Sardines in tomato sauce
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Serves: 2-3
  • 1 (oval) can of sardines (I use Ayam brand)
  • 1 red onion (sliced)
  • 3-4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 chilli (deseed, sliced)
  • about 4 tablespoons tomato sauce (I use Maggi)
  • 1 tablespoon assam (mix with a bit of water) or use lime to taste
  • 100-200ml water
  1. Heat oil in a wok. Add the onion and chilli and fry till fragrant. Add the garlic.
  2. Add the sauce from the can of sardines (but don't place the sardines into the wok just yet).
  3. Add some water (gauge for yourself, depends on how thick you want the sauce to be) and the tomato sauce.
  4. Add the assam water (without the seeds of course - use a sieve).
  5. Let the sauce simmer for at least 10min. (By then, the onions would have softened and the sauce would have been sweetened by the onion so there's no need for extra sugar)
  6. Add the sardines and simmer for another 5min or so.
  7. Dish and serve with hot fluffy rice.
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