Malaysian Cuisine - Seafood

Nyonya Acar Fish (Nyonya Pickled Fish)

August 20, 2017 | Recipe by Bake with Paws

The Hokkien in Penang call this “Acar Hu”. We normally use Mullet fish (Chee Ya Hu in Hokkien) for this dish and we happened to have some that my Mother-in-Law bought at the market.  You may also use Red Snapper fillets. 

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Recipe - Nyonya Acar Fish


8 mullet fish (ikan belanak)
Sea salt
1 cup cooking oil

50g (8 cloves) garlic, sliced thinly
50g ginger, julienne
20g turmeric root, sliced thinly
2 red chillies, seeded and cut into big pieces
60ml vegetable oil (I used coconut oil)

100ml white vinegar (I used Heinz distilled white vinegar)
4 tbsp brown sugar or to taste
1 tsp salt or to taste

1 tsp sesame seeds, toasted

  1. Clean the fish and drain.  Season fish with salt and deep fry until golden brown.  Set aside.
  2. Fry the turmeric with 60ml of oil until almost crispy.  The oil will become yellow. Remove turmeric from wok and set aside.
  3. Using the turmeric oil, fry ginger and garlic until golden brown.  Remove from oil and set aside.
  4. Turn off the heat, add in chillies, vinegar, sugar and salt into same oil.  Stir until sugar dissolved.  
  5. Add the fried turmeric, ginger, garlic and lastly the fish to the mixture. Keep submerged in the vinegar mixture at least one hour before serving.
  6. Garnishing with toasted sesame seeds and serve.  The best to eat the next day as the flavours will develop.