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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Nasi Dagang dan Gulai ikan Tongkol Kelantan (Traders Rice and Tuna curry)

Another recipe that has long list of ingredients and it took long hours to prepare. I bought 1kg of beras Dagang from the recent Kelantan trip, wanted to try my hands with home cooked nasi dagang and gulai ikan Tongkol.

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My first time cutting a big fish !! This is 2kg of Tongkol fish that I bought from pasar (wet market).
I wanted to show you the real fish, so I ask the seller don't need to cut this fish for me.
But I regretted, it was like a war, blood spread all over the sink area at my wet kitchen, LOL.

I managed to cut this big fish finally. This fish has very strong fishy smell, no wonder makcik Manggis's recipe asked to cook this fish separately and added a lot of spices and herbs. So I would say this is a local type of Tuna fish, it is difference from the tuna fish that used by Japanese to make sushi.
If you can't accept the fishy smell from this ikan Tongkol, a good alternative is replaced with mackerel fish.

Yummy Gulai ikan Tongkol Kelantan !!
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 Enjoy with Nasi Dagang (Traders rice)

Side dish- ayam serunding ( chicken floss)


also salted fish (bought from Kelantan too), but forgot the name of this fish..


must have sour pickled cucumbers, carrots and onion

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Fine dining presentation of my home cooked Nasi Dagang ^_^
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Let check the long recipes...I cooked 1kg of nasi dagang at one go, so I sent half for my sister who just staying nearby..In order to get rid of fishy smell from the ikan Tongkol, the gravy of gulai ikan Tongkol has to taste on sour side, so you adjust the amount of tamarind peels accordingly.

Nasi Dagang dan Gulai ikan Tongkol Kelantan (Traders rice and Tuna Curry )

Tuna Curry ( gulai ikan Tongkol)
(recipe source: adapted from MakcikManggis)
*serve 9 pax

1.2kg Tongkol fish (ikan Tongkol), cut into big pieces
-cook Tongkol fish with water (just enough to cover fish), add salt, brown sugar, few slices of blue gingers, and few slices of tamarind peel (asam keeping) for about 5-10mins.

Ingredients 1
1” cinnamon stick (kayu manis)
2 star anise (bunga lawang)
3 cloves (bunga cengkih)
2 green cardamom (buah pelaga)

Ingredients 2 - Blend into fine paste
1tbsp coriander powder (serbuk ketumbar)
1/2tbsp fennel powder (serbuk jintan manis)
3 green cardamom (buah pelaga)
4 cloves (bunga cengkih)
1” cinnamon stick (kayu manis)

Ingredients 3- Blend into fine paste
3 slices blue ginger (lengkuas or galangal)
3 cloves garlic (bawang putih)
1” fresh turmeric (kunyit hidup)
1” young ginger (halia)
15 shallots (bawang merah)
10 dried chillies (cili kering)

Other ingredients
1 and ½ cup coconut milk (extracted from one grated coconut + 2 cups water)
2tbsp toasted grated coconuts (kerisik)
1tbsp fish curry powder (rempah ikan kari)
100g green beans
4 red small chillies
4 green small chillies
2tsp salt or to taste
1tbsp palm sugar (gula Melaka)


  1. Heat cooking oil in a wok, sauté ingredients 1 till aroma.
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  3. Add in ingredients 2 and 3 and fish curry powder, continue sauté till aroma and   separated. 242
  4. Add in 1cup fish stock and cook till boiled. 244
  5. Slowly add in coconut milk and cook over medium low heat, and stir time to time. 245
  6. Add in cooked Tongkol fish pieces, toasted grated coconut t(kerisik), seasoning with salt and palm sugar, continue cook for a while. 246
  7. Add in green beans, red and green small chillies, cook for 1min. 247
  8. Dish out.

Nasi Dagang Kelantan (Traders Rice)
(recipe source: by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover)
*serves 9 pax

6 ½ cups Traders rice (beras Dagang), washed clean
1 ½ cups glutinous rice (beras pulut putih), washed clean

10 shallots, sliced
6 garlic, sliced
2” ginger, julienned
1tsp fenugreek (halba)
2tsp salt
1 cup thick coconut milk
6 cups water


  1. Soak both beras Dagang and glutinous rice overnight. Drained. 217
  2. Mix two rice together in the steaming tray, add in 3 cups water, steam for 20mins.
  3. Fluff up the rice and add 2 cups water, continue steam for 20mins.
  4. Add in 1 cup coconut milk and 1 cup water, shallots, garlic, ginger, halba and salt, mix well, continue to steam until cooked. Adjust water accordingly to the doneness of the rice. 307

Pickled cucumbers, Carrots and Onion
(recipe source: by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover)

2 Japanese cucumbers, cut into bar-rectangles
1 carrot, cut into bar-rectangles
½ onion, slices

2tbsp caster sugar
4tbsp vinegar
1/2tsp salt


  1. Mix cucumbers, carrot and onion and seasonings in a mixing bowl.
  2. Marinate for 1hour, squeeze out juices and transfer pickled in another clean bowl or jar 184

Some salted fish, deep fried

How to enjoy-just assemble everything together ..

