Steamed Red Grouper or Coral Trout Fish with Spicy XO Sauce

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Steamed Red Grouper or Coral Trout Fish with Chinese Spicy XO Sauce

Steamed Fish with Spicy XO Sauce with Blue Dotted Grouper (Cephalopholis argus). Very fresh grouper steamed into perfection with savoury chinese gourmet xo sauce, a simply elegant with a kicking umami flavour. The fresh fish flesh is firm, succulent, and sweet with glutinous smooth texture with a kicking umami flavour of premius quality dried seafood in Chinese XO Sauce , what a heavenly threat.

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Chinese Style Steamed Grouper Fish with Spicy XO Sauce

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XO Sauce (Lee Kum Kee Brand)

XO sauce is a savoury bomb that burst into umami flavour once you put it in your mouth, that’s the correct definition for my taste buds. Chinese XO sauce made of  several premium dried seafoods, including dried scallops or conpoy, dried fish and shrimp, sometimes crab and shrimp roe, Chinese ham/Jinhua ham, and abalone that rehydrated, shredded and then fried and mixed into XO Sauce. The roughly chopped rehydrated dried seafood then cooked slowly with chili peppers, onions, and garlic then  cognag or other old liquor added, this is what XO (extra old) Sauce name comes from. I’m using Lee Kum Kee Brand XO Sauce for this recipe, it’s savoury enought even without any Iham at all (it’s also Halal). Lee Kum Kee penetrated Indonesia with their halal version sauces and condiments because the Indonesian majority population is moslem. I love using XO Sauce as a condiment or as a flavouring agent, i recently made my own and  hopefully i can share it a.s.a.p.

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Steamed Fresh Fish with Premium Quality XO Sauce and Fresh Spices

Steamed live grouper fish with XO Sauce is simply what you’ve served if you want to impressed your future mother in law if you want to married your Chinese descent boyfriend. Simple steaming fish technique is highly appreciated in mostly Asian, especially Chinese descent, but not for Bataknese people like my family tree. Batak people used to spiced up any dish, so light seasoning that present the natural sweetness flavour of the fish such as Hongkong Style Steamed Live Humpback Mouse Grouper that probably cost you a lot of money won’t impress any batak mother in law.  Batak people apreciate the freshness of seafood, we used to pickled fish called Naniura or Spicy Pickled Raw Grass Carp Fish, and again it’s spiced up with with lots of spicy chili and andaliman pepper. My bataknese descent mother used to steamed fish lately due to health issue concern, mostly spicy Thai Style Steamed Whole Fish  Recipe that suits with my family licking that adore spicy food.

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Live Grouper Fish a.k.a kerapu lodi/sunu @ Grand Lucky Supermarket Jakarta (42 USD/Kg)

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Very Fresh Argus Grouper (Blue Spotted Red Coral Trout or Kerapu Sunu Hitam)

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Kerapu Sunu Hitam ot Dark Red Grouper with Small Blue Dotted, Extremely Fresh (7 USD/Kg)

XO sauce fish in this recipe using Blue Dotted Grouper (Cephalopholis argus), it’s also known as red rock cod, seven star grouper or coral trout. In Indonesia, we used to called this fish as kerapu lodi, kerapu sunu hitam or black grouper, the small blue dotted grouper called kerapu tungsin or kerapu tungsen, while the larger blue dotted called kerapu bintang. This fish is highly regarded as a fancy dinner menu and usually cooked once it alive prior to served in the table, the price is dropped once it dead and this is why live grouper fish usually displayed in the aquarium window infront of the high end Chinese restaurant. My grouper was tagged about 42 USD/kg once it alive in Grand Lucky Supermarket, Jakarta, called me a lucky bastard; i got this lil grouper with only 7 USD/Kg tag because the fish section staff told me that this fish is just dead or  about 3 hours before i got there, just a great deal very-very fresh grouper fish for steaming.

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Simply Damn Delicious Steamed Fish with XO Sauce!

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XO Sauce Steamed Fish; Low Calories, High Protein and DAMN DELICIOUS!!!

Steamed fish diet it’s a part of a healthy living. Steaming food preserved it’s natural taste and most of it’s nutrients  withoud adding enormous ammount of unnecessary calories. Don’t you know that deep frying fish can triple it’s calories??? Don’t be shock that deep fried fish infact left only half amount of it’s proteins and vitamins due to high heating that can reach about 180C compare to 100 C of steaming process. Beside, the natural unsaturated fatty acid mostly retain in steaming process. Unsaturated Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acid  considered as a GOOD FAT that cleanse clotted cholestrol or BAD FAT in your capilary. I guess it’s better be increased  steaming food intake in your daily life from now on. Boring taste of steamed fish it’s not an excuse now, it’s before you try this kicking savoury steamed fish with XO sauce.

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Steamed Red GrouperFish with Fresh Chili, Garlic, Ginger and XO Sauce

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Spicy XO Sauce Steamed Red Argus Grouper or Rock Cod

I love steamed fish with XO Sauce, my previously recipe of Steamed Tiger Prawn with Spicy Chinese XO Sauce turn out stunning dish even with very simple preparation. After that, i almost XO sauce anyting, XO Sauce beef steak using a cheap ribeye cut, XO sauce fried rice, noodle and several kind of stir fried veggies  goes with the sauce, obviously turn out delicious. Then i just had an idea to steam whole grouper fish with the XO Sauce.

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Fresh Whole Grouper Fish with Firm, Sweet and Succulent Meat

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Delicious Steamed Fish with XO Sauce, Can’t Stop Diggin!!!

