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Telor and Ikan Bumbu Bali (Indonesian Fried Fish and Egg in Bali Sauce)

Something must have gotten into me….I’m updating my long lost blog. For the last couple of months I’ve befriended some Indonesian (living in Europe) blogger/photographer/busybee mothers from instagram. They are all so talented and creative in their own way; baker, food photographer, lifestyle photographer, designer, master crafter, writer etc. I feel like we are on the same page although that doesn’t mean I’m saying I’m as creative as them. And  most of them own a running and kicking blog, unlike this one. There’s a saying, hangout with people you want to be so their energy will draw you into doing what they’re doing. I guess I have to say I agree with this one. So there my friends thank you for the motivation.

Now talking about this dish. I made this last wednesday to cater dinner for 20 people. Cooking for many people I’ve done time to time for my own house parties but this! To cater paying customer, that’s another story. For the life of me I couldn’t find one more menu that would fill in the gap nicely. I of course consulted my dear teacher Mbak Rachmah, and yes she always come up with good ideas. She even gave me the recipe. Oh dear I felt like a total amateur until this point. But long story short the catering went well, all plates were clean! I’m happy again.

For the catering I only cooked the egg version but since I have 2 red snapper lying around in the freezer calling me to cook them, I fried them for myself and for my lovely neighbours. Also since the catering was for the Dutch, I didn’t add bird’s eye chili but feel free to do so if you like it hot.

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For approximately 10 eggs or 3 fish.

Ingredients:

– 10 eggs fried or boiled or

– 3 fish fried (use any of your fave fish, I used red snapper)

– 150gr red chili deseeded, fry for short period

– 1 large tomato

– 6 shallots

– 3 garlic

– thumb size ginger-

– 1 lemongrass bruised

– salt

– sugar

– some oil for frying

 

Method:

– pound the spices except lemongrass until smooth. Fry the spice mixture in some hot oil until fragrant and cooked. Add some water and stir in low fire until boiling, add sugar and salt. Correct the taste as you wish.

– For presentation purpose I didn’t mix the eggs together with the sauce inside the pan, but feel free to do so if  you wish.

Trivia: don’t be fooled by the name, this dish comes from Java and doesn’t even exist in Bali.

Recipe source: Kedai Rachmah

 

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