Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Fish, Veg and Soup, Malaysian style.

To live up to this website's name, I guess I should blog about something actually Malaysian. So I will show how I made a very basic staple Malaysian meal of fish, veg and soup.

For the soup, I just boiled some pork bones which I trimmed off the shoulder steaks which I marinated for Char Siew the next day. After an hour, I added potatoes, carrots, onions, and later on, tomatoes. Only salt, sugar and pepper is needed later on for taste.

For the fish, I use filleted mackerel. This is the closest you get to "ikan kembung" in the UK, which is my favourite fish in Malaysia. I could have cooked the fish whole, but wife and son do not like small bones in fish! For the veg, I bought freshly air-freighted kangkung (water spinach) from Thailand. Outside the winter months, you can actually buy Dutch kangkung here, but they are too thick for my liking.

I simply fry the fish in a non-stick pan. The fish will shed a lot of oil while frying, so there is no need to use too much in the beginning. I continue to fry the skin side in its own oil till it's crispy. Then turn it over and just lightly brown the flesh side. For the veg, I use my own sambal belachan (prawn chilli paste), where all the ingredients are readily available here.

Finally, I garnish both with fried garlic, ginger and shallots.


And dinner is served!
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10 comments:

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

hmmm yummy dinner..i marinate my mackarel with some white miso, teriyaki sauce, mirin and some sugar..try it with other fishes also..tastes wonderful

Nic (KHKL) said...

the soup reminds me of a childhood friend called ABC Soup. lol! used to have that with white rice. well, instead of pork bones, we use anchovies.

Wennnn said...

Abc soup.. yes I make it all de time.. This is my fav soup all time becoz is easy to get from Sainsbury or Tesco...

ling239 said...

u put sugar in your soup ? =.="

yammylicious said...

simple and nice! but i darn lazy to boil soup! NICE slurp!

Hazza said...

joe:
When I first started making this dish, I did use a marinade, but I found that the sauce burnt in the cooking process, so I now add it at the end of the cooking process.

nic:
what does ABC stand for? Not hear it called this way before. Ikan bilis a bit more expensive that pork bones here ;)

wenn,
yeah, cheap to make too!Often, just use cast offs from other dishes.

ling,
I do use sugar with most dishes, but not enough to be able to taste it.... just enough to give the taste a little bit more "body". Eg, even in chow kuey teow, you get sugar, which comes from the kicap manis.

yammy,
I too am too lazy to boil soup on its own, but if I am already in kitchen and using by-products of the other dishes I am cooking, it's not so much hassle :)

bigfish_chin said...

hey hazza,
How come the KangKung so long eh~
Cook with Sambal even BEST!

Nic (KHKL) said...

Hazza, if i'm not wrong, it stands for all the vitamins in the soup.
vitamin a = carrots
vitamin b = potatoes
vitamin c = tomatoes
i hope i'm right..haha!

sc said...

this meal is as malaysian as it can get! ABC soup is one of my all time faves!

Hazza said...

bigfish,
I think kangkung is normally like this, but market trader trim off some of the brance.

nic,
I never even knew it was called abc soup. Thanks for the enlightenment!

sc,
I craved this soup for many years before trying to make it myself. Never knew it was so simple!