Thursday, July 10, 2008

Tamarind Grilled Snapper with Noodles

Someone asked me to name a happy place, except from my shit-holey flat. I thought for so long...considering:
It is probably heaven, except for the chickens and the slow moving, uninspired, unmotivated staff. But then again, sometimes the slow service pisses me off. So, No. It can't be my top happy place
- The Office
Who am I kidding?!...I should not love my job THAT much, right?
- Exercise classes, whenever that hot hip hop teacher guy is teaching
Although I enjoy exercising and dancing when I am in class, sometimes it really IS kinda hard to drag my ass off my comfy sofa, especially when it is raining cats and dogs outside
- Theme parks
They are supposedly happy places, but sometimes there are so many factors to make them otherwise, such as: sous chef and friends who refused to play any games they deemed "dangerous" such as the merry-go-round (rolling my eyes), too teeny tiny-with very limited games to play (in case of Hong Kong Disneyland), unbeliveably long queue-you can only play a handful of the games nobody wants to play throughout the day (in case of Tokyo Disneyland), etc
- The mall
The cheap ones get me carried away easily, and the expensive ones....there's nothing there I could afford to buy. So, definitely not my favorite happy place I guess it's gotta be.....
- Markets and supermarkets
I loveee markets and supermarkets...there's always something you can buy, and most of the time it won't cost me so much ^_^ (not as much as the latest branded "It" bag at least), and with the teeny tiny seemingly unimportant thing you bought, you can create big, and lotsa yummy things. For daily shopping, I am quite a strict shopper and normally just buy the things which are needed for the day's recipe. However, when I go to supermarkets for FUN, especially INDONESIAN supermarkets, I'd get this and that, and this and that, and I'll end up buying the whole shop.

Sometimes I'd buy something, stash it in my kitchen drawer for "future use" and I'd totally forget that I have it. I've bought a pack of tamarind quite a while ago, and only remember I had it when I saw Wandering Chopsticks' Vietnamese Salt and Pepper Crab with Tamarind, Ginger, Scallions and Garlic!

I dug up my drawer, and found so many buried treasures, such as konyaku jelly powder packets, curry packets, spices, dark chocolate bars (!! How could I?? Maybe cheeky sous chef hid them there?), sweet and sour sauce mix, soup base mix, the list went on and on...and I totally forgot about them!!!

So I've decided to make this
Tamarind Grilled Snapper

Here's the packet of tamarind, I dissolve about 2 tablespoonfuls with a bit of hot water for easy mixing

The marinate/sauce mix
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 cloves shallot, thinly sliced
- 1 cm ginger, chop into pieces
- a bunch of fresh corriander, finely chopped
- 2 red chilli, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp tamarind, dissolved in a bit of hot water
- 2 pieces of palm sugar, dissolved in a bit of hot water
- 1 teaspoon salt

Marinate and refrigerate the fish, for at least 1 hour. Preheat oven 150C, grill with the sauce until the meat is almost cooked, turn the oven to 250C and grill until the skin's golden. Alternatively, you can crisp the skin first before dumping it into the oven (I am not into pan frying fish in my tiny flat :p)

The sauce should not go to waste, so, inspired by Wandering Chopsticks, I used the sauce for this plate of ramen. Tasty, hot, sweet, and sour noodles. Sharing this with Presto Pasta Night, hosted this week by A Scientist in the Kitchen

Now let me continue my dig...I remember hiding some mini Snickers from sous chef a while ago...


daphne said...

oo..sour and spicy-that's the way to do it girl! nice!

tigerfish said...

Tamarind! Thou sauce should not come to waste...YESSSsss!

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Oooh, I've been anticipating this dish ever since you mentioned it. Looks fantastic! Hehe, I'll have to return the favor and give you a shout-out when I start posting my kecap manis recipes. ;)

Mónica said...

This marinade is wonderful, i almost can taste that lovely fish, yummi!

gay said...

I love the noodles and tamarind combo :)

elsye said...

mirip empek foto yang bawah..:D, asem2 seger yaa :P

Kalyn said...

Tamarind is one of my very favorite flavors. I still remember the first time I tasted it (in Cuban food, in Miami.) The snapper looks just delicious!

Salt & Turmeric said...

why didn i ever think of using the leftover sauce for my noodles? *smack forehead*. i love fish so im gonna try ur recipe.

Dwiana P said...

Rit, lo jadi beli lampu dhak? kalau jadi kasih tau gw hasil nya kek gimana yah qiiqiqiqi
eh itu stylish ikan lo cantik neng.

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

That fish looks so freakin' good. And with that sauce? I can just imagine lipsmacking goodness!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Oh YUMMY! I totally want to try this baked fish of yours. Hmmm...let me go buy some whole fish with skin first!

Lina said...

ohh i love finding things in my cupboard! its like finding 5 dollars in a pair of jeans I havent worn in a while. your grilled snapper looks great!

Kevin said...

That looks good and sounds tasty! I have been wanting to use tamarind more often.

Anonymous said...

I probably would have answered the bathroom is a happy place... but they would have looked at me weird, right? :-)

Nice job on the grilled Snapper Rita! It looks fantastic!

Ruth Daniels said...

Happy place....visiting your blog! This dish in particular looks scrumptious and perfect to use up the other half of my tamarind paste.

Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights