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Monday, January 12, 2015

EZ Sambal Tumis Paste and Steamed Fish

Cooking this sambal tumis paste is very easy when you can get the fresh chilli paste mix from the wet market.  You need not have to grind your own paste. All is readily available at affordable prices.
The cooked sambal tumis paste is so versatile that you can use it to cook many dishes in a jiffy.
In Penang, they are available at most of the wet markets. It is so convenient, cheap yet tasty.
I could use the cooked paste as steaming sauce for steamed fish, as curry paste for sambal tumis fish curry and also a spicy sauce to serve with steamed brinjals or other blanched vegetables like lady's fingers etc or eggs. Isn’t it easy? 
Quick, tasty, appetizing and presentable dishes for dinner which is hassle-free.
Stay tune for the coming posts featuring how this paste is put to use in my kitchen, hehehe!
Steamed Brinjal With Sambal Tumis Paste
1 packet fresh sambal tumis paste [I bought RM 1.50]
1-2 tsp belacan granules
½ tbsp assam jawa mixed with 50-100 ml water
salt and sugar to taste
2 -3 tbsp oil

  1. Heat oil in wok, add in the paste and belacan granules. Saute until oil separates.
  2. Add in salt and sugar and tamarind water.
  3. Cook over lower heat until paste is thick and taste to adjust season.
  4. Dish up and cool before storing or use immediately to cook some of the dishes mentioned above.
Steamed Fish with Sambal Tumis Paste
1 white fish [promfret] – cleaned and keep whole
2-3 tbsp cooked sambal tumis paste
Some mint leaves – for garnishing
  1. Place fish on steaming plate. Steam for 10-12 minutes [depending on the size].
  2. Remove from steamer and pour away the water.
  3. Scoop sambal tumis paste over steamed fish. Garnish with mint leaves.
  4. Serve immediately.


Victoria Bakes said...

i can only always admire your dishes... there's so many ingredients i can't get here.. how i wished i am your neighbor

Madeline said...

Hi Kimmy, yr sambal tumis looks sedap :). Do u know what goes into the sambal tumis? I can't get this fresh fr my market. Thinking of making it myself. Any tips? Thank you.

Kimmy said...

Hi Victoria, yes we are very lucky in Malaysia especially Penang cos' we can buy freshly grind paste for any curries, even the Nyonya braised meat paste is available. So there is no reason why we can't cook at home, hehehe!

Kimmy said...

Hi Madeline, the basic ingredients are shallots, dried chillies, lemongrass, belacan, tumeric. Do look up the post on Nyonya Gulai Tumis which is good []. Yes, you should cos' it is very useful having this in the fridge ready for use.

Ann Low said...

Hi Kimmy, The sambal paste looks so good with anything besides steamed fish. Can you pass me some? :D

Kimmy said...

Hi Ann, I'm more than willing to share some or all with you cos' it's really is good and save lots of cooking time.

Phong Hong said...

Kimmy, I agree! Sambal tumis paste will make anything tasty hee..hee...

Kimmy said...

Hi Phong Hong, my friend told me, she used this sauce to fry beehoon, vegetables, rice and many more. I just cook another portion today.

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