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Tumis Bawang Merah: Sauteed Shallots and Chillies with Chinese Silver Fish

Tumis bawang merah is an addictive dish that’s currently trending on social media, consisting of sauteed shallots with chillies and Chinese silver fish, or whitebait.

Ikan Kembung Masak Kecap: Indian Mackerel in Sweet Soy Sauce

Ikan kembung masak kecap is an aromatic dish of fried fish cooked in sweet soy sauce and various herbs and spices. No blending or pounding required!

Spaghetti Sardines

A quick, easy meal of spaghetti and canned sardines. The sardines are sautéed in spices for a Javanese touch, then tossed with the spaghetti.

Dori Tauco Medan: Medan-Style Sliced Fried Dory in Preserved Soy Bean Sauce

A Medan-style fish dish of fried dory slices glazed in a sauce of preserved fermented soybeans, dark soy sauce, chillies, and tamarind paste.

Gulai Cumi Bunting: Padang-style ‘Pregnant’ Squid

A Padang-style gulai dish (a spicy coconut curry). Each squid is stuffed with tofu and egg, and then simmered in the gulai gravy until tender.

Ikan Goreng: Deep Fried Fish

Ikan goreng is a common way of cooking fish in the Malay Archipelago. Fish steaks are marinated in spices, then deep-fried in very hot oil.

Ikan Bakar Dabu-Dabu: Grilled Fish with Sambal Dabu-Dabu

Grilled fish is a classic dish — this recipe puts a spin on it by adding sambal dabu-dabu, or Manado chopped tomato and chilli salsa.

Cumi Bakar Saus Padang: Grilled Squid in Padang Sauce

Cumi Bakar Saus Padang: a popular restaurant recipe of fresh squid marinated in a cooked spice paste of coconut milk and herbs, then grilled.

Asam Padeh (Asam Pedas): Malay Tamarind and Chilli Fish Curry

Recipe for Asam padeh / pedas — a common fish curry with a refreshing, complex flavour made using a paste of dried chillies and tamarind.

Cumi Saus Lada Hitam: Squid in Black Pepper Sauce

Cumi Saus Lada Hitam: a trendy modern Indonesian recipe. The dish comprises squid cooked in black pepper sauce with chilies and oyster sauce.
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