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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Temerloh : Gulai Tempoyak Ikan Patin

I went to Temerloh few weeks ago  for my GF’s wedding, and at the same time, to sniff out some good eats. Said Temerloh, what else we can think..? Gulai Tempoyak Ikan Patin lah. As Pahang born and raised in Pahang, I am so familiar with this and this is my top favourite food other than Laksa Pahang, Opor Pahang and Murtabak Mengkasar. Hoi sedap. I’m already salivating thinking about it.
After I’m done with my GF’s wedding, I head over to Pekan Temerloh to have superb Gulai Tempoyak Ikan Patin. As I arrived at food court, wow the crowd is massive and diverse - families, couples, people in uniforms (policeman, nurse etc) and big bikers. The seat was full and I decided to take away the gulai since i’m still full from the wedding. 

I got an opportunity to ask the aunty who cooks the Gulai Tempoyak. The fish is actually not wild from the river, they are actually reared in the river itself. They are in cages and still able to swim around with fresh, flowing river water running through ensuring the fishes have a clean, wholesome taste.  They cook the gulai on the premises and served instantly. So that the gulai lover get freshly cooked gulai tempoyak right on the table.
A whole fish divided into two parts only – head and tail. Each part cost RM10, worth it. So I got my gulai tempoyak for my dinner. The gravy is tasty like no other, hearty, thick enough and fantastic. The color is great and just right. I don’t need any other adornment, just gulai tempoyak itself. The fish is so fresh, no fishy taste and it is so soft. Perfect and thumbs up aunty.


My brother and I managed to finish one part each (both head part), it sounds a lot but yes we did. This is addictive as the next morning my brother said he keeps thinking of the gulai tempoyak that we had last night. FYI, I don’t take both durian and tempoyak. I cant stand the smell but gulai tempoyak, I cant even resist it! Especially during Ramadhan, gulai tempoyak is a must have for my family. So for the Gulai Tempoyak Ikan Patin lovers out there, I enclosed a recipe that I heritage from my late mom.


You´ll need:

Ikan Patin, cut into 1.5 inch thick
Bird eye chili, blended – Quantity depends on your liking
A handful of red chili, blended
About 2cm of fresh turmeric, blended
2 stalks lemon grass, pounded
1 leave of turmeric
1 cup tempoyak (durian paste)
Old cucumber, peeled, cut into cubes
Water
Salt and sugar to add taste

The cooking method is super easy like abc :)
Wash the cut fish with tamarind juice for 2 minutes to get rid the fishy smell.
Add water into pot and bring the water boil.
Add tempoyak, bird eye chili, red chili, fresh turmeric, lemon grass and turmeric leave. Mix the ingredients and simmer for about 5 minutes.
Once the gravy is boiling, add the patin and cook under low heat. Season with salt and sugar.
Switch off the heat and add cucumber.
Have a great weekend, everyone! 


11 comments:

  1. nape aku x tau selama ni yg kite sama..hehe..aku pon x mkn durian/tempoyak tp gulai tempoyak ikan patin mmg feveret! terliur aku tgk all those pics..suka la blog ko, ada recipe n DIY!

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  2. Mr/Ms Anonymous, tanx.
    Farah, hee Farah aku ari2 ngadap makanan Pahang pun takpe ngehs gemuk aku. :)

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  3. tetiba teringin laksa pahang la wei..dulu slalu beli kat pasar malam cenderawasih..hehe..kat KL ni mane nak cari?

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  4. Kat KL byk rasa dia tak consistent. Arini sedap besok dah lain. Pastu dieorg letak daun kesum, tak kePahangan dah. Mcm asam pedas lak. Cuba cari kat Pasar Keramat, tak pun kat parking belakang Giant Taman Connaught.

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  5. Abe : Best be..nak tdo mlm sampai terbayang2

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  6. Lezat sekali gulai ikan patin, menggugah selera :)

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  7. ternyata di malaysia ada juga tempoyak..
    saya orang jambi indonesia,,,disini tempoyak sangat digemari...

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  8. Baru terkena d kedai ikan patin lurah semantan temerloh,,kedai singgah sokmo (hujung). Marah kalau bungkus,,charge tambah lagi seringgit,,mulut pekedai tu bacul,,kata bugkus tambah seringit, tak ada duit tak usah bungkus,,baru tahu kedai dia ramai org,,sbb pakai pelaris,,monyet putih,,sbb tu pelanggan kena makan di kedai,,supaya monyet tu boleh kencing dlm makanan.kalau bungkus tak jadi,,so hati-hati,,,kedai tepi sungai yg hujung,,depan pondok talipon,,pernak keluar tv3 jln-jln cari makan.. kalau tak percaya,,sesiapa yg kuat beramal,, bila nak masuk kedai baca al-fatihah 3x,,selawat,,tiup,,pasti akan rasa panas semacam,,kalau tahu ayat nabi sulaiman (penghalau jin),,lagi elok,,

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  9. kambing golek boer sempena ramadhan almubarak RM500 0123958821

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