Gourami dish (with Perch and Sweet and Sour sauce)

sea bass with sweet and sour ginger sauceThis recipe seems really nice. A crispy fish (I choose sea bass) topped with a sweet and sour ginger sauce. The fish is fried crispy with some flour. I can do this. 😉 Let’s put it all together.

How many people can join in depends on the size of your fish of course. I make the fish as a side dish for 6 people. Ready in 30 minutes.

Gourami dish of perch with sweet and sour sauce #216 translated from Beb Vuyk Groot Indonesisch Kookboek, page 201.


1 large perch
2 tablespoons of flour

Bake the fish in the same way as is described in the previous recipe. Cover her with a sweet and sour ginger sauce (see Chapter Sauces).

The previous recipe 215 ‘Gourami dish with vegetable sauce’ states:

Gourami is a Chinese carp species, which is also grown in Indonesia in fresh-water ponds. They can be replaced by perch or carp. The fish is used in its entirety. Leave head and fins attached. Clean and wash the fish under the cold water tap. Make some cuts on the side of the fish on both sides and rub with salt and pepper. Leave it like this for a while. Then dry the fish well with paper towels. Dip the fish in some flour. Heat up the oil in the pan which is large enough to fit in the complete fish. Shake off the flour and bake the fish until golden brown on both sides. Let it drain on paper.

sea bass for our Gourami dishFor this recipe, I choose sea bass. You can use carp, but that fish has quite some fish bones. I really like sea bass. It’s very tasty and firm.

I carve the fish as Beb describes and sprinkle it with salt and pepper. You’d think the fish would dry out because of the salt but that doesn’t happen. I leave the fish seasoned with the salt and pepper for about 10 minutes.

I pat it dry with paper towels and sprinkle it with flour. I add a nice layer of oil into my pan and fry the fish on both sides. After 5 minutes I flip it over.

In total, I fry the fish for 10 minutes. The baking time is dependent on the thickness and size. Because of the cuts, you can easily see if the fish is done or not.

Sea bass cut on the side and fried for Indonesian Gourami dishThe fish has rested on some kitchen paper and is ready to be topped with the sauce.

Beb states in her recipe to use ‘sweet and sour ginger sauce’. In her chapter ‘Sauces’ are several sauces to choose from. I go for sweet and sour ginger sauce #1 on page 285.

Sea bass with sweet and sour Indonesian ginger sauce

Beb Vuyk, best known for her Groot Indonesisch Kookboek (Great Indonesian Cook Book), was much more than a great cook. She belongs to the most important Dutch-Indonesian (Indo) writers and journalists of her time. Check this out.

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