I googled and found that ikan cencaru is called Torpedo Scad in English.
Well, the fish is not a very tasty fish but it is very good when cooked with anything that is spicy to make up for the lack of sweetness of the fish flesh.Ã‚ I often cooked it in my assam soup.
The fishes were gutted and cleaned.Ã‚ Slit a line at the back of the fish (the side away from the stomach).Ã‚ I had pried open with a teaspoon to show the slot.Ã‚ Some people likes to slit both sides but I prefer to do only one slit because it is easier to fry.
The raw fish stuffed with chillies waiting for the deep frying.Ã‚ What I like about ikan cencaru is their hardy skin which is without any scales.Ã‚ I hate removing fish scales and therefore, hardly cook small, local fishes.
Ingredients for sambal
- 5 dried chillies – soaked and remove seeds
- 5 red chillies (or just use dried chillies)
- 2 onions
- 1 bulb garlic
- 1 thumb size tumeric * (can be omitted)
- 3 candlenuts * (can be omitted)
- 3 lemongrass
- 1 piece belacan
- generous amount of tamarind paste mix with water
- salt and sugar to taste
Method : Grind till find, stir fry until fragrant.Ã‚ Then, add the tamarind juice, salt and sugar.Ã‚ Keep stirring until the paste is very dry. The above is more than enough for 6 fishes.Ã‚ However, the sambal itself is very tasty on its own, so some extra is very welcome.
For the sambal, all I did was to grind the aboveÃ‚ and fry them into a fragrant paste.Ã‚ Some people likes to stuff with sliced onions but I don’t because the onions will turned too brown and give the fish a horrible look.
Leftovers fishes keep well in the fridge. You just need to re-heat in the microwave without re-frying again.
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