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Old 02-22-2008, 08:02 PM   #1
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Asian Spicy Catfish.... not a bad experiment!

Another recipe I discovered introduced me to Kepac Manin... a thick and sweet soy sauce. While we were browsing the Asian Supermarket the other day, a jar of thick garlic chili sauce ended up in our basket... not at all as hot as we feared, and really tasty!

So tonight, since my wife is out being a Phd candidate, I decided to experiment... and not only with the two above ingredients, but also with pan fried fish, which is somewhere I have never gone before!

It turned out pretty good. For your perusal....

Asian Spicy Catfish!

2 catfish or other white fish fillets
Fish Fry breader (lightly spiced)

1/2 TBSP Lime Juice
3 TBSP Chili Garlic Sauce
3 TBSP Kepac Manin (or soy sauce with 1 TBSP brown sugar well mixed in)
2 Tsp Ginger grated or finely minced
1 Med Shallot, grated or finely minced
2 small red "Thai" peppers, minced or 1/4 tsp Red pepper Flakes
1/2 Tsp Anchovy Sauce
3 TBSP Water

1 Green Onion, chopped

Mix sauce ingredients well, set to the side.
Moisten fish with water, shake off excess. Lightly coat with breading.
Pan fry in 1/4 inch hot oil for about 2 minutes per side. Slightly undercooked is fine.
Remove fish and let rest on paper towels. Drain all oil except about 1-2 TBSP.
In the remaining hot oil, fry the sauce for about 2-3 minutes, until slightly thickened.
Remove sauce, replace fish and pour sauce over. Cover and simmer on low heat for 5 minutes.
Sprinkle chopped green onion on when serving.


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Old 02-22-2008, 08:09 PM   #2
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That sauce looks incredible.
Very nice!

Give us this day our daily bacon.
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Old 02-22-2008, 09:01 PM   #3
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When you say "Anchovy Sauce", do you mean Thai "Fish Sauce" (aka Nam Pla), or the anchovy paste that comes in a tube?

(It looks fabulous & I can't wait to try it - thanks for the recipe & the pic!!)
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Old 02-22-2008, 11:00 PM   #4
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Hi Breezy!
I went with anchovy paste from a tube, instead of Nam Pla or Nuoc Mam.
(I am quite addicted to Vietnamese Fish Sauce!)

If you can find the Kepac Manin, definitely get some. It is good stuff too!
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Old 02-23-2008, 12:04 PM   #5
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Man that looks awesome! I could definitely go for something like that right now, LOL.
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