• Prep Time 30 minutes
  • Cook Time 20 minutes
  • Serving For 4 people
  • Difficulty Normal

Recipe Ingredient

  • (A)
  • 5 shallots
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 8 bird's eye chillies
  • ½ portion of a wild ginger bud (bunga kantan)
  • 2 cm knob galangal, sliced thinly
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 stalks lemon grass
  • 2 red chillies, seeded
  • 1 tbsp dried prawns, rinsed
  • (B)
  • ½ cup prawn shells
  • 100g fish bones
  • 100ml water
  • Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce or to taste
  • ½ tsp sugar or to taste


  1. Put ingredients (A) into a food pro­cessor, blend to a fine paste.
  2. Cook ingredients (B) in a nonstick saucepan for 15-20 minutes or until the flavour of the prawn and fish is extracted. Remove a little of the fish meat (if any) and add to the blended paste. Process again for 1 minute.
  3. Heat 3-4 tablespoons oil in a nonstick pan, transfer the processed paste to the pan. Fry until fragrant. Add the thick broth from the cooked prawn shells and fish bones. Simmer until sauce is quite dry. Adjust with seasoning to taste. Dish out and put aside to cool in a clean jar for use later.

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