Sunday, November 15, 2020

Recipe: Asam Pedas Fish

Asam pedas is a popular Malay sour and spicy fish stew. It is one of my favourite Malay-style cooking for fish. Since MCO started this year, I've made this a couple of times at home and can't believe how easy it was.

For this dish, you can use any type of fish, ranging from tenggiri to pari (stingray), basically any fish you like will do. I recently tried it with skinless tilapia fillet, which I got from my trusted seafood delivery company. It only took me about 20 minutes to cook this. And it was a real treat! The kids loved it cos the fillet had no bones so they could easily enjoy it.. and I was totally surprised when they requested for more of the spicy, sour sauce to drench their rice in. That's a sure sign that they loved it.

asam pedas fish recipe

Asam Pedas Fish
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves 4

2 tilapia fillet (approx 150-200g each)
1/2 large yellow onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tbsp cooking oil
2 tbsp cili giling
2 tbsp tamarind pulp
400ml water
2-3 stalks daun kesum / laksa leaf
8-10 cherry tomatoes or 1 large tomato, cut into 8
6-8 ladies finger
1 tsp chicken stock granules
1/2 tsp caster sugar
1/2 tsp salt

1. Soak tamarind pulp in 200ml of water. Remove seeds and set aside.

2. In a wok, heat oil over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute for 3-4 minutes, until onion has softened.

3. Add the cili giling and saute for a further 3 minutes, until fragrant. Add 200ml water as well as the daun kesum and cherry tomatoes and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Pour in the tamarind juice and season with chicken stock granules, salt and sugar.

4. Lower to medium heat. Add fish and ladies finger and cook for a further 5 minutes. If the fish is not fully submerged in the sauce, you can flip the fish halfway through so that it cooks evenly on both sides.

5. Taste, and season with more salt or sugar as necessary. Serve with white rice. 

1. You can blend the onion and garlic if you prefer a finer texture. 

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1 comment:

  1. I have a very very simple kampung-style recipe handed down from my late mum but the ladies in the house are not that fond of it. Maybe I can try yours and see.


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