Delicious steamed whole fish requires freshness as the key to avoid any fishy and muddy aromas. First, you should choose the freshly catch fish or live fish that swimming in the tank is preferred. Rub and also brush throughly the fish upper cavity ribs area, below the fish back bone, there’s a blackish dark red organ which is actually the fish kidney that should be fully removed or your steamed fish gonna be muddy and fishy. Some people like to steamed the fish twice; first, the fish was steamed until half done, and then the dripping liquid is discarded, after that  the rest of the ingredients added and the fish is steamed until done. I’ve never discard the liquid once i handle a live fish or a very-very fresh ones (except freshwater fish) because discarding the dripping liquid means discarded the nutritional juices from the fish, and i think it’s such  a waste, that’s why i simply place the chopped fresh chillies, garlic, Homemade Chinese Sausage/La Chang and XO Sauce over the fish and steam it directly until done

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Steamed Whole Grouper Fish with Spicy Chinese XO Sauce, Chili and Garlic

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Steamed Grouper Fish with Spicy XO Sauce

Steamed fish recipe  is easy, but a little bit tricky. Timing is the key of any steaming seafood. DO NOT OVERCOOKED! fish because the flesh gonna be tough, dried, flaky and rubberry.. You should stop steaming any whole fish until nearly done, the remaining heat will throughly cooked the fish meat in the platter. When you throughly cooked  the fish in the steamer, it will be overcooked once you serving it in the dinner table.  Medium size  whole grouper fish need about 7 to 10 minutes to be cooked in the steamer.

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Recipe Steamed Whole Fish with XO Sauce, Chili and Garlic (Grouper, Kerapu Sunu Hitam,  Coral Trout or Rock Cod)

Ingredients

  • 1 medium size whole grouper fish weighed about 500 gr, cleaned, gutted and scalled (you can replace with any white flesh fish, live ones would be preferred)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 40 gr XO Sauce ( I’m using Lee Kum Kee XO Sauce)
  • 1 tbs of rock sugar, dissolved in 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp premium mushroom sauce
  • 1/2 tsp of sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 cm knob of ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped chilies
  • Sea Salt for taste

Garnish: Chopped chili, garlic chives and shredded spring onion

Dipping *optional : Chinese Black Vinegar, Soy Sauce, Jullienned Ginger, Chopped Bird Eye Chillies

How to Make Steamed Fish with XO Sauce:

  • Rub the grouper fish lighly with salt and lemon juice, set aside
  • Put the fish in heatproof steaming bowl
  • Put half of the chopped  inside the grouper fish belly
  • Put the remaining chopped chili, ginger and garlic over the fish, rub the fish gently
  • Place the XO sauce over the grouper fish
  • Pour the soy sauce and rock sugar mixture and add some extra oil from the XO Sauce
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Fresh Whole Grouper Fish, Freshly Chopped Chili, Garlic and Ginger with Generous Ammount of XO Sauce

  • Steam the fish about 7-10 minutes until nearly done
  • Let is rest about 5 minutes and the remaining heat cooked the fish flesh throughly
  • Put the fish in a serving plate, garnish with chopped chili, garlic chives and shredded spring onion

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Recipe Stewed Octopus in Spicy Tauco Fermented Soy Bean with Tomato, Chili, Chayote and Coconut Milk (Resep Gurita Bumbu Tauco Pedas)

 STEWED OCTOPUS RECIPE SPICY TOMATO ASIAN STYLE FERMENTED BEAN SAUCE TAUCHO SALTED BEANStewed Octopus in Spicy Tauco or Fermented Soy Bean Sauce with Chili, Tomato and Coconut Milk (Resep Gurita Bumbu Tauco Pedas Bersantan) is featured in Indonesian Food Blogger Challenge Tulis Resepmu Bersama Nakami Housewares dan Lazada. This event is a presented by Indonesian Food Blogger, Nakami Houseware and Lazada.co.id. So it’s actually double bet since the dried baby octopus that i using in this recipe is another challenge from my dentistry colleague; weather i can make a delicious and plateable dish with dried and salted baby octopus that she purchased during her vacation in Surabaya, West Java. So wish me luck with this challange competition!

Indonesian Food Blogger Lazada Nakami ChallageNakami Houseware is one of the best quality and well known brand of houseware in Indonesia. You can purchase Nakami Houseware on Lazada. Nakami Houseware provide several kind of houseware and kitchenware including variants of; individual serving  platter and dringking glass, catering serving platter (food warmer), glass jars, soup platter, kitchen set knive, candy canister, magic grilling pan, wokpan, sauce pan, metal steamer, single or double holder pan with glass cover lid and also several kind of pastry-baking tools.. My review about Nakami Houseware individal and party porcelaine platter is about it’s elegant and fancy design. The ornamental royal gold yellow detail is really original that made the platter so fancy and representative for the richness of flavour in Indonesian cuisines. Your guess must be overwhelmed within your fancy and elegant individual plattter. My mom had several porcelaine Nakami soup platter warmer and also Nakami food platter warmer, it’s very useable for gathering party, made a very nice and elegant presentation in the table. The porcelaine lid made the food inside the platter clean, hygiene and warm and easily opened just before serving. The metal rack holder made the guess access the food easily. All the kitchen tools is also made of fine stailess steel. so it’s not gonna be rusted by the time. Contrary within the superiority quality, Nakami Huseware is marketed with reasonable and affordable price.  Nakami houseware is made out fine porcelaine that made it tought, handy, easy to clean and save for dishwasher and the ornamental gold detail is not easy peeled off and withered by the time. Beside all that all good reviews, i personally  think  all Nakami Houseware platter is not only good for tableware, but also totally  good property for food photography presentation for my blog.RESEP GURITA BUMBU TAUCO PEDAS CABE BABY GURITA OCTOPUS STEWED SPICY TOMATOCHILI  COCONUT CURRY  FERMENTED SALTED BEANNakami Houseware adalah brand peralatan rumah dan dapur yang tersohor di Indonesia. Anda dapat dengan mudah mengakses and membeli  Nakami Houseware di Lazada. Nakami Houseware menyediakan berbagai macam varian piring makan individu ataupun tempat lauk yang dilengkapi dengan penghangat dan rak penyangga stainless steel, gelas minum, wadah lauk yang dilengkapi penghangat, gelok kaca, pisau dapu ryang disertai wadah penyimpan, pengukus makanan, wajan pemanggang, wadah permen dan kue kecil, berbagai macam jenis wajan dan panci serta alat-alat untuk membuat kue dan alat2 untuk memasak.  Ulasan saya kali ini adalah mengenai detail, desain, kualitas bahan, kegunaa serta harga Nakami Housewear yang terlihat sangat cantik dan elegan. Detail dan ornamen berwarna kuning keemasan pada beberapa piring dan pemanas makanan Nakami Houseware sangat representatif terhadap kekayaan rasa pada masakan khas Indonesia. Tamu anda akan merasa tersanjung saat disajikan peralatan makan yang indah. Mamaku memiliki beberapa pemanas makanan Nakami Houseware persegi dan bulat serta pemanas sup . Semuanya sangat berguna dan ideal untuk acara2 spesial seperti arisan ataupun acara spesial lainnya, bahkan tidak ada salahnya anda menyajikan makanan pada dengan mewah untuk anak, suami ataupun keluarga setiap saat.  Pemanas makanan Nakami Houseware dilengkapi tutup yang dapat menjaga kebersihan serta tingkat kehangatan makanan didalamnya karena Nakami Houseware terbuat dari bahan porselen yang tebal, dan jika perlu pemanas makanan dibawahnya dapat dihidupkan untuk meyakinkan anda bahwa makanan yang anda sajikan akan selalu hangat. Rak penyangga terbuat dari logam stailess stell yang kokoh dan tidak akan berkarat dimakan usia.  Salah satu keunggulan Nakami Houseware adalah bagian ornamental emas dipermukaanya tidak akan terlepas dan mudah usang dimakan usia, jadi mungkin saja dapat anda mewariskan peralatan dapur anda kepada anak anda nantinya. Nakami Houseware dipasarkan dengan harga yang terjangkau walaupun terbuat dari bahan-bahan berkualitas premium. Kesimpulannya, kualitas bahan, desain, harga Nakami Houseware sangat premium sebagai peralatan rumah dan dapur, dan tentunya sangat berguna untuk kepentingan fotogafi makanan. Menu Rendang Daging Sapi buatanku pasti terlihat sangat mewah pada piring Nakami Houseware.

