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Kakap Asam Pedas (Sour and Spicy Red Snapper)

Learn Indonesian ^^

Kakap merah = red snapper

Asam = sour

Pedas = spicy / hot

Everytime I’m planning to go to Indonesia to visit my family, my mum always ask what I want to eat and things like that. And I always give her the same answers. I like this sour and spicy salted fish. I can eat a lot with that. I don’t really understand why. I just love my mum’s food. And I think that food is 1 of her made-up-recipe but I love it.

Few days ago, I was craving for this food, but I don’t have any salted fish in stock. So I used what I had in my kitchen. Red snapper. Β Surprisingly it tasted quite good, I must say it tasted almost exactly like the one my mum always made for me. Felt like home. Yeah, I still call my parents’ place home. I have two homes, isn’t that nice? πŸ˜€

Even though I have my own family now (best husband and daughter) but I still have those moments when I want to be in my mum’s arms. Fed by her, chat with her, shopping and eating out together. You know things like that. Ah.. everytime I talk about my parents and sisters, my tears always trying to escape from my eyes (betrayer :p). I guess that’s why I always try to make the taste of my foods as similar as possible to my mum’s. Felt like home πŸ™‚


1 kg red snapper (washed and marinate in lemon and salt to get rid of fishy smell)

3 cloves f garlic, sliced

2 banana shallots, sliced

3 bird-eye chillies, sliced (or more if you like spicy)

3 tbsp tamarind paste

1 tomato

Salt, sugar and pepper


How to:

– Saute or deep fried the fish.

– Heat 2 tbsp oil in a big pan, add garlic, cook for 20 seconds. Then add sliced shallots and chillies. Saute all together unti fragrance.

– Add tamarind paste and a little bit of water (around 200 ml). Bring it to boil.

– Add the fish and tomato wedges in. Sprinkle some salt, sugar and pepper to your taste.

– Serve warm with warm jasmine rice.



  1. Hi Ridha,
    I am Caroline, a postgraduate student who are currently living in Australia. As I was feeling bit blah today, I come across your blog and been enjoying reading your delicious recipes. All of this yummy food (your food are amazing!) make me feel great in the midst of writing a seemingly never ending essay.
    Thank you, I will try your recipes (decided to start on the pisang molen recipe) and keep on writing!


    • Thank you for your comment, Caroline. Even though I’m not an active blogger now but I’ll try to keep writing πŸ™‚
      And good luck with your essay ^^

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