Most of the curries that I make are store bought ready made paste and not made from scratch. I bought this "Tean's Gourmet Assam Fish" paste from a Malaysian grocery store a while back. I decided to give it a try for dinner tonight to see if it's any good. I personally like the taste of assam curry fish better than lemak curry fish. I guess it's the sourish sweetish taste, I don't know :P
From the directions on the back of the package, it looks easy enough. It even says that it will be done in 15 minutes! All you would need is some fish ( I used catfish fillets), one onion and some okra. You can also add in one tomato if you like.
Once it's almost done, add in the assam fish paste. Mix it up with the garlic and onions. Continue to cook it for a bit. By now, you should be able to smell the nice familiar assam fish curry smell...yummy! At this point, I added in some sugar. I like it when it has little hint of sweetness and it also 'neutralizes' the spiciness of the curry. Both Kevin and I are not really fans of super spicy stuff :P
Pour in about 400ml of water.
Allow the mixture to cook until it boils. Add in the catfish fillets. I love to use catfish fillets in curries because of it's nice and smooth texture. It taste somewhat like stingray when you cook it with curry.
Next goes in the okra. If you are planning to add in tomatoes, this is the time to pop them in.
Mix everything together and allow it to simmer on high until everything is cooked through.
I served it piping hot over steamed white rice and a few pieces of egg omelet. I love it when my rice is all 'flooded' with curry. That should be the way to eat a good curry :P I was really surprised that it tasted like those authentic assam curry fish that you can get in Malaysia. It doesn't taste like it came from a packet at all. I will definitely get more of this paste from Tean's Gourmet. It's really good.