Tag: Fish

Gulai Tumis (Tamarind Fish Curry)

Gulai Tumis (Tamarind Fish Curry)

Reading through this post and looking at the pictures of this mouthwatering gulai tumis or tamarind fish curry was especially torturing and painful as I haven’t had this for a while. First of all, fresh fish, especially stingray is hard to come by, even here is California . (The closest fish I could get here is skate wings but it…

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Otak-Otak (Nyonya Fish Custard Wrapped with Banana Leaves)

Otak-Otak (Nyonya Fish Custard Wrapped with Banana Leaves)

Otak-otak. Otak-otak! The mere mention of otak-otak and the visual picture of perfectly steamed and moist fish custard wrapped with banana leaves often sets my mouthwatering. Otak-otak is a classic Nyonya dish—brightly flavored with various aromatic herbs, exotic spices, and infused with the sweet fragrance of rich coconut milk. In Southeast Asia, there are variations of fish custard in the…

Rempah Fish (Fried Fish Stuffed with Sambal)

Rempah Fish (Fried Fish Stuffed with Sambal)

If there is one Nyonya dish that I wish I could make in the United States but couldn’t, this rempah fish or fried fish stuffed with sambal would probably be it. Why? Because a true and authentic Nyonya rempah fish (‘Hu Chee Rempah” in Penang Hokkien) can only be made with hardtail mackerel, a fish that is not available in…