 TENDER BRAISED OCTOPUS SPICY STEWED BABY OCTOPUS TOMATO CHILI ASIAN SALTED BEAN TAOCHO FERMENTED BEAN SAUCE RECIPEBack to the octopus business, octopus is slow cooked until tender in a spicy curry-like seasoning with tauco or fermented soybean with creamy coconut milk. The savoury, salty and ocean flavour octopus is slowly boiled in creamy, rich, hot and spicy seasoning, then fresh tomatoes that added released some pleasant tangy flavur into the pot. Cubed chayote also added to melt down the heat from the chilies and balance it with it’s natural sweetness.

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I love octopus for it’s texture and flavour. Braised Octopus with Spicy Chily Sauce is previously featured on Dentist Chef blog. But actually you can use octopus mamy-many ways; grilled, soup, salad, stew, you name it. The same technique it applied before you enjoy octopus; slow cooking. before the  squid is thinly sliced in salad, it’s used to be boiled about 45 minutes in seasoned water to tenderize the meat first. Simply insert some fork to know then tenderness of the octopus meat, i like it tender but with a little resistence when i chew it.

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Gurita Bumbu Tauco Pedas Bersantan is one of signature dish of my grandma, even my grandma also used to using dried whole squid for this recipe. I remember that  once i was a kid mygrandma cooked Cumi Asin Tauco or salted squid tauco and it made my gum and my mouth turn into black right after i finished my lucnh,  then once i was going out with my friends; they start to laught when i talking and smiling then i realized someting wrong within my appearance, well, that embarassing moment didn’t made me hate or even traumatize eating squid ink, infack i made Squin Ink Sauce pasta and Squid Ink Risotto, just simly brush my teeth before smiling to my patients, lol

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Tauco or Taucho,  Tauchu, or Douji is a  fermented soybean paste that very popular condiment in Indonesia. Tauco usually added in Peranakan or Chinese Indonesian Cuisine, Sundanese and also Javanese cuisine. Tauco is made by fermenting the boiled soybean with salted water in a large clay container that is sun-dried for several weeks to further the fermentation process until the color turned to yellow-reddish. Tauco got a savoury flavour and aromas, very good for stir frying seafood or vegetables, If you can fund any tauco, you can use miso or japanese soybean paste to replace it.

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Dried Octopus, lil Davy Jones

This is dried and salted octopus. The fresh small size octopus is cleaned and the internal ink sack inside the head removed, the entire octopus then salted within hours (probably overnight) then sun dried untill loss almost 80 percent of the moisture. In indonesia we called dried and salted octopus as gurita asin that literary translated as salted octopus. The market price of dried and salted octopus here in Indoesian is around 20- 30 USD for a kilo due to the excessive weight loss from the fresh octopus. Y0u probably find dried octopus in Asian market or chinese groceries, don’t hesitate to smell and touch the dried octopus. The good quality dried octopus got a ocean smells without any hint of funny chemical smells. Some white salt crystal is a good sign of dried seafood product, but don’t purchase anything with mold or slime on the surface.

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Dried and Salted Dried Octopus, Delicious Ugly Looking Creatures

What do you thing when you looking of my dried octopus??? mine was Davi Jones from The Pirates of the Carribbean. Bizzare looking dried octopus is actually a delicacy in Asian kitchen. You can use dried octopus for making Superior Soup Stock Recipe, Rice Claypot Recipe or even Asian Rice Congee. Dried octopus can be turn into delciousdish  if you cooked it right.

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The Dried Octopus Soaked Overnight in Refrigerator to Soften a Little Bit

How to cook the dried octopus, well first think you should do is rehydrate the dried octopus by soaking it in cold tab water for about 2 hours prior to cooking,  but i prefer to soaked my dried octopus in the fridge overnight.  The dried rehydrated octopus should be seems double it’s original size once you drain it.  You can rubbed the skin alittle bit to remove any remaining excess salt crystal on it.

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Deep Fried Octopus, Ready for Stew

The rehydrated octopus is usually deep fried or pan fried until slighly charred before added to stew or braised dish, but this is unnecessary steps if tyou want to make soup using dried octopus. The deep fried octopus is actually ready to eat, but it’s still slighly chewy and tough, so it need to be prolonged cooked slowly to tenderize the meat. Yupp, octopus is very unique seafood, not like fish,  prawn or squid, prolonged cooking process made octopus meat tender even more by the additional period.

