Sunday, July 19, 2009

Assam Ikan (Tamarind Spicy Fish)

These days cooking Assam Fish at home is really easy and simple.We don't have to slave our self hours in the kitchen to make all the spices.There are plenty of prepacked Assam Fish spices in the Asian market.I love Assam Laksa Noodle in broth,I can eat this hawker food daily.The last trip when I was in Queens I bought 10 packets of Assam Laksa spices. I used Assam Laksa spices to cook this dish instead if Assam Fish spices which I still have few packets in storage.Of course I need extra spicy in my Assam Fish,so I add some sambal-belacan-paste in the gravy!! Wooohooo!! it's really a kick!! If you can access to Assam Laksa prepacked spices,you might want to try this scrumptious ,hot and sour fish!!

3 mackerel fish,clean and cut into 1/2 if it's too large and long
300-400 gm okra,stump remove
2 tomato,washed and cut quartered
2 onion,skinned ,washed and quartered
1 packet Assam Laksa spices (Chan Hong brand)or Assam Fish spices
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp tamarind powder
2 tbsp sambal-belacan-paste
sea salt to taste
1 1/2 cup water
handful cilantro for garnishing
1:Heat medium skillet or wok with water at high heat.When water is rolling boil,add in Assam Laksa spices into the water.
2:Stir the spices,then add in tamarind powder,sugar and sambal-belacan-paste.When the gravy bubbly boil add in cut tomato ,okra and onion into the gravy.Cook those vegetables for 3-5 minutes .
3:Add in salt to your taste,then slowly add in cut mackerel into the wok or skillet.Cook the fish for 1 minutes , not longer or overcooked.Overcooked fish will disintegrate and have tough meat.
4:Immediately remove skillet from heat.Dish out,garnish with cilantro and serve warm with rice or noodle.

if you want extra spicy in the gravy,you can add in sambal oelok if you don't have sambal belacan.Sambal oelok can be obtain in any market.


tigerfish said...

I love assam fish. Used to cook mine with pomfret when I was in CA.

P.S Hope to move back to CA by end of this year ;p

petite nyonya said...

ooohhhh...YUMMY! being a babanyonya myself, what's not to love abt assam fish. at home, we call it 'ikan gerang asam'. i absolutely love lots of assam gravy and lady's fingers in it! all yr food look so yummy..from the curry fish to the emperor chicken etc. they all look so pro!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

I love those lady fingers in asam fish, one bowl of rice is definitely not enough, yum yum..

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Your dish looks so delicious ... I will try making assam fish soon :)

ICook4Fun said...

I wish I can have some of it now as I am dying for some of our Malaysian food. The food at Vegas sucks!!

Anonymous said...

This looks really delicious... always like assam ikan :)

pigpigscorner said...

I want some with rice now!!

Little Corner of Mine said...

I heart assam fish too! Love the spiciness and sourness of the gravy. Yum!

My Asian Kitchen said...

I envy you lor,can go back to Singapore and come back to Cali again and again!! I love the company your work! any vacancy avaliable? lol!

Nyonya Melaka:
Thanks for dropping by and kind words:) mana ada Pro,just learning from the expert la:P

welcome to the club:P
Thanks! me too:P

Little Teochew:
Thanks for dropping by and kind words:)

oh!!what u eat at Vegas? buffet? hmmm when I was in vegas I only eat fastfood,chasing time lor..haha!! btw,you can text me now..sudah masuk the texting plan towkay keep texting me so I better take the plan now:P

Thanks for dropping by:P you have a nice blog..nanti I kasi sharpen my BM dulu yea.nak cuba buat some of your food:)

PPC:) haha! come here la

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