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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Belimbing Lemak Udang and Nyonya Tumeric Fried Fish

Belimbing Lemak Udang is a prawn dish cook in coconut milk.  Belimbing is a type of tropical fruit, scientifically called Averrhoa Bilimbi.  You can find out more about the fruit and how it looks like from this Wikipedia link.

This is a Nyonya dish which we enjoy with hot steaming rice. All the ingredients are julienned and only take minutes to prepare.  Belimbing is very sour which goes well with the coconut milk.  I remember when I was little, my mom used to cook this for us and I will be only eating this with rice.  Until today, this is one of my favourite dish and now it became my hubby's and kids as well.

I grow belimbing in my garden.  For me, nothing is more satisfying than getting all the fresh ingredients from your own garden.  It bears lots of fruits but they don't last long.  Belimbing is a great substitute for dishes that uses tamarind juice and they make great pickles as well.  Other than the belimbing, the lemon grass and kaffir leaves are from my humble little garden too.  Lol..

Here's the recipe:
2 stalks lemon grass
5 shallots
4 garlic pips
3 kaffir leaves
2 red chillies
1 bowl of belimbing
300gm prawns (shelled)
200ml thick coconut milk
Salt to taste

1. Julienne the lemon grass, shallots, garlic, kaffir leaves, red chillies and belimbing.
2. Heat wok with a little oil.  Fry the ingredients in the order above.
3. Add in the coconut milk and add salt to taste. Let boil and it's done.

Nyonya Turmeric Fried Fish is very simple, fast and delicious.  I harvested about 3kg of turmeric from my garden yesterday and used some to marinate the fish.  All you need is, marinade with pounded fresh turmeric mix with ground Chili powder and salt.  Rub the paste in and all over the fish.  Marinade for an hour or more and deep fry until  crispy.

Here, I used garoupa fish. Other fishes that's suitable for this dish are red snapper, baramundhi, black pomfret and thread fins amongst other marine fishes.

Try this. You'll love it.


  1. Hi Jenn!
    I'm amazed to think that you lmost everything for your favorite childish dish from your very own garden! How cool is that, lol...I don't think I ever heard of belimbing before. The next time I go to the store I will look for it. I looked it up on wiki and it sounds most interesting. The fact that it is sour scares me a little. Is it sour like lemons? I LOVE lemons, lol...

    You grow turmeric??? I would LOVE to grow turmeric and kaffir too. Maybe one day you could share your garden pictures. I would love to see them!

    I'd love to taste this dish too. The creamy taste of the coconut with all of the other ingredients must be memorable. Well they are because now you have your family loving it too:)

    Thank you sooooo much for sharing this dish with us, Jenn. Maybe just a little tiny taste will fit through the screen:)

  2. Interesting and I bet it's delicious! Love this!

  3. It looks really good. Wonder if it tastes just as perfect.


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