Food cooked in banana leaf or turmeric leaf gives you the best natural flavour especially fish.This method of cooking seals in the flavour and juice. It is healthy and no mess.
Rub fish with lemon juice and salt, set aside for 10 mins
In a small bowl, using your fingers, mix tamarind paste with warm water, strain, discard seeds, set aside
Using a mortar & pestle or blender, grind shallots, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, dried chilies, belacan and chili paste
Heat wok on high, add oil, stir-fry ground paste till quite toasted, 3-5 mins
Add tamarind, sugar, salt to taste, reduce heat to med, simmer till sauce is thickened - similar to the consistency of thick cream
Remove from heat, allow sauce to cool
Add egg and mix well
Soften banana leaf or turmeric leaf in hot water, dry well with a tea towel, lightly coat with vegetable oil
Spoon and spread half the sauce on the banana leaf or turmeric leaf, lay the fish on top, spoon the rest of the sauce on the fish
Fold the banana leaf or turmeric leaf into a packet, secure with toothpicks
Grill on a hot charcoal bbq grill or indoor grill or stovetop grill pan, 10-15 mins, depending on the thickness of the fish, turn over once
Garnish with sliced onions, coriander leaves and lime wedges
Serve hot with steamed rice or a fresh salad
The sauce for the fish has to be thick and not watery or else you will be steaming the fish instead of BBQing.
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