FooDcrazEE - eats - Pempek

Hello all ! Just came back from day off and didnt manage to tell all of you ....guess I forgotten - apologized for it.

My Brother in law came back from Palembang and brought back some goodies from there.

A kind of fish cake similar to our keropok lekor or keropok lekur but the difference is in the fish they used. It is rare to have this fresh water fish called Ikan Belida in Malay for food in Malaysia. Guess its over fishing again........whats new, eh ? chuckle !

More info here. The fish in this family have elongated bodies that are laterally very compressed. On account of this unusual shape they are often popularly known as knife fish. Their scientific name alludes to the relatively small dorsal fin that looks very much like a small pennant or flag above the body. The ventral fins, if present at all, are only rudimentary. The pectoral fins however are very well developed and so is the anal fin that runs along a large part of the lower edge of the body like a long narrow ribbon and merges with the small caudal fin. They are also known as Feather Fin Fish.















I dont really know what they are called in Indonesia but from the plastic bag, my guess will be Pempek. According to some Indonesian website, they Belida Fish must be at least 3 kg in size for a good quality Pempek and then mixed in with Tapioca flour or what the locals called ,Sago or Sagu.. Click here for more details. Isnt the 2 item a different thingy ? I meant the tapioca flour and sago. I know they are different as one is made from Cassava and the other a kind of palm sort of.After mixing, shape the seasoned dough into elongated cylinder shape and steamed till cook. The same as our keropok lekur but our's uses variety of fish normally from sea but Indonesian namely Palembang area, uses only Fresh Water Fish.
















We had 2 different vareity of this wonderful Pempek - the usual cylinder shape and this ( pic above ) is like a bag and filled with extra large duck egg. Cant tell for sure its Duck Egg but thru the texture, colour of egg yolk and taste, it does point towards DUCK egg. Oops! Shouldnt have taken the picture on this glass top table. Now you can see the tiling in the living hall and the newspaper is used so, I dont drip the sauce all over. Sorry no pic of sauce. All I can see of the sauce in the packet is tonnes of sugar. They even crystalized on the plastic bag itself. Mixed in water and dip in. Wooweeeeee..................its damn spicy. I down 3 cans of icy cold 100 plus within 10 minutes even before we can finish the pempek. Kalah cili padi, oi! ( literary in Malay meaning - even the cili padi ( hotness) loses out )
















































The cylinder shape Pempek - top picture with flash, bottom without.

Is all the picture better in quality now or what ? I took picture with my old hardy CANON IXY 3.2 and a 1 megapixel camera phone from my 3230 Nokia mobile. Dont think you guys will know which is which , eh ?

Will post about what I have cooked at home later.

Till Then

Cheers !

14 comments:

Gina said...

WAH LAU YEH!! Keropok with duck egg inside!! Man!! I will kill for this!

rokh said...

this one looks so interesting! send some over!!

fooDcrazEE said...

kill me then...i still got some...chuckle

rachel - sorry ..only for personal consumption. have 1 left..

KampungboyCitygal said...

Whoa..Good stuff..Looks even better than my kuala tganu keropok lekor..

Primrose said...

Can eat straightaway or must deep fry first? I loooovveee duck egg yolks. So you can figure I love mooncakes!

totenkuchen said...

Duck eggs are great, but they are tough to come by here. I might try the dish with fish we have available here...

fooDcrazEE said...

kgboycitygal - its better in term of texture and flavour not in freshness..have to bring in frozen.

fran - just reheat via steaming. U can fry them as well but the flavour is just not there.

totun - it aint easy to make. Not sure of the recipe. WIll try to look for you, if u want them.

NKW said...

hmm... very unique... i only had those without the dug egg
:)

MM said...

I never even heard of keropol Lrpor, what more this! But it all looks really fascinating and yummy! Do you think they will have this in Singapore and where I can get it? So intrigued now.

Eternity said...

mmm...yummy. something new! it's hard to find good lekor. just today some of us friends were discussing it!

Tazz said...

This is something new to me. Interesting!!

fooDcrazEE said...

mm - try finding them in Malay restaurant or stalls.

eternity - go Chow Kit or malay stalls - sure to have.

tazz - same comment as to MM...

Scott McLean said...

Do you have trout there? It's an American West favorite. Also do you know the Philippine fish Bangus or milk fish. I love it.

Chen said...

keropok with duck egg? This is something new to me and looks yummy :)