May 2, 2009

Assam Pedas (Spicy Tamarind Fish)

If you are lazy and just want to have simple+sour+spicy

that will stir up your appetite...try this

Taste almost like assam laksa but less work

Wash and clean the Mackerel Fish (I prefer Terubuk Fish). Blend all the spices together; Dried Chilli, Lemongrass, Shallots, Turmeric, Garlic & Belachan

Mix tamarind pulp with water and strained the juice. Add it the tamarind juice and spice paste then bring to a boil.

Throw in the pineapple, onions, 1 stalk of Lemongrass bruised & Galangal (lengkuas) let it cooked for 10 minutes, then add it the Mackeral fish & boil till cooked, approximately 3-5 minutes.

Add in the salt & sugar, to taste. 

Garnish with ginger flower and mint leave...Done !

Serve with rice,...or you can add it rice noodle and treat it like assam laksa...
with "Har Ko".....Of course.

Serving for 4paxs


Ground paste
20g Dried chilli, soaked
15g Lemongrass
15g Turmeric
180g Shallot
20g Garlic
20g Belachan

20g Ginger Flower, finely sliced
100g Onion, cut into chunks
200g Pineapple, cut into chunks
1kg Mackerel Fish
20g Lemongrass, bruised
20g Galangal, bruised
1/2tbsp Salt, or to taste
1tbsp, Sugar, or to taste
100g Tamarind pulp
1.5L Water


backStreetGluttons said...

Great simple recipe. One of our most loved preparations when eating out !

But hard to find ( good ones lah ).Would be perfect if soaked with bee hoon too we think, sort of like dry laksa maybe ? Shud be electrifying with hungry ladies, especially at night

So gotta bring em on & drop by De Riana again...

NyonyaChef said...

Simple & appetizing ! When you free, anytime....erh ladies only right ?!!!

Anonymous said...

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whisky king

NyonyaChef said...


Many many more beers I have, but erh dare not say I am a fantastic beer drinker...but I drink 8 days a week.

backStreetGluttons said...

Pls send 2 bowls of hokkian mee over , add prawns ( no shell one )

sakaigirl said...

Mmm, thank you for the recipe! i shall try this!

NyonyaChef said...

BSG: 2 bowls of hokkien mee on the way, all the way from Pg

Sakaigirl: Try it, simple n appetitizing

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Nyonya Chef, love your food pics here.
I got a whiff of the wonderful aromatic spices and took a bus here.
You sure one heck of a fantastic cook, and Nyonya dishes too. OUTSTANDING!
Men like you don't grow on trees, ha ha.

Long ago, wayyyyyy back in the late '70s, a young gorgeous SYT (sweet young thing) with cooking not in her resume secretly got her Malay and Nyona friends to teach her to cook.
Before that she was a genius at opening tins and cooking instant noodles.

Actually, ahemmm, she was preparing a nail me down as she had learned I love Nyonya food.
Upon graduation she invited me home to head curry, sambal chincharu, secret recipie sambal belachan and pineapple fish assam.

3 diners, I was hooked, line and sinker. Habis cherita, game over.
Should have decline her invitation as my hobby was chasing sarongs, ha ha.
You have a nice day and happy cooking. Best regards, Lee.
ps, Add her delicious Nyonya cooking and she in sarong kebaya (and she not a Nyonya girl too)...very deadly combination, ha ha.

NyonyaChef said...

Uncle Lee, good to hear that nyonya dish bring you good memories. Lucky u, at least u have somebody that want to trap you, as for me, I started off cooking nyonya dish coz I like to explore food,,...I ended up being a kitchen slave to my home minister!Not as lucky as u! Good sharing & thanks Uncle Lee