Sunday, April 22, 2012

Steamed/Deep-fried Bass in Spiced Nut Sauce (Steam/Goreng Ikan Kakap Putih Saus Kacang)

1.5 lb sea bass, cleaned
6 candle nuts or 9 macadamia nuts
2 quarter-sized slices of fresh ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1 seeded plum tomato, sliced
4 tiny hot red chilies, seeded
5 shallots
2 scallions
1/2 small red onion
1 tbsp peanut oil
aluminum foil to make 14-inch square
4 tbsp dark sweet soy sauce (kecap manis) for deep-fried only

In a food processor, chop the nuts coarsely, then add the ginger, salt, tomato slices, chilies, shallots, scallions, and red onion. Whirl to make a paste, then stir in the peanut oil. Place one-third of this mixture in the middle of the aluminum square, place fish on top of the paste, and place another one-third of the paste in the cavity of the fish.

Scrape remaining paste over fish and fold to make a secure package. Place package over boiling water in a large steamer and steam, covered, for 30 minutes. Replenish water from time to time, if necessary.

Another way to cook this fish using the same ingredients is to deep fried the fish, and cover the whole fish with peanut sauce afterward (just fried the rest of the ingredient and add some dark sweet sauce).

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Grilled Fish in Red Sauce (Ikan Bakar Saus Tomat)

Grilled Fish in Red Sauce Ikan Bakar Saus Tomat

1 Snapper (about 375g), cleaned and scaled
salt, to taste
2 tbsp white vinegar
6 tbsp vegetable oil

2 medium onions, chopped
1 tbsp sambal ulek
1cm piece of blachan, dry roasted
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tbsp coriander (cilantro) leaves, chopped

Make 4 evenly spaced gashes on either side of the snapper. Rub the whole fish with the salt and vinegar. Set aside for 10-12 minutes. Heat 4 tablespoons of the oil in a pan. Shallow fry the fish on both sides for 5-7 minutes, until cooked.

Alternatively, you can grill the fish. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a medium pan and add to the onion. Cook until soft. Add the sambal ulek and blachan. Stir fry for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and black pepper. Cook over a medium heat until the sauce is thick and pulpy. Stir in half the coriander.

Spoon the sauce over the fish and serve hot, sprinkled with the remaining coriander.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Shrimp Curry with Quails' Eggs (Gulai Udang)

Shrimp Curry with Quails' Eggs Gulai Udang

900g fresh prawn (shrimp) tails, peeled.
3 Quails' eggs
3 tbsp vegetable oil

4 shallots or 1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 piece galangal or fresh ginger, 2.5cm long, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 piece lemon grass, 5cm or 2in long, finely shredded
1-2 small red chilies, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp fish sauce

400g canned coconut milk
300ml chicken stock
115g Chinese leaves, roughly shredded

2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt

2 spring onions (scallions), green part only, shredded, to garnish
2 tbsp shredded coconut, to garnish

Boil the quails' eggs for 8 minutes. Refresh in cold water, peel by dipping in cold water to release the shells and set aside. Heat the vegetables oil in a large wok, add the shallots or onion, galangal or ginger and garlic and soften without coloring.

Add the lemon grass, chilies, turmeric and shrimp paste of fish sauce and fry briefly to bring out their flavors. Add the prawns (shrimp) and fry briefly. Pour the coconut milk in a strainer over a bowl, then add the thin part of the milk with the chicken stock.

Add the Chinese leaves, sugar and salt and bring to the boil. Simmer for 6-8 minutes. Turn out onto a serving dish, halve the quails' eggs and toss in the sauce. Scatter with the spring onions (scallions) and the shredded coconut.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Duck with Green Chili (Babek Kalio)

Duck with Green Chili Babek Kalio

1 whole duck, about 1.7 kg jointed*
10 medium green chili peppers, sliced
2 medium onions, chopped
1 tbsp ground turmeric
2 tbsp ground coriander
3 tbsp raw cashew nuts
1 tbsp ground ginger
4 tbsp chopped garlic
a few black peppercorns
a little water
4 tbsp peanut oil
2 bay leaves
1 stalks lemon grass, sliced and bruised
a pinch of shrimp powder
1 tbsp tamarind pulp
250ml water
*or chicken

Combine the chili peppers, onion, ground turmeric, ground coriander, cashew nuts, ground ginger, garlic and black peppercorns in a blender or food processor. Add a little water (use as little water as possible) and blend to a paste. Set aside. Heat the peanut oil in a large pan over a medium heat.

Add the bay leaves, lemon grass and paste. Saute for 4-5 minutes. Add the duck and shrimp powder. Cook, stirring, until the duck is sealed on all sides. Add the water and cook over a low heat for 15-20 minutes, until the duck is almost done.

