Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Potatoes & Salted Fish In Lemongrass Sambal (Sauce)


In my house food life is the kilos of potatoes I buy weekly (Spicy Minced Potato Mutton & Lemongrass Chilli Potato), and then must closely trend is Sambal Belacan, and coming with it sambal dishes which obviously features chillies (Kangkung Belacan, Spicy Seafood Fried Rice, Salted Fish Mango, Fried Stingray, Dory Fish Sambal & Belacan Fish Sambal). What a joy. Well, basically we are Malaysians lah! We appreciate our local ingredients, we know its cheaper to cook with those affordable ingredients and we still can have a delicious home cooked meal. Simple as that, so stop complicating your food love, unless of course you feel you are a Westerner who must eat steaks, boring blanched or baked vegetables and mashed potatoes every day. That is really up to you, this recipe is for Malaysians like me. What say you Malaysians? Don't you think our food is the best in the world? Of course. This is it people. The splendid Malaysian Potatoes & Salted Fish Sambal, pair it with Egg Rasam, adui! jilat jari/finger licking, sedap nya/delicious!!

Ingredients
2 potatoes (about 300g) - simmered till tender, cubed and fried (with or without the skin)
150g salted fish - soaked for 10 mins and sliced
1 lemongrass - bruised
3-4 kaffir lime leaves - tear into smaller pieces
4 tbsp oil
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
Salt and sugar for taste

To blend/ground
7 dried red chillies (or as per taste)
1 medium size onion
5 garlic

Method
When oil is heated, fry salted fish till crispy, remove and keep aside
In the same oil, add the blended/grounded ingredients and lemongrass.
Stir and fry till aromatic and oil splits.
Add in the fried potatoes, fried salted fish and lemon juice.
Season with salt and sugar.
Stir all in together for a couple of mins.
Lastly add lime leaves, one good stir and remove from heat.
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17 comments:

  1. The salt fish and the lemongrass are things that I have been wanting to try. I will need to seek both of these out. Your dish here does have some great elements to it and the preparation method, I am sure, gives it a lot of texture. The first paragraph does have a lot of helpful tips. Well done!

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  2. You tempting me with another great recipe,Now I need to go to Asian market to see if they have salt fish,,,,Looks so yummy with nasi Putih !!
    Wow I have kafir lime leaves on my post picture today too :)
    Ridwan

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  3. I love salt fish, but have never had it with sambal. Sounds like an amazing combination with the potatoes - I would devour this, but I think my wife would avoid the fish, unfortunately.

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  4. Your salt fish looks very delicious with that pretty colour from sambal. I am dying to try it.
    I am sure If I make it my husband is going to ask for seconds.

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  5. So appetizing! I love anything with sambal, goes well with rice. :)

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  6. What an interesting combination of flavours with lovely results - I love the photography of this :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself

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  7. I keep finding recipes for salt fish--I really need to locate a source for it. This looks wonderful!

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  8. Very yummy looking preparation of salt fish...

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  9. I think I must come halfway across the world so I can sample all these foods which seem ordinary to you, but exotic to me! Another winner, I'm sure!

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  10. OMG, looks amazing. I love all the flavors, the fish with the lemon grass and kafir leaves must taste yum.

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  11. Thanks everyone for the support and yummy comments. Appreciate each one of it.

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  12. This looks amazing! The colors in the dish are spectacular and terrific ingredients...as usual, Nava!

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  13. nice.. good as appetizer too because of salt fish.

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  14. Hi Nava, sorry that I miss a few of your posting due to chinese new year celebration. Your salt fish dish looks so tempting,sure can have extra rice too. LOL
    Have a great week ahead.

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  15. love your unique take on recipes!! they are yummy!!

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  16. WOW! Such a lovely color. I bet this must have tasted so flavorful and YUM. I just love potatoes, lemon grass...

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