Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sambal Sotong Kering (Dried Cuttlefish in Spicy Sauce)

Recently when I was in Chinatown I bought a large piece of soaked dried cuttlefish.Usually the fish seller display this type of cuttle fish in a see thru glass container.This is my 1 st buying this type of cuttlefish(brown color).I recalled yesteryear whenever I buy nasi lemak(coconut rice) at the Malay stall, I must get this type of cuttlefish in my nasi lemak .Actually I have no idea how to to prepare it..I remember my mom told me once that in order to prepare this type of cuttlefish,I must soak the cuttlefish in alkaline water ("air abu" in Malay a.k.a "kan sui" in Chinese) first..I think I made mistake when I soak the ready soaked cuttlefish in alkaline water. .Now I guess my mom said if I bought the dried form of cuttlefish then I have to soak in alkaline water first not the ready soaked dried cuttlefish..I realised I make the mistake by soaking the cuttlefish in alkaline water after I cooked the cuttlefish.To add to the mistake I made, I soak the ready soaked cuttlefish in alkaline water for 2 days!! I wonder why the sauce has so much liquid? I didn't even add a drop of water or any other type of liquid.I even used tamarind powder so no water needed to dissolve it...This type of dish supposed to be in dry form not saucy..Overall this dish is good and yummy-delicious except too saucy ..

1 large piece of soaked cuttlefish(brown color)
1 large Bombay onion,peeled and sliced
2 tbsp oil
4 tbsp sambal-belacan-paste,add extra if you want extra spicy
1 tbsp tamarind powder
2 tbsp sugar
salt to taste
1 stalk green scallion,washed and cut.
1:Cut soaked ready dried cuttlefish about 2 inch each.(if you buy dried cuttlefish,soak in alkaline water first for few hours before cook)
2:Prepare medium deep pan at medium heat with oil and sambal-belacan-paste Add in cut cuttlefish ,sugar ,tamarind powder and salt.
3:Use spatula to stir all ingredients until well combine for about 5 minutes.Then add in sliced onion..Stir again for another 3-5 minutes.
4:Check the seasoning again ,add in cut scallion before dish out and serve warm with rice or bread.


mycookinghut said...

Sotong kering!! This is something that I have been looking high and low but to no avail :( I love sambal sotong kering with my nasi lemak too.. now, perhaps, I need to check if really the asian stores dont have sotong kering or i might be lucky?

ICook4Fun said...

I don't think I can find this type of sotong here. I too like sotong sambal kering and also sambal kerang in my nasi lemak.

pigpigscorner said...

I love this! But I can't seem to find this kind of sotong here!

ann low said...

I have not eat this type of sotong for a long time. Looks so tempting ;D

Juliana said...

Oh! I haven't had dried cuttlefish for a while...looks so yummie that way that you prepared it...

tigerfish said...

I have not cooked cuttlefish or sotong at home cos they always seem so intimidating when it comes to kitchen prep!p

My Asian Kitchen said...

actually you can soak sotong kering know "tui pin" right?if you have air abu,then there you go..btw,wish you can find the ready soak sotong..good luck with your finding!!

Chinatown in PA don't sell this type of sotong? hmmm...interesting..

I wonder why Chinatown in GB don't have this kind of sotong...I thought the Asian population is quite large there,no?

Thanks! if I live there,I just hop to the stall and grab it,no need to cook so susah susah ,right?

Thank you for dropping by:) thank you for your kind words again.hope to see you again soon!

haha!! your remark are so funny!! intimidating!!

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