Nyonya Tamarind Fish Soup/ Kong Assam Soup

By Margarita Lee

Ingredients A
4-6 Kembong Fish or Mackerel,
3 Tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp ikan bilis/anchovy seasoning powder
Salt and sugar to taste

Ingredients B
8-10 pcs tamarind peels
5 pcs Kaffir lime leaves
6 – 8 pcs  dry chillies (Soak in hot water and remove seeds)
4pcs lemongrass  (bruised)
1 bunga kantan, sliced lengthwise
6 shallots (peel and bruised )
10g belacan  (slightly toasted)
1.2 L water


  1. Remove the gut of Kembung Fish, rinse and pat dry
  2. Heat up a pot of boiling water, add all the ingredients B, simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Add fish and let it simmer for 10 minutes or until fish is cooked.
  4. Mix in fish sauce, salt and sugar to taste.
  5. Serve hot with rice.
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