Thai Style Sweet & Sour Fish

by Lisa K. on Fri, June 29, 2018

Crispy fried fish drenched in sweet and sour sauce. This is the kind of dinner that is so puas hati and great for sharing too!

A weekend dinner in 30 minutes

Serves 2 - 3 people

Some asam jawa is more sour than another, so adjust seasoning as necessary

I used nyok nyok fish for this recipe, you can use bawal, kembong, ikan merah or any fish that is good for frying. Ask your ikan guy.

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Thai Style Sweet & Sour Fish


  • Preparation
    15 minutes
  • Total
    1 medium sized fish
    1 tbsp. corn flour
    Salt to season
    Oil for frying

    4 red chillies, chopped
    5 garlic, chopped
    2 tbsp. oil
    1 tbsp. chopped coriander stalks
    1/4 cup asam jawa mixed with 1 cup hot water, strain out seeds
    2 tbsp. fish sauce
    100g gula melaka
    1/4 yellow capsicum, diced
    Cornflour water

    Coriander leaves for garnish

1. Get your fishmonger to siang the fish for you. Save yourself some time.

2. Pat dry your fish with paper towel, because water will make hot oil splatter everywhere. Score fish on both sides and season with salt and cornflour.

3. Deep fry in hot oil until crispy. Once done, set it aside and make the sauce.

4. Saute chopped chillies and garlic until fragrant. Add in coriander stalks, asam jawa juice, fish sauce gula melaka and capsicum. Cook until capsicum is slightly soft.

5. Pour in corn flour water to thicken the sauce. Pour sauce all over fried fish and garnish with coriander leaves.

Gotta have that enticing meleleh shot

We ate this with hot rice and telur dadar. Sedap yo!


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