Saturday, December 19, 2015

Cencaru Sumbat Sambal/Fish Stuffed With Spicy Paste (Baked)

The goody good, supposedly, fish is back in action today (Claypot Sri Lankan Fish Curry & Keluak Nyonya Fish Curry). What else is new in my kitchen? You tell me please. Fish indeed. The brain food, supposedly again, as preached by the love of my life. Actually, come to think of it, honestly, let me point blank be honest. I am so tired of fish. God! How can I not be? I have been cooking fish for the longest time (Asam Fish, Ginger Fish, Fish Achar, Salted Egg Yolk Fish & Kerala Fish Curry) , for the years, for the donkey years, almost every two or three days once. Speak about being the obedient wife, also being a loyal wife and wanting to forever remain as the royal wife (Asam Fish Curry, Chilli Soy Fish, Egg Fish Roll, Assam Laksa & Fish Curry). Royal meaning you hope you will be the only wife in your man's marriage world. Easier said than done, I know, considering the current generation of dolls who have no mercy for women like us. Wives who have stood strong by our husbands for all that they are. From the time we started with nothing, followed by supporting our husbands in every aspect while they were busy building their careers or businesses. But once money kicks in, once our husbands become financially stable, those bitch of bitches young dolls are just waiting so close to grab them. Sickening right? I know. Shocking as well right? I know again. 

So, what should we do in return? Should we fight for our marriage or should we let go? I guess the answer is within you. For me, I am not shy to admit that I won't let go. That again depends on the extent of the damage done and whether our husbands are still standing by us. Tough call, isn't it? Undeniably. In all fairness, we must give no one else a chance but ourselves. Lets just still continue with showering our men with good food, and good food can't be anywhere else, those dolls can't cook for nuts believe me, good food is definitely from our kitchen (Banana Flower Stir Fried & Beetroot Raita). Lovingly cooked by pouring aplenty of our love. If you are someone who is like me, I mean fish is the love of your man, allow me now to share this Cencaru Sumbat Sambal/Fish Stuffed With Spicy Paste (Baked). A baked version. Baking sincerely requires less oil and the sambal/chilli stuffing will remain intact in the fish. But if you chose to fry instead of baking, I suggest you lightly dust a tiny bit of cornflour. Just so little, on the fish  (Fish Sambar, Grilled Salmon, Murungakka Fish Curry, Fish Sandwich  & Green Fish Curry) or coat fish over beaten eggs, lightly again please before deep frying. That way, you can be ensured sambal, as I have already said, will not come out, out of the fish while frying. Happy trying and happy keeping your marriage happy. Oh, before I go, as you have noticed, cencaru/hardtail/torpedo scad should be the chosen fish (Thai Style Steamed Fish & Soup Ikan/Fish Soup) for this recipe. Unless you wanna try with other types of fish, you are the best person to decide. 

3 cencaru/hardtail - de-cut (don't remove the head) and make one deep incision on both sides.
1 tsp of turmeric powder
Calamansi lime - as needed
Spring onion - for garnishing
A little salt

For the sambal/spicy stuffing
2 tbsp kerisik - pan fried and pounded fresh grated coconut or use the ready made one (see at beansprout salad)
1/2 tsp belacan powder or powdered roasted belacan/shrimp paste
2 tbsp dried chilli paste
1 tsp shallot paste (or finely chopped)
2 tbsp oil
A little salt

Rub fish with turmeric powder and salt.
Keep aside.
Heat oil and add the ingredients for the sambal.
Fry and stir till oil splits.
Remove and cool down a bit.
Then stuff into in fish (in the incision)
(Note: some reminder of the sambal may be possible or stuff the fish to the max)
Lightly oil a baking tray.
Place fish inside and bake for around 40 minutes and turn forget to turn to cook on the other side. Also, baking time may vary as per the oven type.
Once nice and cooked, remove, garnish with spring onion and serve with calamansi lime.

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  1. Looks great!love the addition of coconut but shrimp paste is something new to me. I think I should give it a try!

  2. I grew up eating LOTS of fish and seafood. This sabalfish looks so delicious!

  3. My type of dish delicious and is fish my favorite.

  4. Hi Nava, this cencaru sumbat is one great dish that we M'sian never reject, preferably with extra rice too. LOL

    Have a great Sunday, regards.

  5. I'm not familiar with the name of the fish but they sure look good, dear! xoxo

  6. looks yumm...i love the shrimp paste with recipe for me.. Super

  7. Even though I am not a great fan on sea food, this looks yum.

  8. over here we just pan fry it or cook it with chilli =)

  9. This sounds delicious fr fish eaters.. i dnt eat fish bt looks tempting

  10. this fish looks super yummm..really tempting


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