Indonesia is blessed with huge coastal area so seafood is really popular as main dish, especially for those who living close to the coastal area. Ikan bumbu acar is a typical seafood dish from fishing villages near Pekalongan, on the northern coast of central Java.
Category : Seafood
Difficulty : Easy
Preparing time : 40 minutes
– 300 g sardines or other small fish, cleaned
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 3 tablespoons olive oil
– 2 red chillies, seeded and sliced
– 7 or 8 green/red bird’s eyes chillies, sliced (optional – depend on how much you want it spicy)
– 1 clove of garlic
– 4 shallots
– 1 cm fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
– 1 cm fresh galangal, peeled and sliced
– 1 stalk lemon grass, use only the white part, chopped
– 1 medium tomato, cut in wedges
– 1 tablespoon tamarind juice
– 1 salaam leaf
– 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
– 2 tablespoons water
– basil sprigs to garnish (optional)
Spice Paste :
– 1 shallots
– 1 clove garlic
– 1/2 teaspoon white peppercorn
– 1/4 teaspoon coriander
– 1 cm fresh ginger
– 1 cm fresh fresh turmeric
1. Wash the sardines, drain and marinate with salt. Leave for 30 – 60 minutes. Heat the oil and fry the fish until golden brown.
2. Prepare spice paste by grinding or blending all the ingredients.
3. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil and saute the chillies, garlic, shallots, ginger, galangal, lemon grass, tomato, tamarind juice and salaam leaf over high heat for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add sugar, then the spice paste and fry another 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
4. Combine the fried sardines with the spicy sauce in the wok and add water. Cook for another minute, stirring well, then serve and garnished with basil.