Thursday, February 22, 2007

Sambal Sardine

There is an Indian restaurant (I will blog about it someday) near my place which serves roti canai with Sambal Sardine...and trust me, the sambal is really delicious. After consulting my Indian colleague on how to cook it, it sounded easy enough for me to try cooking it myself.

Personally, I prefer Ayam Brand Sardine in Tomato Sauce which is slightly more expensive butthe quality is very much better. The steps for making sambal sardine are as follows:

Drain the sauce, deboned and mash the sardine
Pound 3 pieces of garlic
Also prepare 2 tbs of chilli boh and 1 chopped big onion
Heat up the wok, put in 2 tsp cooking oil and stir fry the garlic and chilli boh till fragrant.
Add in the mashed sardines and chopped onions and a bit of salt and sugar. Mix well and dish up.
Tada.....a bowl of sambal sardine, best served with steaming white rice.

Errr...although it looked quite presentable in terms of colour, somehow it doesn't taste the same as the Indian shop. Wonder if they will share with me their recipe...hmm...will ask when i go there again.


11 comments:

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

I suppose the indian shop uses curry powder to enhance the taste of the sambal? If you don't want to go through the trouble of blending the various spices for your own curry powder, baba's brand fish curry powder does a pretty good job. :-)

jason said...

Hey, that sounds delicious. Yeah, probably curry powder will give it an exotic Indian flavour.

wmw said...

Hello there! Wah, so terror ah...one hand cook, the other hand take photo! Hee hee...

Precious Pea said...

Lyrical lemongrass: I brought my Indian colleague to this place this morning to taste the sambal, she said no curry powder taste..but lots of grinded chilli and the tomato sauce which i threw all away. Perhaps that's the secret. Will try cooking it again soon.

Jason: Hey...where have you been?

wmw: Harlow Harlow!! Terror hor? My neighbour behind was staring at me, wondering what i was doing...hahaha! By the way, you should try the roti canai with sambal sardine at Sri Saravanan, next to new Paris Restaurant. But go early morning before the sardine runs out cos they don't replenish even when i showed them my sulking face!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

hehe, my mistake then. sowwy. hope you find the secret ingredient soon!

Precious Pea said...

Lyrical lemongrass: But who knows? Maybe adding curry powder might make the dish more tasty? I shall add 1 tsp of curry powder to test it out. Hahaha!

boo_licious said...

Yum. Sambal sardine sounds good and easy to make. Is this Bestari which serves it?

Precious Pea said...

Boo: No, it's Sri Saravanan, next to New Paris Restaurant. Their roti and thosai tastes so much better than bestari. Ooo...and their fish curry very spicy too!

jason said...

Your Highness, I'm here la. :P

Shankari Menon said...

hi.
to enhance the taste of the sambal.
you would have to soak dried chillies and grind it.

You may choose to add in tomatoes, green chillies and a tint of chicken stock to bring out the flavour while frying the chilli paste.

Please remember that you would have to ensure that the oil comes off the chilli paste. That marks the readiness to put in the sardine and it's tomatoe sauce. :)

Have fun!

Shankari Menon said...

hi.
to enhance the taste of the sambal.
you would have to soak dried chillies and grind it.

You may choose to add in tomatoes, green chillies and a tint of chicken stock to bring out the flavour while frying the chilli paste.

Please remember that you would have to ensure that the oil comes off the chilli paste. That marks the readiness to put in the sardine and it's tomatoe sauce. :)

Have fun!

 

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