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Perut Ikan Recipe (Nyonya Preserved Fish Stomach with Herbs and Vegetables Curry)

Nyonya food is the food of Peranakan people of Malaysia and Singapore. It uses mainly Chinese ingredients but blends them with Southeast Asian spices such as coconut milk, lemon grass, turmeric, screwpine leaves, chillies and sambal.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Nyonya
Keyword Perut Ikan
Servings 4 people
Calories 402 kcal


Spice paste

  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • 6 shallots
  • 8 dried red chilies
  • 3 slices galangal
  • 1 inch turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon roasted belacan
  • 3 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 6 pieces fermented fish stomach
  • 10 green beans, cut into 2 inches length
  • 1 egg plant, cut into small wedges
  • 1 small ripe pineapple, cut into 2 inches sticks
  • 1/2 lb small shrimp
  • 5 chilies, slit and cut into 2 inches length
  • 1 ginger flower, sliced finely
  • 10 kaffir lime leaves, sliced finely
  • 30 daun kadok leaves, sliced finely
  • 20 sprigs polygonum leaves, use only the leaves
  • 20 sprigs mint leaves, use only the leaves
  • 1 cup coconut milk

Tamarind Juice

  • Mix tamarind pulp, about the size of a small ping pong ball with warm water, soak for 15 minutes and extract the juice.


  1. Blend the spice paste with the a food processor, set aside. Heat up some oil in the wok and sauté the spice paste until fragrant. Add in the pickled fish stomach pieces and stir well with the spice paste. Add in 5 cups of water and bring it to boil and toss in the long beans, pineapples, egg plant, ginger flower, and red chilies. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add in the coconut milk, small shrimp and the herbs and simmer for another 15 minutes. Add salt to taste. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts
Perut Ikan Recipe (Nyonya Preserved Fish Stomach with Herbs and Vegetables Curry)
Amount Per Serving (4 people)
Calories 402 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 186mg62%
Sodium 604mg26%
Potassium 1144mg33%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 32g36%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 1480IU30%
Vitamin C 208.5mg253%
Calcium 237mg24%
Iron 7.8mg43%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.