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When I was young, we made it a point to have a soup dish in every meal, in retrospect, I guess that’s a great way to have kids having enough liquid in our diet?

Anyway,  I remember that one of my favorites of such soup dishes were the salted fish bone tofu and pork soup.  So when I was at Kota Kinabalu not too long ago, I made it a point to get myself some good quality whole kurau salted fish that includes the boney bits.

So here’s the recipe I got from mom.

salted fish bone tofu


  • salted fish bone (preferably ikan kurau)
  • a bulb of garlic, peeled
  • an inch of ginger, sliced
  • spring onion, cut into 2 inches length
  • pork slices, 300-500 gram
  • tofu, 2 blocks
  • 2 liter of water
  • 4-5 tablespoon cooking oil


  • soak fish bone for half an hour
  • fry garlic, ginger and fish bone till fragrant
  • add pork slices and brown the exterior
  • add water and bring to boil for at least half hour
  • add tofu for the last minute, add spring onion too

Comfort food for rainy days for sure!

Welp, it’s been almost three years since I last have an entry on cooking, I guess it’s not better time than now to put in one of my favorite dishes mom used to cook when I was a boy – Nyonya seafood curry with salted fish bone. This really came about because I managed to get some really big whole salted fish from the Filipino market in Kota Kinabalu.

ingredients for seafood curry pot
ingredients for seafood curry pot

As the name of the dish suggests, this is a classic Penang style Nyonya dish. Unlike normal curry dish, the presence of salted fish bone gives it a better taste character that’s much better than salt ever would. It is also a dish that has pretty much everything in it – vegetable, seafood, santan, and with steamed rice, makes a whole meal.

blending onion, ginger, garlic
blending onion, ginger, garlic

Anyway, here’s the ingredient list of the version mom makes:

  • 1 KG prawns and/or other seafood (mussels for example)
  • 2-3 pieces of salted fish bone (kurau fish preferred)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1-2 onion
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1/2 dozen cili padi
  • spring onion
  • curry paste (best if you can get them from morning market)
  • 1 tomato, 1/2 dozen lady’s fingers, 1 brinjal
  • 2 packets of coconut milk
  • 3-4 spoon cooking oil

"tumis" chili paste with oil, and then add seafood
“tumis” chili paste with oil, and then add seafood

Cooking instructions:

  • clean and soak salted fish bone for 10-15 mins
  • grind up onion, ginger, garlic, and cili padi to a paste
  • heat up oil and fry the paste for a minute
  • add curry paste to the mix, stir for another minute
  • add salted fish, seafood and stir until slightly fragrant, perhaps a minute or so
  • add vegetables, stir for another minute
  • add santan, bring to boil for a couple minutes
  • cut up spring onion and add to the mix (for looks only lah)

add vege and santan next
add vege and santan next

Remember to serve this with a nice plate of steamed rice, low carb diet be damned.

viola, it's all done, seafood curry with salted fish bone
viola, it’s all done, seafood curry with salted fish bone

I promise to not let another 3 years passed before putting up another recipe on this blog, and this is in fact, the 100th. You can find more of my simple recipes here.