Spanish Mackerel in a Tamarind Broth

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Appears in
A Taste of Australia: The Bathers Pavilion Cookbook

By Victoria Alexander and Genevieve Harris

Published 1995

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This is a traditional Nonya dish. Nonya or Perenakan cuisine is a mixture of Malaysian and Chinese cooking styles and ingredients.


  • 15 cm (6 in) piece fresh galangal
  • 5 cm (2


TO MAKE PASTE, peel and roughly chop the galangal and turmeric. Soak the dried chilli peppers in warm water for 15 minutes. Drain, discard the water and roughly chop the chilli peppers. Roughly chop the candlenuts. Place all of these in a food processor or blender (in batches), along with the roasted shrimp paste. Add the peanut oil and process to a fine paste. Peel the red shallots or o