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 (Resep Gurita Bumbu Tauco Pedas)

Recipe Stewed Octopus with Spicy Tauco or Fermented Soybean with Chilies, Chayote and Coconut Milk:

Ingredient:

  • 500 grams dried octopus (or 750 grams fresh octopus)
  • 3 ripe tomatoes,cubed
  • 30 gr bird eyechili, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tauco/ fermented soybean paste
  • 1 tbs of rock sugar
  • 2 tbs of premium light soy sauce
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 12 red shallots, chopped
  • 5 cm  ginger, chopped
  • 1-2 slice of galagal, bruised
  • 1 1/2-2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 cups water (or more)
  • vegetable milk for stif frying and deep frying
  • 1 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Andaliman pepper #optional
  • 2 cubes of cubed chayote #optional

Garnish: spring onion, julienned, soaked in ice water until it become to curl.

Marinade : 2 tbsp lemon juice or kaffir lime juice

How to Make Stewed Octopus with Spicy Tauco or Fermented Soybean with Chilies, Chayote and Coconut Milk:

 

  1.  Soak the dried octopus in cold water overnight in the fridge, drain and discard the soaking water
  2. Marinade the octopus with kafffir lime juice for about 5 miutes, drain
  3. Deep fried the rehydrated dry squid until slighly crisp for a couple of minutes, drain
  4. You can skil the process above iy you using fresh octopus that cleaned and cut into bite size
  5. Remove the oil and het the remaining 2 tbsp excess oil for stir frying the seasoning
  6. Saute ginger, shallots, garlic, galagal, and chilies until fragrance and slighly charred.
  7. Add the tauco and kaffir lime leaves and stir fry another 2 minutes
  8. Add the octopus, chayote, and tomato
  9. Pour the water and coconut milk, season it with salt, sugar and pepper
  10. bring the octopus seasing to boil and reduce the heat into simmer, cover the lid and let it slowly cooked until tender for about 30-45 minutes depending on the size of your octopus
  11. Serve the stewed octopus with spicy tauco ot fermented bean sauce with the garnish

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Sambal stingray is grilled stingray or skate fish with spicy chili sambal barbeque sauce over banana leaf. Sambal stingray claimed as Singaporean dish, it’s also popular across South East Asia including Indonesia and Malaysia. The stingray or skate wings , marinated with salt and lime or kalamansi juice, wrapped with banana leaf then barbequed with lots of chili sambal over charcoal until the fish throughly cookeand , the spices and also dripping liquid evaporated and slighly charred. Sambal stingray is no.7 of the list of CNN 40 Singaporean foods we can’t live without.

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Sambal stingray is called ikan pari bakar here in Indonesia. Sambal is  chili sauce in Bahasa Indonesia, while ikan pari means stingray, the word bakar is describe the grilling or barbequing process.  Fresh Stingray or ikan pari used to be abandoned and unpopular source of seafood protein here in Indonesia. Stingray used to be  salted and dried first and locally known as ikan pari asin. Other well known Indonesian dish from stringray is mangut iwak pe, a thick and spicy curry of hot smoked stingray. Banana leaves wrapped fish is a very popular way to cook fish here in Indonesia, i even made japanese style fish Grilled Sanma Fish with Spicy Miso and Chilli Sauce in Banana Leaf Recipe. If you can’t find any stingray or skate, just use other flatfish like sole or flounder, or even dory fish fillet for this recipe.

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Sambal Stingray Grilled Stingray with Chili Barbeque Sauce on Banana Leaf

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Flaky, Succulent and Tender Stingray Flesh with Spicy and Hot Chili Sambal Barbeque Sauce

Sambal stingray is one of my favourite dish, my grandma used to grilled it over charcoal, but eversince i live in a very populated areas i guess barbequeing and sort of  cooking that induced smoke is not the best choice unless my neighbor gonna complain about it. But then i found about making sambal stingray with wokpan and i guess it’s worth to give it a shoots. I love the cartilagous and meaty texture of stingray or skate wings, the smokey, spicy and hot kicking chili sambal made the flaky, meaty and succulent stingray meat hearthy even more.

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Sambal Stingray with Lots of Spicy and Hot Chili Barbeque Sauce over Fragrant Banana Leaf

The chili sambal barbeque sauce for grilling the sambal stingray made of lots of chilies. Bird eye chili pepper and cayenne pepper mashed with shallots, garlic, and then sauteed with oil until throughly cooked and the oil separated or driven of from chili sambal paste. Chili sambal for grilling fish also contain terasi or belachan (solid fermented shrimp paste), tamarind paste, tomato or cherry tomatoes. Palm sugar added to balanced the spicy and hot tone and bring the umamai flavour instead using any mono sodium glutamat or flavour enhancement.

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Fresh Stingray Wing Filllet

To make sambal stingray, first you should choose very-very fresh  stingray with firm, bounchy and slighly translucent flesh. Choose the meaty stingray wings from the female stingray rather than the male, ask your butcher about it. The male stingray fish got a very fishy, stringy, dried and hard flesh. Make sure you SMELL the stingray, sometimes the stingray fillet got a ammoniak  or urine smells when it not handled properly and  not stored in a cold storage. I once purchased a very fresh stingray in the  moring market, then i had a rice breakfast in a restaurant before going home for about 2 hours, unfortunately i forgot ask the fish monger add some ice on it; the heat in my trunk iniciate the fermentation of urea become amonia and made a very unpleasant piss or urine smells that made me had to discarded it. So, it’s very important to keep your stingray cold as possible from the freshmarket to your own kitchen, ask the fish monger to put some ice on the shopping bag.

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Ingredients to Make Sambal Stingray

Beside the sambal terasi or belachan chili barbeque sauce, i add thinly sliced onion, lemongrass, ginger and cherry tomato to the sambal stingray. The spices gives more bursting refreshing flavour into the grilled stingray.  The banana leaf gives a nice aroma and i guess it’s very essential ingredients for unthentic sambal stingray. You can use heavy duty alumunium foil only instead of any banana leaf for making sambal stingray actually, but you’ll gonna missed authentic asian banana leafy aromas.

