When you’re far away from home yet you are yearning for a taste of Malaysia, what do you do?
Instead of forking out wads of Chinese yuan to eat at a Malaysian restaurant abroad, we resort to packs of “instant sauce”.
A1 is one of the brands, which claim “no MSG” or something healthy along those lines.
Portuguese-style Steamed Fish Sauce
For the life of me, I have never eaten any spicy dish of such a name but the accompanying finished product photo looks like ikan masak asam pedas. That sealed the deal.
Anyway, I prepared the white fish and aubergines per the instructions and eagerly opened the pack for the magic “instant sauce”.
If you are alarmed at the sight of this sauce, please note that assam pedas is made up of assam (tamarind paste, which is originally brown) and would have colored the pounded herbs and vegetables.
Here’s the pack of assam fish sauce (tamarind sauce) poured over the fish and sliced aubergine:
As you can see – the resulting “steamed Portuguese-style fish” did not look like the orange sauce in the photo of the instant sauce.
Taste-wise, the A1 instant sauce was quite delicious. I believe that I should boil or stir-fry the aubergine, and then add the paste to the lot in a casserole to steam in a wok.
Anyway, this little Portuguese steamed fish experiment has got me interested in their food culture as the west coast of Europe is a fish-loving nation 🙂
Nando’s Chicken in peri-peri sauce
As I am familiar with is Nando’s Chicken with peri-peri sauce, I shall be looking out for Portuguese recipe books.
Authentic Portuguese Cooking: More Than 185 Classic Mediterranean-Style Recipes of the Azores, Madeira and Continental Portugal looks like an interesting recipe book 🙂