Fish Sampadeh

I found an interesting looking fish with large pinkish scales and beautiful texture. I couldn’t think of a better way to cook it but to smother it in a lot of tomatoes, garlic and tamarind. It does tastes like Sampadeh but not as spicy, just perfect….. **sampadeh is a typical west sumatran dish from Indonesia, spicy sweet & sour stew of beef or fish usually**

* Fish fillet
* Lemon 1 pcs
* 2 stalks of lemon grass - pounded
* Kaffir lime leaves 5 pcs
* Fresh ginger slices about 2cm
* Bayleaf 2 pcs
* Pinch of galangal powder
* Tomatoes - lots
* Tamarind ~ asam kandis is the best one, it’s important to have the right kind of tamarind as it affects the overall taste
* Red chilies, seeded and washed - processed smoothly
* Cardamom pods 2 - 4 pcs
* Fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped
* sugar, salt, pepper, garlic

1.) To begin with, I always stir fry some garlic & onions, add chilies
2.) Add chopped tomatoes, bayleaf, salt, sugar,, cardamom pods, kaffir lime leaves
3.) Add the fish and then leave the cover on for a while until the sauce thickens
4.) Throw in chopped coriander leaves and a twist of lemon juice

**Recipe source: my dad's fam

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