Ikan Masak Asam Kicap/ Fish in Sweet Tamarind Sauce

November 30, 2009
When we were young.....mom often cooked this nice and simple dish, ... Since there were so many of us, she would use ikan kembung (equivalent to Aussie Trevally), and deep fry the fish for the day's meal to eat with sambal belacan ....and any leftover, she'd cook this simple yet nice Masak Asam Kicap for the our next meal...
We never appreciate simple meal like this when we were kids... hmm...sigh...

  • whole fish - marinade with tumeric and salt
  • 2 tablespoon of asam jawa paste (tamarind)
  • 1 brown onion - thinly sliced
  • 1 inch ginger - julliene
  • kicap manis/ sweet soy sauce
  • Oil for deep frying the fish
Clean the fish and pat dry with kitchen towel. Season the fish with tumeric and salt. Set aside. Heat some oil in a wok...sufficient to deep fry the fish until golden in colour. Drain the oil and leave about 2 tablespoon in the wok. Saute the ginger until slightly golden brown, then add sliced onion. Saute until the onion is soft. Add the tamarind juice (add water) and lastly kicap manis. Season with salt. The final taste should be a little tangy with the asam or sour taste and sweet.....Enjoy....


  1. Hi,

    Ur ikan masak ayam kicap looks really sedaplah! Can u please advise the name of the fish u used in the pic? Where can i buy in Perth? Is the fish the fresh or frozen type?


  2. Su,
    Thanks Su... :)
    I used Bream and I usually beli my fresh seafood produce kat Kailis Brothers in Leederville (next to Leederville train station.

    Selamat Hari raya..

  3. Thks heaps for the info, Lisa! Will definitely check out this place bila I ada free time.

    I love reading ur blog. Recently found ur blog when googling for a recipe. Thks for sharing ur lovely recipes!:)

    Btw, im Malaysian Chinese ( from down South - anak Melaka ) - so i dun celebrate Raya! :) But i wish u and ur family in advance "Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri!"


  4. Su,
    oopsie daisy... sorry, my apologies...

    Most happy to share my recipe collections... and thank you for your feedback... :)