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Fried Fish with Tomato Sambal Recipe – Resep Ikan Bumbu Acar

Fried Fish with Tomato Sambal Recipe - Resep Ikan Bumbu Acar

Fried Fish with Tomato Sambal Recipe – Resep Ikan Bumbu Acar

Small fresh fish like sardines, are used in this typical seafood dish from fishing village near Pekalongan, on the
northern coast of Central Java.

Ingredients :

  • 11/2 lbs (700 g) small fresh fish, gut and cleaned, then left whole, or fish steaks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons oil
  • 2 red finger-length chilies, deseeded and sliced (optional)
  • 3 shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 salam leaf
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Sprigs of Lemon Basil, to garnish

Spice Paste

  • 2 candlenuts, roughly chopped
  • 3–4 red finger-length chilies, deseeded
  • 6 shallots, peeled
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 in (1 cm) fresh galangal, peeled and sliced
  • 1 in (21/2 cm) fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 in (21/2 cm) fresh turmeric, peeled and sliced, or 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

Method :

  1. Season the fish with the salt and set aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Prepare the Spice Paste by grinding all the ingredients to a smooth paste in a mortar or blender, adding a little oil if necessary to keep the mixture turning. Set aside.
  3. Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a wok over medium heat until hot. Pan-fry the seasoned fish until golden brown and crispy, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels.
  4. Heat the remaining oil over medium heat in a wok and stir-fry the Spice Paste until fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the sliced chili (if using), shallot and garlic, tomato wedges, salam leaf and tamarind juice, and stir-fry for 1 minute, then season with the sugar, salt and pepper. Finally add the fried fish and water, mix well and simmer for 1 minute before removing from the heat.
  5. Transfer to a serving platter, garnish with basil leaves and serve hot.

Serves 4 to 6
Preparation time : 30 mins
Cooking time : 15 mins

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Source :
The Food of Indonesia
Delicious Recipes from Bali, Java and the Spice Islands
by Heinz von Holzen & Lother Arsana
photos by Heinz von Holzen

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See also Indonesian Recipe “Fish Stew with Lemongrass and Turmeric Recipe”