Red Snapper Angsio (Sweet and Sour Red Snapper)

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When I was in Indonesia, I lived around Chinese community. Even though I don’t celebrate Chinese New Year, I sometimes say “Gong Xi Fat Choi” to my Chinese friends. Don’t forget Indonesian culinary is also influenced by Chinese culinary, so I used to have Chinese food almost everyday.

My mom loved to cook Chinese food beside cooking Sumatran or Javanese food and baking traditional/modern cakes and one of her cook was Angsio Kakap. I have no idea what angsio is in English nor in Bahasa Indonesia, but I do love this food. This food could be translated as Breaded Red Snapper with Sweet Sour Sauce.

It’s supposed to use a whole of red snapper, not red snapper fillets, and coat it in flour and deep fry. Since I’m lazy to use deep fry, I used bake method.

Category: Fish & Shellfish
Style: Chinese

325 grams red snapper fillets, cut into small pieces
1 lime
1 tsp garlic powder
peppercorn, ground
spanish olive oil
fresh bread crumbs

Sweet Sour Sauce
2 gloves garlic, bruised
1 cm ginger, finely sliced
1 medium onion, finely sliced
2 medium carrots, julienne
3 tbsp sweet chili sauce
4 tbsp ketchup
2 tsp fish sauce
2 tsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp sugar
300 ml water
1 tsp cornstarch, disslove in water
1/2 tsp sesame seed oil
oil to stir fry
salt and ground blackpepper as desired

1. Preheat oven at 375F.
2. Drizzle lime juice over the fillets, flip them over couple times. Let stand for 15 minutes.
3. Drizzle a small amount of spanish oilive oil and sprinkle garlic powder, salt and ground pappercorn over the fillets. Let them stand for 10 minutes more. Coat wwith bread crumbs.
4. Line baking pan with parchment paper and put coated fillets in a baking pan.
5. Bake for 2 0- 30 minutes or until done.

Sweet Sour Sauce
1. Stir fry onion, ginger and garlic unti fragrant. Add carrot and cook until a hlf done.
2. Add sweet chili sauce, ketchup, fish sauce, sugar and water. Stir evenly and bring to a boil.
3. Add salt, ground black pepper, lime juice, sesame seed oil and cornstarch mixture. Stir evenly and set aside.

Serve breaded red snapper in a serving plate and pour sweet sour sauce over.

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An Indonesian-born who lived in Winnipeg Edmonton, Canada for more than a decade prior to move to Edmonton in 2017. Indonesia Eats is a memoir of her homeland.