Cooking – with banana leaves

It’s called Pepes Ikan = fish cooked in banana leaves.  And it goes something like this…

Chop tons of Balinese spices and veggies.

The man can chop

The man can chop

Don’t ask me what all the spices are called, I just know that there’s turmeric, ginger, garlic, chillis (green and red) and other stuff… (like isan – not sure how you spell it – but it smells so good!)

Balinese spices

Balinese spices – might not look so good, but they taste amazing

Don’t forget to smile while you chop away

Cooking with a smile

Yaniq cooking with a smile

Smother the fish with the spices mixed with coconut oil and wrap them in banana leaf parcels, sealed with cocktail sticks.

The making of pepes ikan

The making of pepes ikan

Place some banana leaves inside the pan

Line the frying pan with banana leaves

Line the frying pan with banana leaves

Then add the pepes ikan

Prepare to fry the banana leaf parcels

Prepare to fry the banana leaf parcels

Cover it with more banana leaves, presumably to seal in the flavours even more, and turn on that gas

Banana leaf covered frying pan

Banana leaf covered frying pan

Meanwhile stir fry more seasoning for the base of prawns in a coconut curry sauce

Cook the prawns

Preparing to cook the prawns

Don’t forget a side dish of colourful veggies

Nearly ready

Nearly ready

Open up the pepes and smell the aroma

Cooked to perfection

Cooked to perfection

I’m getting hungry again just looking at the pics.

Dinner's ready

– Dinner’s ready

Dinners ready – lets go eat.

Ah, but maybe you want to see where the banana leaves came from in the first place

Yaniq and the giant leaves

Yaniq and the giant leaves

we cut the leaves straight from the banana trees in our garden.

By the way, my only real involvement in this delicious meal was… taking the photo’s – those who know me well, will understand that I’ve never been much of a cook – but boy do I love eating Balinese food.  Luckily for me, all the guys here are great chefs = big smiles 🙂 🙂

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  1. kuatarina mount

     /  24/06/2013

    Yum! x

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