Cookbook:Pepes Ikan

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Pepes Ikan
Category Fish recipes
Servings 4-6
Time 60 minutes

Pepes is cooking method of steaming the ingredients (fish, chicken, tofu, or mushroom) wrapped in banana leaves until it becomes tender, then grilling the packets. In this recipe any fresh water fish or salt water fish can be used as substitute. In restaurants serving West Java cuisine, where Ikan Pepes is always on the menu, the use of carp fish is very common.

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

Spice paste[edit | edit source]

Assembly[edit | edit source]

Procedure[edit | edit source]

  1. Grind together all the ingredients for the spice paste.
  2. Scale and clean the fish.
  3. Take out the intestines but not the eggs.
  4. Make three diagonal slashes on each side of the fish for spice paste flavor to immerse.
  5. Marinade the fish with salt and tamarind for 15 minutes then wash the fish with a bowl of water to remove excess salt.
  6. Add cooking oil to the spice-paste, mix.
  7. Coat fish with spice paste.
  8. Put kemangi leaves, salam leaves and sliced lemon grass for the flavor.
  9. Wrap the fish in banana leaves or aluminum foil.
  10. Steam with medium fire, 30 minutes. Use pressure cooker for faster cooking time and better taste.
  11. Let it cool and grill the wrapped fish over charcoal fire.

Notes, tips, and variations[edit | edit source]

  • The use of Kemangi leaves is optional.