Recipe by Brendon and Gerard from the Fish Shack
- 700 – 800 g of white-fleshed fish (fillet or cutlet), eg ling, gemfish, bream
- 1/2 to 1 stalk lemongrass, white part only, minced
- 1-2 red birds eye chillies, sliced
- 2 shallots, sliced
- 1 thumb-size piece of galangal or ginger, peeled and finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 4 tbsp fish sauce
- 3/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/3 tsp white pepper
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp lime juice (plus extra limes for serving)
- 1 Tbsp tomato paste
- 400 ml coconut milk
- Vegetable oil for frying
– Heat a small amount of oil in a wide based pot or deep pan on medium heat. Add lemongrass, chillies, shallots, galangal and garlic. Fry until fragrant (approximately 1-2 minutes). Add sugar, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, pepper and tomato paste, mix well and fry for another 1 minute. Add fish sauce and coconut cream and bring to a simmer.
– Add fish to the pot. Coconut liquid should just cover the fish, if necessary add a little water. Simmer until fish is just cooked through (approximately 20 minutes).
– Serve with steamed jasmine rice, Asian greens (for example bok choy or choy sum) and fresh lime wedges.