I am submitting this post to Malaysian Food Fest, Kelantan Month hosted by My Kitchen Snippets 


Rose world said...

Wow! Very yummy, but like you said, I would not go to such extreme in cooking this dish. hehehe! Long cooking time.

Somewhere in Singapore said...

Me hungry again after seeing your this dish even after finishing my dinner, keke...

cikmanggis said...

Clap clap (tepuk tangan dengan kuat) sebab Sonia telah berjaya memasak nasi dagang dan gulai ikan tongkol kegemaran Cm ni .Bukan senang tau...byk bahan yg perlu di sediakan.I kagum betul dengan you Sonia.

Presentationnya sungguh cantik dan ada kelas ;)
And one more thing,I jarang potong ikan tongkol sendiri sebab darahnya byk ;)....tahniah kerana berjaya memotong ikan tongkol ..bukan kerja mudah tp puas hati horr;)

Aunty Young(安迪漾) said...

刚吃完Nasi Kerabu Kelantan不久,
酱快又有Nasi Dagang吃,

Queenie said...

wow...saya pun kagum dengan you, Sonia. Ini tanda you dah menang dalam war tu hahaha, yes,boleh bayang kan darah bersepah satu dapur. kan?...

saya sendiri belum pandai msak nasi dagang tapi gulai tu ok la, boleh la sikit2, saya belajar dari orang Terengganu...:)

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Li Shuan said...

The nasi is very special...i like it.
Very brave of u to cut n process the fish by yourself...it must be a tedious job. But, feel nice to taste the yummy finished product. Beautiful food presentation.

Jessie-CookingMoments said...

First of all, a big clap to you for doing another few dishes that requires hours to prepare! I think I have patience to make bread but not in cooking this, haha! So your cake ring was used to plate your nasi dagang here?

Ana Regalado said...

Another impressive and wonderfully delicious dish , Sonia ! Each dish is delicious on its own and together , I bet it taste spectacular :D

Imo Teo said...

我还没吃过nasi dagang耶,不知道味道如何。。。

ann low said...

WOW! this is really a long post but worth trying. Your set meal looks very delicious!

Lori said...

The hard work paid off with a beautiful presentation, and I bet it is delicious. I love every flavor included. Tuna curry is completely new to me.

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Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Looks like fun learning to cook something new :). Yummy!

Mel said...

Wow, what a great post this is and the tutorial photos are great as well. This dish must be yummy to be enjoyed by all as you have cooked this with great effort.

Mel said...

Wow, what a great post this is and the tutorial photos are great as well. This dish must be yummy to be enjoyed by all as you have cooked this with great effort.

Azie Kitchen said...

Normally for the ikan tongkol, kita rebus a day before. Let's the boiled fish sleep overnight in the periuk.

Gee® said...

So yummy!!

Mich Piece of Cake said...

Your home cooked Nasi Gadang looks delicious! You are so brave to handle that fish. I dislike dealing with raw meat...

Awayofmind Bakery Hoiuse said...

lovely meal! I wish to have a taste of the curry, yum, yum! miss this kind of cooking!

Lady G said...

Dayum, reading your blog during my diet is always a bad idea. Now I'm craving Nasi Dagang! Along with Fish Head Curry, Prawn Mee, Sarawak Laksa, Kolok Mee and Nasi Briyani with Beef Rendang...

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Nadji said...

Certainement délicieux.
Dommage, nous n'avons pas tous les ingrédients ici.
A bientôt

Small Kucing said...

hubs would love this

Esther Lau said...

Sonia, your nasi dagang looks Sedap lah !!!! I don't like Ikan tongkol that's why I cooked mine using Ikan tenggiri ;)

My Little Space said...

Can FEDex over for my today's lunch? haha....

PH said...

Sonia, very nice plating leh! Your Nasi Dagang look very classy one. I don't like ikan tongkol that's why I hardly eat nasi dagang. But I would prefer mackerel.

divya said...

Absolutely delicious. Looks amazing!

MeRy said...

Super yummy.

Amelia said...

Hi Sonia, lovely presentation and look awesome. But I tried this fish once but don't like the taste.

Best regards.

mui mui said...

Ah Chi,
Love how you present your Nasi Dagang .
Just by looking at your plating is already very inviting.

Unknown said...

Looks atas! haha

Anonymous said...

Gosh, such an hectic to gathering all of this ingredients Sonia,
i salute for you,
i guess this gonnabe lovely rice dish, the name itself is a cuttie, i was wondering how dis the trader got all of this....

Unknown said...

Ikan gelama kering... normally we eat with boiled eggs.. instead of dried fish.. I learned from my late mom who cooked perfect nasi dagang. Every time she cooks nasi dagang, my uncle and aunties will come bringing while families. I think her secret was in careful preparation with all ingredients and coconut milk self squeezed using muslin cloth. Yes it took hours before we can eat the dish but it was worth the wait. I am still learning to perfect the cooking bcoz rice cannot be overcooked or it will be "pecah perut" as my mom called it and wont taste.nice.

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