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Eat Like a Surrogate Mother

Brought to you by the chefs from Orangutan Jungle School.

We have a lovely, simple recipe idea for you, and it’s a favourite amongst our Surrogate Mothers. Called ‘Ikan Sambal Bawang’, and  consisting of 3 components,  fish, veggies, and  rice.


For the fish, cut into chunks the fish of your choice, but our team commonly uses river fish such as nila (Nile tilapia) or lele (catfish).


Next prepare the marinade by crushing together, with a mortar and pestle (or blender), fresh turmeric, garlic, shallots, ketchup, salt, and sugar. Toss the fish in this sauce and let it marinate.


Meanwhile, chop tomatoes, green chilis, and red chilis. How much chili is up to you, but in Indonesia this is a very spicy dish and very chili heavy, all the seeds are left in.


Next, heat up a neutral oil in a wok. Once hot, add the fish, chilis, and tomatoes. Saute until fully cooked.

This dish is typically served ‘lalapan’ or with veggies. In this case, chop daun singkong (cassava leaves), kecipir (winged bean, a long and smooth legume that is slightly sweet), and kol (white cabbage). If you can’t find these, just use your favourites. Boil the veggies until cooked.

Serve the fish together with the veggies and fresh white rice and enjoy! Be sure to have some water on standby though because this dish is HOT!

Try it at home and don’t forget to share it with #eatlikeasurrogatemother hashtag!

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