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Pan Fried Fish with Sambal Belacan

I still didn't have the chance to get Asian food or fresh seafood in Chinatown yet!.Still too busy cleaning and raking my yard before seeding.Well, I was looking for boneless chicken in freezer but I found a whole fish sitting at the corner.No wonder I keep hearing someone calling my name!!lol!.I'm debating whether I should cook curry or Assam fish?.But I still have some Masak Lemak Chicken in the fridge.Well.....for simplicity,I better pan fried it .
3 month old frozen fish still taste soft and good!! .

I coated this fish with flour and salt before pan fried in skillet
I must have sambal belacan when eating fried fish but usually when you're living in western country,you don't dare to grill or fry belacan(shrimp paste).Asian store in NYC do sell Penang's belacan in cube.You have no idea when your neighbour going to call 911 to search for death body in your home!!lol!. Funky and pungent smell..
Look at what I found in Penang!!.Yes ,a ready fried Shrimp paste powder (belacan powder)!!.
Of course, we need fresh red chili to complete this side dish.I blended 3 pc shallot,red chili,add in salt,sugar and belacan powder to my taste,too bad I don't have Thai's or bird chili. If not I really get the kick out of it!!Don't forget to eat with white rice.This shrimp paste chili is also suitable to eat with Ulam (Malay salad).



Anonymous said...
April 29, 2008 at 6:11 AM

I have ready-bottled sambal belacan (store-bought, of course) in the fridge. A saver when I have plain dishes :P

Anonymous said...
April 29, 2008 at 9:12 AM

walio must be awesome delicious!

Anonymous said...
April 29, 2008 at 1:30 PM

Lovely dish! I still have half of this belacan powder in my fridge.

Anonymous said...
April 29, 2008 at 1:42 PM

Been a while since I had fried fish. Hows the belacan powder vs paste?

Anonymous said...
April 29, 2008 at 2:04 PM

I have to get myself a bottle of belacan powder too when I go home :)

Anonymous said...
April 29, 2008 at 10:07 PM


you have a very nice blog. I also have to get a bottle when I go home. I haven't had sambal belacan for a long time.

Also, thank you for dropping by at my blog :)

Anonymous said...
April 30, 2008 at 12:52 AM

tigerfish:'re so cleaver,save sambal for rainy day!.I remember my mom make her own sambal belacan and send it to me ,all the way from Malaysia year ago..I save that sambal like eating gold...very precious!!.hahaha!

Yes,it's is but slighty different from the fresh belacan we used.

It's really handy when we want to cook something pungent,rite?

Of course the real smelly paste taste better than powder!!

Gert,remember to get more than one! I get 2 bottle but my mom said why I buy this type of belacan!!Aiyooo..I wish I can use the stinky belacan paste!!

Thanks you:).Yes ,it's really handy for us who live in US.Can't use paste ,powder pun jadi la!.asalkan ada bau belacan!lol!

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