Thursday, September 16, 2010

Nyonya Fish Sambal/Sauce

We Malaysians are a colorful lot. We are in fact the colors of Malaysia. We may bitch, we may complain and we can be at logger head over literally every small matter in Malaysia, yet when it comes to food, we all compromise. We are truly the food pride of the world. Wouldn't you agree Malaysians? Food is like a glue or gum which binds all of us together and every occasion must be associated with food, and food and food. Nyonya Fish Sambal/Sauce? What must I say. One of it in our Malaysian food composite. From the straits of Malacca and also straits of Penang where all things spices nice started and slowly, Nyonya cuisine becoming part and parcel of our Malaysian food eating and living. How do we cook Nyonya Fish Sambal/Sauce? Follow this recipe of mine and you will be in the good hands of your own hands cooking. Fried fish tipped into sambal paste and the aroma of kaffir lime leaves. Bang! The revelation and explosion of Nyonya cuisine (Sambal Tumis Ikan Pari, Assam Fish Curry, Kangkung Belacan & Chilli Soy Fish). 

4 pieces of Indian mackerel (gut, clean and cut into two; mix with 1 tsp turmeric powder and salt)
1 tbsp dried chilli paste (blended/grounded dried chillies)
1 tbsp shallot paste
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1 big onion ( slice into thick rings)
(Note: you can also blend dried chillies, shallots, ginger and garlic for the sambal paste)
1 lemongrass/serai (chopped)
4-5 kaffir lime leaves (tear into pieces)
1tbsp tamarind/assam juice
1 tsp shrimp/belacan powder
1 tsp brown sugar
Oil as needed
Salt for taste

Deep fry fish, remove and keep aside.
Leave about 3 tbsp of oil in the same wok. 
Fry ginger paste, garlic paste, shallot paste, shrimp powder, lemongrass and chilli paste till aromatic and oil splits. 
Pour tamarind juice, season with salt and sugar.
(for more gravy, add water)
Stir and add fried fish, onion rings and lime leaves. 
Stir to coat fish in the sambal.
Dish out.  


  1. This is an absolute yum navaneetham

  2. Lovely sambal .... plz visit my blog too. ... thank you


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