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Fish curry capellini

epicure 31 July 2015
Type of Meal
Vegetarian-friendly No

This creation was a hot favourite at Ujong when Shen Tan was executive chef. She shares the full recipe for the first time with all the fixings for regular fish curry - just deconstructed and reinvented as a mod-Sin pasta dish.

Serves 8 Prep time 45 minutes
Cook time 55 minutes

fish curry rempah
10 cloves garlic, peeled
10 shallots, peeled
1 piece ginger (about 3cm length), peeled and thinly sliced
8 tbsp fish curry powder

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth, adding a tablespoon of water at a time to thin out the consistency if necessary.

6 tbsp vegetable oil
1 stalk curry leaves
1½ tbsp tamarind pulp (seeds removed), mixed into 250ml water
3 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp tomato paste
500ml fresh coconut milk
3 large tomatoes, quartered

  • In a wok, heat 6 tbsp vegetable oil over high heat. Add the stalk of curry leaves to hot oil. Fry rempah until the oil separates or splits from the paste.
  • Add tamarind water, fish sauce, sugar, sea salt and tomato paste and continue frying over low heat for 10 minutes.
  • Add coconut milk and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. The gravy should be of a thick consistency.

pasta toppings
5 tbsp plain flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp white pepper
1 brinjal
100g ladies' fingers
vegetable oil, for deep-frying
8 firm white-fleshed fish fillets (snapper, barramundi etc)
800g capellini

  • Make a seasoned flour mix by combining plain flour, salt and pepper and mixing well.
  • Using a mandoline, thinly slice brinjal and ladies' fingers into thin chips. Dust generously with seasoned flour and deep-fry until golden brown and crunchy.
  • Dust fish fillets generously with seasoned flour and shalllow-fry in a pan, skin side down, for about 7 minutes on each side.
  • To assemble, boil capellini according to package instructions. Toss through with fish curry gravy and top with brinjal chips, ladies' fingers and crisp fish fillets. Serve immediately.

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