Pepes is cooking method of steaming the ingiderents can be fish, tofu, chicken wrapped in banana leaves until became tender and cook. We used alot spices to increase the taste and flavour, especially chili paste. In this recipe i used fresh fish, you can use any type of fish which is available in your place.
1 kg whole fish (carp or snapper)
2 chopped tomato
1 stalk green onion
1 stalk lemongrass, slice
3 bay leaves
50 g kemangi leaves (sweet basil)
1 tsp. sugar
2 tbl. salad oil
banana leaves or aluminum foil to wrap
Spice paste, grind the following ingredients:
3 cloves garlic
2 big onion
2 cm ginger
1 tsp turmeric pow
50 g red thai chili
1/2 tsp. salt
25 cc water
clean the fish and take out the intestines
Make three diagonal slashes on each side of the fish for spice paste flavor to immerse.
Marinade the fish with salt and lemon juice for 15 minutes then wash the fish with a bowl of water to remove excess salt.
Add cooking oil to the spice-paste, mix.
Coat fish with spice paste.
Put kemangi leaves, salam leaves and sliced lemon grass for the flavor.
Wrap the fish in banana leaves or aluminum foil.
Steam for aprox 1 hour until 2 hour. Use pressure cooker for faster cooking time and better taste.
Let it cool and grill the wrapped fish over charcoal or oven.
Serve with steam rice