Wednesday, 28 September 2011


( Pla Choun Pesak )
In thailand "Pla Choun" or "Haruan" is a popular freshwater fish.

Pla Choun is the snake head fish, known as "striped snake-head fish", similar in appearance and family lineage to Pla Duk ( catfish) or "Keli". It's more aggresive look as far the head is concerned.


 Well, enough for the we show you how to cook "Pla Choun Pesak" or Malaysian says "assam pedas haruan"...

Score the fish at an angle all the way to the bones on both sides to help it cook faster and crispier. Add oil to a wok or pan. Fry the fish,it should take about 7 minutes on the first side. 

Ingredients for paste:

dry chillies

shrimp paste
fish meat

blend together dry chillis, shallots,garlic and shrimp paste to make chillis paste....
Tamarind juice " assam jawa"
carrot, long bean, cauliflower, chinease cabbage,
 baby corn & snow peas
combine chillies paste, fish meat and tamarind juice in a wok, 
bring the mixture to a simmer.for about 5 min. 
Add fish sauce, chicken stock, sugar and palm sugar for seasoning..
         Now add all the vegetables and cook until the vegetables are tender.
Pla Choun is served in a fish shaped hotpot placed on a coal fire.


Once the soup is ready, drain immediately on top of the stir-fried Pla Choun
"Haruan fish"...

Well, we selling hot for this dish in our restaurant.Pla  Choun (Haruan) is seldom served in Malaysian's Thai restaurant , and this make us different from them..more Pla Choun dish is served have to come and try them.

Some info for Pla Choun goodness:
Research has shown that the "Haruan" has a high Vitamin A content, and 60-70% of body mass, its protein content is also sizeable. Its fat content is low compared to other freshwater fish , also to beef, lamb & chicken. 
An essential Omega-6 fatty acid, Arachidonic Acid, is found in abundance in haruan’s meat while the Omega-3 fatty acid, Eicosapentaenoic Acid, is non-existent. AA is known to be essential for the repair and growth of skeletal muscle tissue, plays an important role in the inflammatory process. 
Haruan also contains high levels of acid amino , important in the wound healing process. 

1 comment:

  1. Good luck and all the best with your restaurant :-)

    Thai food when done well ... rocks!