Remove from the heat and set aside until ready to serve. Before serving, skim off any excess fat, add the tamarind pulp and heat through gently. Serve hot with steamed rice.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Beef Sate with a Hot Mango Dip (Sate Bali)

Beef Sate with a Hot Mango Dip Sate Bali

450g sirloin steak, 2cm thick, trimmed
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
50g raw cashew nuts
1 tbsp vegetable oil

2 shallots, or 1 small onion, finely chopped
1 piece fresh ginger, 12mm long, peeled and finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tbsp tamarind sauce
2 tbsp dark soy sauce
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp rice or white wine vinegar

Hot Mango Dip
1 ripe mango
1-2 small red chilies, seeded and finely chopped
1 tbsp fish sauce
juice of 1 lime
2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander leaves

Slice the beef into long narrow strips and thread, zig-zag, onto 12 bamboo skewers. Lay on a flat plate and set aside. For the marinade, dry fry the seeds and nuts in a large wok until evenly brown.

Place in a pestle and mortar with a rough surface and crush finely. Alternatively, blend the spices and nuts in a food processor. Add the vegetable oil, shallots or onion, ginger, garlic, tamarind and soy sauces, sugar and vinegar.

Spread this mixture over the beef and leave to marinate for up to 8 hours. Cook the beef under a moderate grill (broiler) or over a barbecue for 6-8 minutes, turning to ensure an even color.

Meanwhile, make the mango dip. Process the mango flesh with the chilies, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar and salt until smooth, then add the coriander. Serve this dish with a green salad and a bowl of plain rice.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Beef in Tamarind Sipcy Sauce (Daging Asam)

Beef in Tamarind Sipcy Sauce Daging Asam

750g rump beef, diced
1 tbsp peanut oil, extra
3 green shallots, sliced
2 medium red chilies, deseeded and sliced
1 tbsp sweet soy sauce (kecap manis)
1 tbsp tamarind concentrate
1/2-3/4 cup beef stock
3 Okra (lady's fingers or gumbo)

2 French shallots, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp terasi
2 tsp peanut oil

Crush or pound paste ingredients in a food processor. Heat oil in a wok or saucepan. Add beef and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes or until brown. Add paste and shallots and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes. Add chilies, kecap manis, tamarind and stock.

Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add eggplant and cook for another 5-6 minutes or until beef is tender and sauce has reduced. Stir through green shallots, and serve with steamed rice.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Spicy Roast Chicken (Ayam Bakar Berbumbu)

Spicy Roast Chicken Ayam Bakar Berbumbu

8 chicken drumsticks
250ml thick coconut milk and 500ml thin coconut milk from 1.5 coconuts
2 stalks lemongrass, bruised
2 kaffir lime leaves
4 tbsp oil
salt and sugar to taste
3 tbsp sweet soy sauce mixed with 3 tbsp oil

Ground spices :
10 red chilies
15 dried chilies, soaked
10 pips garlic
1 tsp peppercorns
1 tsp coriander seeds
1.5 cm saffron
3/4 cm galangal
5 candlenuts

Heat oil in the wok, saute ground spices, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves till fragrant. Add chicken drumsticks and thin santan, and cook till chicken is half done.

Add thick coconut milk and cook till gravy become thick and chicken is well done. Remove and leave to cool. Glaze chicken drumsticks with sweet soy sauce and cooking oil mixture. Grill till brown. Remove and serve hot.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Grilled/Broiled Cashew Nut Chicken (Ayam Khas Bali)

Grilled Broiled Cashew Nut Chicken Ayam Khas Bali

4 chicken drumsticks,

Marinade ingredients (grind)
50g raw cashew or macadamia nuts
2 shallots, or 1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 small red chilies, chopped
1 piece lemon grass, 5cm long
1 tbsp tamarind sauce
2 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tbsp fish sauce - optional
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp rice or white wine vinegar
Chinese leaves, to serve
1 tomato, sliced to garnish
1/2 cucumber, sliced to garnish

Using a sharp knife, slash the chicken drumsticks several times through to the bone, chop off the knuckle end and set aside.

To make the marinade, place the cashew or macadamia nuts in a food processor or coarse pestle and mortar and grind. Add the shallots or onion, garlic, chilies and lemon grass and blend. Add the remaining marinade ingredients. Spread the marinade over the chicken and leave in a cool place for up to 8 hours.

Grill (Broil) the chicken under a moderate heat or over a barbecue for 15 minutes on each side. Place on a dish lined with Chinese leaves and garnish with the sliced tomato and cucumber. Ready to serve.