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Pindang Ikan Patin (Spicy Catfish Soup)

Pindang Ikan Patin is native to Sumatera Selatan (South Sumatera), Indonesia. In Sumatera island, this kind of catfish is called Patin. Patin (Pangasius sutchi)  has a silver color and unique shape and commonly called as shark catfish because it shape look like a shark. When the patin fish is cooked with right combination of spices, the aroma can arouse our appetite. Thus, in a number of food stalls in Sumatera, they put patin fish dishes as one of the favorite Cuisines.


  1. 1 kg Patin Fish (Silver Catfish), cleaned. Cut into 2 pieces, smear with 1 tablespoon of lime juice for about 15 minutes. Rinse.
  2. 5 green tomatoes, cut into 4 pieces
  3. 3 stalks lemongrass, crushed
  4. 3 bay leaves
  5. 5 cm ginger, crushed
  6. 5 cm galangal, crushed
  7. 3 red tomatoes, cut into 4 pieces
  8. 2 red chili, finely sliced ± 2 cm
  9. 25 g basil leaves
  10. 3 tablespoon  tamarind water
  11. 2 tablespoon sweet soy sauce
  12. 2 tabblespoon brown sugar
  13. 5 slices of pineapple (for additional)
  14. Salt to taste
  15. Sugar to taste
  16. 1250 cc water

Grind spices:

  1. 5 red chilies
  2. 6 cloves garlic
  3. 6 shallots


  1. Boil grind spices, bay leaves, lemongrass, ginger, and galangal with 1250 cc of water in medium flame.
  2. Add Patin Fish (Catfish) and other ingredients, add salt according to taste. if you like, you can add  pineapple slices.
  3. Continue to boil until fish fully cooked.
  4. Ready to serve


2 thoughts on “Pindang Ikan Patin (Spicy Catfish Soup)

  1. looks delicious.. thanks 4 info

    Posted by zetamartiarso | December 1, 2011, 5:42 PM

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