Fish with Tomatoes and Tamarind (Pla Gaeng Phed) Recipe

Fish with Tomatoes and Tamarind (Pla Gaeng Phed) Recipes

Ingredients :

2 tbsp vegetable oil

2 medium onions, chopped

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

2 tbsp sambal ulek

1 tbsp shrimp paste

1 tbsp raw sugar

2 tbsp tamarind water

1 mackerel, cleaned and scaled, cut into steaks, or

about 500g other small fish, cleaned and scaled, but left whole

salt, to taste

Method :

Heat the oil in a medium pan. Add the onions and sauté until soft. Add the tomatoes and cook over a medium heat until the sauce becomes soft and pulpy. Now add the sambal ulek, shrimp paste, sugar and tamarind water. Simmer for 3-5 minutes. Add the fish and continue to cook over a medium heat for 5-8 minutes, until done. Check the seasoning and adjust with salt if necessary. Serve hot with boiled rice.

This is a dish from the Chiang Rai region of Thailand. Because of Thailand's proximity to Burma, its cuisine is more Burmese than Thai. The blending of tomatoes and tamarind is typical of the curries of south Indian, and also forms an integral part of Burmese cuisine.

Serves 4 - 6

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