Fish Amok and Papaya Salad

Fish Amok

 

  • Ingredients

- Amok leaf (or Chinese broccoli leaf) ................. 2 pcs stem removed, rolled and cut thinly 
- Oyster Mushroom ................. 100g pick apart into thin strips
- ¼ Onion .................  sliced
- Amok paste ................. 2 tablespoons
- Fish ................. 200g finely sliced
- Coconut milk ................. 4 tablespoons
- Sugar ................. 1 teaspoons
- Salt ................. a pinch
- Fish sauce ................. 1 teaspoons

Amok Paste:
- Lemon grass ................. 1 cut thin
- Turmeric ................. 1 thumb, remove skin and cut thin (you might want plastic gloves for skinning and cutting turmeric, otherwise, you can use turmeric powder)
Finger root (or ginger) .................  2 thumbs, remove skin and cut thin
- Shallot ................. 1 pcs cut thin
- Garlic ................. 2 pcs cut thin
- Chilli  ................. as desired, cut thin

Grind ingredients in mortar and pestle until they form a paste

  • To Cook:

Heat the coconut milk in a pan and put in amok paste, sugar and fish sauce and fry until brown

Add fish and mushroom, onion, amok (or broccoli) leaf, 1 ladle of coconut milk, ½ spoon of chicken stock powder, 1 spoon of fish sauce - it will not take long to cook and you don't want to overcook your fish!

Taste for spicy (chilli), salty (stock or fish sauce), sweet (sugar) and sour (lime) and add accordingly

Serve hot with steamed white rice

 

Papaya Salad

 

  • Ingredients

- Green papaya ................. ¼ peeled and grated
- Small carrot................. ½ peeled and grated
- Tomato................. 1pcs cut into wedges
- Hot (Birdseye) Chilli................. 1pcs or as desired
- Sweet Basil ................. 25g
- Shrimp paste ................. 1 teaspoon
- Chili sauce ................. 1 tablespoon
- Snake beans ................. small handful, clean and chop ends 
- Sugar ................. ½ teaspoon 
- Lemon Juice ................. 1pcs 
- Roasted peanut ................. 2 tablespoons
- Tomato ketchup (Heinz not Watties) ................. 1 spoon 

  • To Cook:

Combine the sugar, chilli, tomato sauce, chilli sauce, lemon juice, shrimp paste in the mortar

Add grated papaya, carrot, tomato, bean, roast peanut, basil, and combine gently. 

Serve fresh and enjoy soon after making

 

Photos by Ben Journee
 

Our day began with a short visit to the market:

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And then we cooked!

Ingredients for papaya salad

Ingredients for papaya salad

Grated papaya and carrot

Grated papaya and carrot

Amok leaf, oyster mushroom and onion for Fish Amok

Amok leaf, oyster mushroom and onion for Fish Amok

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Mikayla and our teacher, Savon 

Mikayla and our teacher, Savon 

Amok paste ingredients ready for the mortar: chilli, turmeric, finger root, garlic, lemongrass and shallot

Amok paste ingredients ready for the mortar: chilli, turmeric, finger root, garlic, lemongrass and shallot

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Combining papaya salad ingredients

Combining papaya salad ingredients

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Fish Amok cooking (this all happens very fast!)

Fish Amok cooking (this all happens very fast!)

Voila! Papaya Salad

Voila! Papaya Salad

And the stunning Fish Amok. Bon Appetit!

And the stunning Fish Amok. Bon Appetit!

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