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Sambal Terubuk Goreng

About this recipe: Fried fish is a staple in a traditional Malay meal. This stuffed ikan terubuk (shad) is a nice variation to a fish dish.

Suhara Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Ingredients
Serves: 4 

  • 1 whole ikan terubuk (shad) - cleaned
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon tumeric powder
  • 1 lemongrass bulb, thinly slice and pounded
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Spice Blend:
  • 300g grated coconut
  • 4 shallots
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 cm ginger
  • 1 fresh red chilli, deseeded
  • 1 tablespoon dried shrimp, soaked in hot water
  • 2 cm belacan, toasted
  • Salt to taste

Directions
Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:15min  ›  Ready in:45min 

  1. Slit down the back of the fish to make a pocket on one side. Rub 1 teaspoon salt and turmeric powder onto the fish and let it marinate for 15 minutes.
  2. Grind the spice ingredients together and then blend well with the pounded lemongrass. Check the seasoning and add salt to taste.
  3. Stuff the mixed ingredients into the fish.
  4. Heat oil in wok until hot and deep fry the fish on both sides until cooked.

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