Thursday, January 13, 2011

Strictly Bare-handed - Fried Salted Fish & Tomato Chilli Paste

No utensils allowed.
Get your forks, knives, spoons and chopsticks off the table.
Prepare to do a lot of finger licking.
Ikan Asin Goreng & Sambal Tomat
Buy some salted fish from a Chinese/Asian food vendor from the market, it could be pricey here in Hong Kong, so choose something to suit your budget. Fry until golden brown.

For my enjoyment, we consumed it the Indonesian way, which is...with some kind of chilli sauce. We chose a simple tomato chilli paste (sambal tomat) to go with our fish.
Ikan Asin Goreng & Sambal Tomat
- 1 large tomatoes, quartered
- 2 large red chillies, remove seeds if you can't handle the heat, add smaller red chillies if you want it hotter
- 1 clove of garlic
- 2 cloves of shallot
- salt, pepper, sugar, vegetable oil

In a food processor, pulse tomatoes, chillies, garlic and shallot. It's up to you how fine you want your paste to be, I prefer mine to be a little chunky but I went overboard and pulsed the mixture for too long. Oppps. Or you can use mortar and pestle and get a bit of exercise to tone your arms. Prepare a bit of hot oil in a frying pan, add the mixture, season with salt, pepper and sugar, taste and adjust seasoning to achieve the perfect balance between savory, sweet and tart.

Serve with a lot of steamed rice.

Be a bit of a barbarian for once. Dig in & enjoy. I wanna hear lip smackin' and finger lickin' :)


EAT ME MIKI! said...

Ooo! I had something like this for lunch today but it was Filipino style and so yummy! Smoked tinapa with garlicky tomato chunks.

Christine Wu said...

OMG! I love this! I prefer sambel terasi though. I could eat plates of rice just with this.

JenCooks said...

Yummy! I want some now.

daphne said...

ahhh.. what abt coconut rice? that will go well with that.

LiLi said...

I love salted fish anytime of the day.

Joanne said...

Food totally tastes better when you eat it with your hands. Love this!

aki! said...

Fish that look that like freak me out!

I don't think I can cook fish. They're too slimy and icky. x_x

lena said...

i can have bowls of rice with this dish alone, over here we just normally eat them plain, no dipping sauce and some like it with porridge too.

Chudex's said...

It's fish fries... wowow....

Arudhi said...

Aaaaaaahhhhh.....yummmyyyyy....! I made this too while ago, but the fish wasn`t that salty and I grilled them instead of frying :D