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Put the Alumunium Foil, Banana Leaf, Sambal and Other Spices

This is how you make sambal pari, it’s actually so easy to grilled stingray with chili barbeque sauce on banana leaf with wok pan and kitchen stove. Firstly once you got back from market is to clean your stingray fillet and then marinated it with salt and kaffir lime or kalamansi juice 30 minutes priorly to cooked. Lay heavy duty alumunium foil over skillet or wok pan,  you need to dis this if you didn’t want to deal with the sticky mess after you cooked the sambal stingray. Put two layer of banana leaf over the alumunium foil and then spread the thinly sliced lemongrass, onion, ginger and cherry tomatoes over the banana leaf and then pour the chili sambal all over it. Spread it evenly and do not overfilled the banana leaf.

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Put Generous Ammount of Chili Sambal Over the Stingray Fillet

Turn on the stove into medium high heat then put the stingray fillet then over the chili sambal that you’ve spreaded before. Added more chili sambal barbeque sauce generously to cover the stingray fillet entirely. Put some metal lid to cover the wok and let the magic happen

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Cover with Lid and let the Dripping Liquid Evaporated

This is how what you’ve got sfter you cooke whe sambal stingray with the lid cover on and Itake a brief shoots into the sambal stingray, you’ll seen a lot of the liquid driven off from the stingray fish meat and cherry tomato. make sure you let this liquid evaporated before you flipped it over to cooked another side.

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Flipped the Sambal Stingray with a Help of a Plate

Ater the sambal stingray spices and dripping liquid evaporated, put some banan leaf and another heavy duty alumunium foil and then flipped it over upside down with a help of big flat plates. Let the other side of the sambal stingray cooked until ste spices and fish charred a lil bit.

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The moment of truth! TAA..DAAH your Sambal Stingray is Done!

This is how the sambal stingray looked a like once t done and i flip it over from a wok pan to a flat plate. The sambal stingray or grilled stingray with chili barbeque sauce is done and ready to served. Scrapped some of the burnt a little bit of you like, but i like it very much jst like a soccarat or charred and slighly burnt rice on my Rabbit and Snail Paella ala Valenciana Recipe

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SAMBAL STINGRAY RECIPE (Grilled Stingray with Chili Sambal Barbeque Sauce)

SAMBAL STINGRAY RECIPE (Grilled Stingray with Chili Sambal Barbeque Sauce):

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg stingray or skate wing, cut into individual portion
  • 1 kaffir lime juice to marinate the stingray
  • banana leaf
  • heavy duty alumunium foil
  • 50 gr ripe cherry tomato, thinly sliced
  • 3 lemongrass, use the tender white part only
  • 1/2 onion, julienned
  • thumb size ginger, peeled, julienned
  • Chili Sambal Barbeque Sauce

Garnish:

  • Chopped tomato
  • Sliced Chilies
  • Sliced Scallion

How To Grilled Stingray with Chili Sambal Barbeque Sauce:

  • Marinade the stingray fish with kaffir lime juice and salt, keep it in the fridge
  • Lay some heavy duty alumunium foil over wok pan, then add 2 pieces of banana leaf sheet over it
  • Spread the sliced chery tomato and lemongrass and the julienned ginger and onion
  • Spread some of the chili sambal barbeque sauce and put the stingray over it
  • Put chili sambal barbeque sauce over the stingray fillet generously to cover it entirely and then turn on the stove to medium high heat
  • Cover the wokpan with lid and wat for about 10-15 minutes until all the spices and the dripping juices evaporated
  • Put another sheet of banan laf and alumunium foil and then flipped the stingray with a help of a plate
  • Slide the sambal stingray back into the wok pan and then let the other side of the stingray charred and done
  • Flipped the sambal stingray again with the help of the serving plate, peel of the banan leaf and pur some more chili sambal barbeque sauce
  • Garnish and serve immediately.
  • Slide foil, leaf and fish onto serving plate. Pull foil from underneath banana leaf and discard.Garnish and serve immediately.

Chili Sambal Barbeque Sauce Recipe for Grilling the Stingray or Skate Fish:

  • 100 gr cayenne chili pepper
  • 50 gr bird eye chili pepper
  • 100 gr ripe cherry tomato, finely diced
  • 100 g shallots
  • 50 g garlic
  • 15 g ginger
  • 2 lemongrass, use the tender white part only
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 15 g terasi or belacan (fermented shrimp paste)
  • 30 g palm sugar, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

How To Make Chili Sambal Barbeque Sauce Recipe

  • Put all the chili pepper, shallots, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, shrimp paste and red chillies in a processor and  grind it into a fine paste
  • Stir-fry sambal paste with vegetable oil over medium heat untill fragrant, the oil is separated from the chili paste and the colour is darkens, about 15 minutes .
  • Add palm sugar, tamarind and season it with salt and pepper, adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  • Turn off the heat and your homemade  chili sambal barbeque sauce is ready to use.

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Recipe Unagi Kabayaki Japanese Style Grilled Eel with Sweet Soy Sauce

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Unagi Kabayaki

Unagi Kabayaki Recipe.Unagi means japanese freshwater eel, and kabayaki refers broiled unagi fillet. Kabayaki is a japanese style cooking, the eel butterflied from the back side, gutted, deboned, drenched with sweetened soy sauce, skewerred with bamboo skewer then broiled in a charcoal grill until the unagi eel filet cooked. Kabayaki is not only for cooking eel but also several kind of fish like my Sanma Kabayaki or Broiled Pacific Saury in Japanese Sweet Soy Sauce Recipe

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Unagi Kabayaki from Raw Unagi Eel Fillet

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Store Brought and Ready to Eat Unagi Kabayaki

Unagi or Japanese freshwater eel is usually available in a Japanese supermarket. Unagi kabayaki is also available ready to eat, usually vaccum packed and frozen, all you need to do is reheated is in a microwave or simply pan fried  it in a skillet. A small pack of unagi kabayaki cost me about 14 USD, i love the umami flavour but not the texture,  the unagi eel meat texture is spongy and flaky instead of moist and succulent. You may seen the frozen japanese eel or unagi, never choose unvaccum sealed eel or any kind of fish fillet, choose only vaccum packed unagi eel fillet otherwise you purchased for tasteless and spongy eel meat.  So i personally i prefer the raw unagi fillet better than then cooked it kabayaki style myself, because the properly vaccum sealed raw unagi eel fillet is still moist and succulent ofter cooked.

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Skewered Broiled Eel or Unagi Kabayaki

Kabayaki style grilled unagi eel usually skewered with bamboo skewer before glazed with swetened soy sauce and broiled over charcoal grill. Asian really depend on bamboo skewer, we used it to made Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce or Chinese Honey Grilled Pork Belly Charsiew. Remember to soak the bamboo skewer  in a cold tab water overnight or simply boiling it for ten minutes before you using it, otherwise the bamboo skewer is easily burned out over the grill.

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Unagi Kabayaki: Finger Licking Good!

Homemade kabayaki sauce for glazing the gilled unagi or freshwater eel is usually made of 3 parts light soy sauce, 1 part mirin, 1 part sake, and  2 parts white caster sugar by volume.  This is the basic kabayaki sauce recipe and the ratio used to be different for each licking, beside, whole cloves garlic, cinnamon, star anise and sliced ginger added when the kabayaki sauce is simmerred until thickened into half amount. Kabayaki sauce taste sweet because the addition of sugar and mirin (sweet rice wine), so i guess kabayaki sauce should be called swetened soy sauce, do not confuse with kecap manis or Indonesian sweet soy sauce.Making your own unagi kabayaki with store brought kabayaki sauce made your life easier. Store brought kabayaki sauce usually using molases instead of sugar as a swetened agent, this made the store brought kabayaki sauce is not easily burn during the grilling process. That’s why molasses is more preferred than sugar for any glazing barbeque sauce, including kabayaki sauce. Homemade kabayaki sauce is not only suits for grilling fish, but also for chicken fillet, shrimp or any kind of seafoods.

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Homemade Unagi Kabayaki

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Unagi Kabayaki

In Indonesia, we familiar with swamp eel, with many kind of names: asian eel, rice field eel, padi field eel. Slightly different with unagi, swamp eel is finless. The taste is quite similiar, but i guess the  unagi is fattier and meatier than swamp eel. The basic preparation of swamp eel for making kabayaki is also similiar with unagi. You can watch how to do it in how to butterfly eel for kabayaki

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Unagi Kabayaki

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Deep Fried Eel Bone

I love nose to tail concept of eating, nothing edible part of the animal left behind and discarded. This is the best way to honour the sacrifation of the aniwal live. I love to eat the eel bone, it’s crunchy and crispy. The unagi or japanese eel bone is marinated with salt, pepper and lime juice then deep fried in a medium heat flame uti it’s crisp up, totally scrumptious.  I even ever had a fish bone crusted fish steak in a restaurant, the fish ribs bone deep fried and then crumbled on top of halibut fillet.

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Growing up in Indonesia is made me familiar with swamp eel, especially in my childhood. Beside the fact that eel is a brain food within it’s essential omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acid that help to improve a chind brain’s neurotransmitter capability that basically made you think faster. In indonesia we used to called griled eel as belut bakar kecap manis  or simply belut panggang kecap. We didn’t use kabayaki sauce for making belut bakar kecap, but it’s using kecap manis or or Indonesia sweet soy sauce, just like my Balinese Style Barbequed Baby Back Ribs sauce. Large swamp eel about 300-400 grams each suits for making kabayaki style grilled eel, but the smaller is usually batterred and deep fried just like my Deep Fried Beer Batter Calamary or Squid Ring.

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Unagi Kabayaki Recipe( Japanese Style Grilled Freshwater Eel with Sweetened Soy Sauce)

Unagi Kabayaki Recipe( Japanese Style Grilled Freshwater Eel with Sweetened Soy Sauce):

  • 2 large unagi or Japanese eel  about 200-300 grams each (You can replace with swamp eel or conger ell or any kind of eel you’ve got)
  • 1 lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup kabayaki sauce and more for glazing the grilled eel
  • Bamboo skewer, soaked in a water overnight to prevent it burning over the grill

How to Make Unagi Kabayaki:

  • You can watch how to preparing live unagi eel for kabayaki here
  • Kill the unagi eel by made incision in the back of the head until the eel died bleeding
  • Cut open the unagi eel from the backside by running a very sharp boning knive alongside the backbone
  • Take out the unagi eel  guts
  • Wash the unagi eel  under a cold  running water, rub  and clean the reddish black part in the center of the cavity  below the back bone
  • Remove the unagi eel back bone by running the sharp boning knive within the backbone from the head to the tail
  • Cut the unagi eel into bite pieces
  • Pat dry the excess moisture using kitchen paper
  • Put the unagi eel fillet in a bambo skewer
  • Apply the  homemade kabayaki sauce all over the unagi eel
  • Broil the kabayaki sauce glazed unagi eel until the kabayaki sauce is caramelised and the unagi eel is cooked through, flip it over to prevent the kabayaki sauce burned out.
  • Apply more kabayaki sauce  in the unagi eel meat side twice during the broiling process
  • Served the unagi kabayaki immediately with steaming hot rice.

Homemade Kabayaki Sauce Recipe for Grilling Unagi or Eel:

  • 300 ml light soy sauce
  • 100 ml mirin
  • 10o ml sake
  • 200 ml molases or sugar (i’m using palm sugar)

How to Make Kabayaki Sauce :

  • Mix all ingredients in a heavy bottom non stick sauce pan, bring it to boil
  • Simmer the kabayaki sauce over low heat until thicken into half

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Chinese Style Steamed Live Lobster with Garlic, Ginger, Scallion and Soy Sauce

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Chinese Style Steamed Lobster with Superior Soy Sauce

Steamed live lobster in Chinese Style with Garlic, Ginger, Scallion and Superior Soy Sauce Recipe. Cantonese style steamed lobster is less popular compare to the stir fried, but i assured you this simple steaming version is delicious too. Live or very fresh lobster steamed and then served with it’s very own natural sweetness and a hint of garlic, scallion and ginger infused in a superior soy sauce mixture. Steamed lobster is a very easy,  simple and yet elegant dish that would impressed everybody.

