Nyonya Asam Pedas

Another ambitious first attempt from me, folks. I just came back from Sabah and I had this wonderful asam pedas at 1Borneo. I liked it so much that I decided to spice things up a bit on this gloomy Sunday afternoon. Here goes:

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All in the pot. In about a litre of water, add few stalks of lemongrass, crushed and bruised, sliced salted vegetables, asam slices and most important, a good helping of laksa leaves. Heat up slowly.

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For the accompanying vegetables, we have okra, eggplant and pineapple. Some people use tomatoes too. I should have had more pineapple.

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It’s all in the pan. Blend onions, garlic and ginger into a paste. Fry in some oil with chilli powder, tumeric powder and a cube of toasted belacan.

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This is what you’ll get after frying the mixture for about 5-10 minutes. It’s now a smooth, thick and fragrant paste.

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By now, your pot of leaves and stalks should be boiling. Stir in the chilli paste you’ve just fried and put in the fish.

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Add vegetables next. I added a bit more water. Next, add some salt and sugar to taste. More laksa leaves can also be added if you want a stronger aroma.

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And we’re done. The gravy is very special. Many people use it as a soup base for noodles or rice. It didn’t take me too long (<30mins) to prepare this dish. Do try this at home. Your family will love it.