fresh peanuts packed by the pound. I instantly had the vision of stall selling steamed peanuts at roadside/Pasar Malam back in Malaysia. Those were just peanuts freshly harvest boiled and steamed in salt water, it is a simple, earthly and super yummy snacks!

I grabbed a bag of the peanuts, went home and made this five spice (五香)boiled peanuts. This snack is simply Perfect! You just gotta try this out!



1 lb/450 g freshly harvest peanuts in shells

For the spiced water:
6-7 Dried red chilies
2-3 Star anise
1 Cinnamon stick
2 Bay leaves
1 tsp lightly crushed black pepper corn
1 tsp of Sichuan pepper (Hua Jiao) (Optional)
2 tbsp Salt (yup, it has to be super salty for the taste to penetrate the shell!)
1/2 pot of Water


1 磅/450 克 带壳花生


6-7 根 辣椒干

2-3 个 八角/大料

1 段 桂皮

2 片 桂叶

1 小勺 黑胡椒(稍微捣碎)

1 把 花椒 (Optional)

2 大勺 盐 (对,就是要咸一点,不然花生不入味)

半锅水 (水一定要没过花生)

1. Bring the spices listed under ingredients and water to boil, turn the heat to low.

2. Clean the peanuts and add it into pot, bring the water to boil and turn the heat to medium low again. Simmer the peanuts for at least 45 minutes, I liked my peanuts super soft thus I simmered mine for 3 hours.

3. Turn the stove off and leave the peanuts in spiced water with lid covered for over night.

4. Drain and serve the next day/

1. 把所有香料加到半锅水里煮滚后转小火。

2. 花生洗净,加入香料水里加盖大火煮滚后转小火。喜欢脆一点的口感煮45分钟即可,我喜欢花生糯糯的,就煮了三个小时。

3. 熄火后加盖焖着泡上3个小时,泡一个晚上更好。