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Chinese Style Steamed Lobster with Garlic, Ginger, Scallion and Soy Sauce

The chinese style steamed lobster recipe is an alternative quicky dish. Beside the fact that steaming is one of the healtiest way of cooking, the result is surprisingly superb. Lobster is lobster right, it must be succulent and delicious even if you simply eat the raw lobster straight away after you freshly killed and shuck the meat of the live lobster. I’ve try lobster in very different way but none of steaming method before,  so you should give it a try sometimes. Here’s the list of of lobster recipes;

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Cantonese Style Steamed Lobster with Garlic, Ginger, Scallion and Soy Sauce

Cantonese style steamed lobster recipe is a very easy and quick to prepare. The live lobster killed and cleaned first, since I love the lobster tomaley and all the goodness in the head so i let it steamed whole. If you didn’t want that part you can halved the shell then removed the tomaley under running water first. The cleaned lobster then laid in a heatproof glass bowl, meanwhile the chopped  garlic, ginger and white part of the scallion stir fried until charred and caramelized in a smoking hot wok pan with a little ammount of lard or oil first. The garlic mixture then boiled slowly with superior soy sauce for about 10 minutes until the garlic, ginger and scallion flavour infused to the soy sauce. After the soy sauce coolled down a little bit, i sieved the soy sauce with cheese cloth first before used for unecessary good looking presentation.

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The Lobster Anthena Sneaking Out from the Steamed

How to steamed the whole lobster is one the hell of hillarious steps, once again for unnecessary presentation i insist to kept the spiny lobster long anthena, it’s even sneaking out from the steamer. The cleaned lobster dredged with the garlic, scallion and ginger infused soy sauce then the entire bowl wrapped goodly with aluminium foil to lock the moisture while the steaming process. No need to discard the steamed lobster drippping liquid first before put the soy sauce, simply mix it all the way. Steamed lobster dripping is sweet without fishy odor at all unlike the Cantonese Style Steamed Live Grouper Fish dripping that really smells muddy and fishy. Hot sesame oil poured to the steamed lobster and then garnished with chopped cilantro and julienned ginger just before serving.

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Live Bamboo Lobster

I purchased the live bamboo lobster from Iane Fish Market that located on Jl. Kebagusan dalam I no.42, Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta. The live bamboo lobster in this recipe weighed about 350 grams and cost me about 14 $ (40 USD/kg). Iane fish market is a trusted live seafood distributor that provide many kinds of farmed live seafood, including many kinds of groupers; mouse grouper, coral trout, mud grouper. Beside, they provide several variant of lobster, including slipper lobster, bamboo lobster, and sand lobster. One thing for sure, they provide it with much more afforable price tag rather than fancy live seafood restaurant all over Jakarta. Handling live lobster is really pissing me off,  the lobster can’t stand still and kept cracling all over once i tried to photograph it, so i sedated the lobster by put in in ice bath first.

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Chinese Style Steamed Live Lobster


Spinny lobster is the only lobster available here in Indonesia, it’s easily noticed for it’s spiny head, clawless body with a very long anthenas. Tropical ocean didn’t suits any clawned lobster like Maine lobster. I’m using live bamboo lobster for this recipe, the shell isn’t as hard as the clawned lobster and it’s made easier to crack open. The meat and shell weight ratio of spiny lobster is less compare to the clawned lobster once it cooked, but it much more succulent and sweeeter than the clawned lobster. So made your own choices, you can use the Maine lobster or even prawn instead of spiny lobster for this recipe.

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Chinese Style Steamed Whole Bamboo Lobster

Steaming whole lobster is tricky, timing is the key of any steaming seafood. DO NOT OVERCOOKED lobster because the lobster meat  gonna be tough and rubberry. Trust me, you won’t ever wanted to overcooked your pricey steamed live lobster. You should steamed the lobster until nearly done, the remaining heat will throughly cooked the lobster meat. When you throughly cooked  the lobster, it will be overcooked once you serving it in the dinner table. 7 to 10 minutes is what needed to steamed whole lobster in  medium size (about 300-500 grams).

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Steamed Live Lobster with Superior Soy Sauce

The steamed lobster served with a dip of black vinegar, ginger and chopped bird eye chillies. Sounds boring, but trust me, your taste buds will apreciate the sweetness and the soft texture of the steamed live lobster. The steamed lobster with garlic, ginger, scallion and soy sauce is already delicious without any dipping actually, but it’s too obvious that anything taste better with chilies for my Indonesian licking.

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Recipe Chinese Style Steamed Live Lobster (Cantonese Style Steamed Lobster with Superior Soy Sauce, Garlic, Ginger, Scallion and Cilantro)

Recipe Chinese Style Steamed Live Lobster (Cantonese Style Steamed Lobster with Superior Soy Sauce, Garlic, Ginger, Scallion and Cilantro)

Ingredients

  • 1 medium size live bamboo lobster (you can replace with any kind of lobster or prawn)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice 
  • 1 tbsp of brown sugar (or rock sugar)
  • 2 tbsp of premium light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp premium mushroom sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp of sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil for stir frying
  • 2 tbsp  of  angciu /chinese cooking wine
  • 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 cm knob of ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 scallion (white part only), finely chopped

How to Make Chinese Style Steamed Lobster:

  • Mix all liquid ingredients and dissolved the rock sugar on it prior to steaming the lobster, set aside
  • Rub the lobster lighly with salt and lemon juice, set aside
  • Heat the olive oil in a wok until smoking hot, then stir fry the garlic, ginger and scallion until fragrant, charred and completely caramelized
  • Pour the soy sauce mixture and bring it to boil, simmer for about 10 minutes, turn off the heat then set aside (i sieved it with cheese cloth before use),
  • Put the lobster in heatproof steaming pyrex bowl, cover the bowl with alumunium foil
  • Steam the lobster about 5- 7  minutes until done depending of the lobster size
  • DO NOT OVERCOOKED, so check the steamed lobster in the  couple of last minutes
  • Put the fish in a serving plate, garnish with chopped cilantro then pour the sesame oil

Garnish: Chopped cilantro

Dipping sauce *optional : Chinese Black Vinegar, Soy Sauce, Jullienned Ginger, Chopped Bird Eye Chillies

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Resep Pampis Ikan Cakalang Fufu Khas Manado (Menadonese Spicy Shredded Smoked Skipjack Tuna)

