Saturday, November 14, 2009

Spicy Tangy Marine CatFish Head

Just for you, Navarino-s.... My mum is happy to share this recipe with you.. hope you like her recipe...

Spicy Tangy Marine Catfish Head

1 fish head ...spread tamarind paste all over and leave aside for 1hour. Using sharp knife scrape off the silver and grey skin of the fish. Rub the fish with salt and lemon all over and rinse thoroughly till you are confident that there's

no more of that fishy smell.... (tough job yeaah..pheww!)

1 tablespoon of Kerisek: 1 cup of grated coconut cooked in heated wok with no oil, no water added and over a slow fire. Keep stirring until it is fragrant and browned.. do not overcook or it will burn. Let it cool and grind the browned coconut to a fine paste, in my case I used coffee grinder.

1 stalk of lemongrass slightly bruised

1 big bowl of vietnamese coriander sprig( use only the leaves... soaked in water and strained)

1 tablespoon black pepper

200g of tamarind(asam) paste .. (dissolve tamarind paste with 2cups of water to make asam juice.. Strain the tamarind(asam) juice.)

Using the blender and grind the following ingredients into fine paste*

*1 handful of dried red chillies or..(abt 20 dried chili using scissors and cut chillies into 1 inch pieces and soaked in boiling water till soften.. rinse and strain.)

* 8 small bird's eye chili pepper(optional)

* 5 fresh red chili (optional)

* 1 tablespoon of prawn paste (belacan)

* 1 big onion(the bigger the better)

*2 cloves of garlic

*1/2 inch of ginger

* 1 inch size of fresh turmeric or (1tablespoon of turmeric powder)

1.Heat the wok with about 1 and half cup of vegetable oil..

2.Add in the blended ingredients and black pepper .. keep stirring over medium heat .. if the chilli paste turn dry and you happen to start sneezing... well, you can add 1/2 cup of water. Keep stirring and add in the kerisek .. cook till the paste turn crispy.. add in tamarind(asam) juice. You can adjust the thickness of the gravy by additional cup of water...

Mix well and let it boil.

Once boiling, add in the fish head, lemongrass... leave it to cook.. add salt to taste. lastly, add in vietnam coriander sprig leaves.

For the fillet ( marinate with salt, turmeric powder and chili powder) and fry till crispy.


navarino-s said...

Ohhhhhhh!!!! My dear Hani i feel so obliged to you and to your mother!!! Thank you very very much for the recipe!

For the recipe of soup with fish head you need every kind of fish with scales. Look at the COOKTHEBOOK blog (October 12, 2009) all the materials are show in the pic. Boil those with water for 20 min. add oil and after put inside the fish head and continue the boiling for 15 min.
Good luck if you try!

hani said...

you are most welcomed... and thank you for recipe soup with fish head.

thank you and i will sure try out cooking your recipe.