Resep Pampis Ikan Cakalang Fufu Khas Manado ikan tongkol asap pedas cabe rica ricaPampis Ikan Cakalang Fufu khas Manado, Pampis is a  stir fry shredded fish in a spicy chili seasoning, while ikan means fish and cakalang is a local name of skipjack tuna. Cakalang Fufu is a Menadonese word for ikan asap or smoked fish. Ikan cakalang fufu made of fresh skipjack tuna, slightly different from my Homemade Smoked Salmon recipe, cakalang fufu is hot smoked without priorly being cured. This made the cakalang fufu texture is as hard as a fucking rock, similiar to Japanese katsuobushi fish. Cakalang fufu it’s uncommon to consume directly unless it’s cooked before, pampis is one of the populer dish made of it. Pampis ikan cakalang fufu is a similiar dish with  Indian fish puttu, a drier version  of pampis is called abon ikan or fish floss, it’s also called fish rousong in China or serunding ikan in Malaysia.

recipe spicy shredded fish stir fry chilli pampis ikan fish rousong serunding ikanResep Pampis Ikan Cakalang Fufu is a very popular and hearthy menu from North Sulawesi Province, Indonesia. Pampis is  another popular halal dish from Menadonese Cuisine, beside Iga Bakar Rica-Ric(Barbequed Short Ribs), Ikan Baronang Bakar Rica-Rica(Grilled Fish) and also Garo Rica Bunga Pepaya(Stir Fry Papaya Blossoms with Chilli and Smoked Skipjack). Pampis ikan cakalang fufu usually eaten as a side dish of Tinutuan or Bubur Manado (Manadonese Vegetable Porridge), as a stuffing for panada bread, similiar stuffed deep fried bread like empanada. But for me, i actually lovin it with bread sandwich or steaming hot rice, quicky kicking dish for breakfast supper.

resep pampis ikan pedas khas Manado cakalang fufu tongkol asap tumis pedas

resep pampis pedas ikan cakalang asap masakan menado spicy shredded fish rousong

It’s too obvious that Indonesin food taste mostly hot and spicy. Generous ammount of bird eye chilli is a commonly used in masakan Manado or Manadonese cuisine, that’s why most of Manadonese recipe above named after rica or chilli.  Pampis ikan cakalang contains variant of fragrance leaves; pandan leaves, kaffir lime leaves, scallion, turmeric leaves,  and daun kemangi (lemon basil). Pandan leaves is a potent fragrance leaves thats very common add to Manadonese cuisine like iga sapi bakar bumbu rica-rica or grilled ribs with hot chilli sauce. Instead of thinly sliced, you can tide up the pandan and turmeric leaves before using it if you din’t much appreciate the flavour. Pandan leaves got a very potent aromas, you need only a little of that because it can easily overpowering the savoury dish. Other fragrance ingredient that usually used in Manadonese cuisines is  and lemongrass, diffrent from Padangnese cuisines like  Indonesian Beef Rendang, Kalio Sapi (Wet Rendang) or Beef Gulai, the kaffir lime leaves and the lemongrass in Manadonese dish is not discarded after cooking, instead it’s thinly sliced. Thats why you use  only the soft  white part of the lemongrass  into it.

resep pampis khas manado ikan cakalang fufu asap pedas tumis shredded spicy fish

cakalang fufu ikan tongkol asap smoked skipjack tuna fish resep pampis pedas

Authentic pampis recipe using ikan cakalang fufu or smoked skipjack tuna, i’m lucky enough to find the vaccum packed cakalang fufu fron Careffour Supermarket. Many of pampis recipes across the internet using fresh skipjack tuna or other white fleshes fish. The whole fresh fish or fish fillets steamed and then shredded before stir fried with the spices. This version is good enought, but you’ll missed the distinct smokey flavour, so i guess the fresh fish fillets is better be grilled irahter than steamed before shredded. The fish fillet is slowly grilled over medium high heat wood charcoal to made the smoke penetrated better into the fish flesh and made the fish fillets firmer and drier. The grilled fish give a savoury flavour and smokey aromas to the dish. Any hot smoked fish will suitable for making pampis, even the rock hard smoked fish like katsuobushi (Japanese smoked skipjack tuna), you can steamed it first to soften it a little bit and made it’s easier to shredded.

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Resep Pampis Cakalang Fufu Pedas Khas Manado:

Stir Fry Shredded Fish in Manadonese Spicy and Hot Style

Ingredients :

  • 500 gr ikan cakalang fufu, you can replace with smoked or grilled whole ell, halibut, dori, salmon or other white fleshes fish, sheddered
  • 6 cloves garlic (Bawang Putih), thinly sliced
  • 12 shalots (Bawang Merah), thinly sliced
  • 50 gr or more bird eye chillies (Cabe Rawit Hijau dan Merah), roughly chopped
  • 2 scallions (Daun Bawang), thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup lemon basil leaves (Daun Kemangi), finely chopped
  • 5 cm pandan leaves (Daun Pandan), thinly sliced
  • 3 cm ginger (Jahe), finely chopped
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves (Daun Jeruk Purut), deveined and thinly sliced
  • 2 lemongrass (Sereh), peeled and use the soft while part only, crosswisely sliced
  • 1 medium size turmeric leaves (Daun Kunyit), deveined and thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder (Bubuk Kunyit)
  • 1 medium size carrot (Wortel), jullienned*optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp oil for stir frying

Instruction:

  1. Heat up oil in a wok pan, saute garlic, sliced scallions, ginger and shallots until slightly browned
  2. Add the pandan leaves,turmeric leaves, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass and chili, saute another 2 minutes
  3. Add the shredded smoked fish or grilled fresh fish and the carrot
  4. Pour 1/2 cup of water, bring to boil and season with salt, turmeric powder and pepper evenly
  5. Nearly done, add the daun kemangi or lemon basil leaves, turn off the heat and serve immediately with steaming hot rice or Manadonese Vegetables Rice Porridge/Congee
  6. You can continue to cook the pampis to made a fish floss (if only without carrot additio ), keep stir fry it in a low heat until all the ingredients completely dry and it could last longer without refrigeration.

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