Keropok is a Malaysian deep-fried cracker made from starch and other ingredients that serve as a flavouring. They are a popular snack in parts of Southeast Asia. Tambun Fish Crackers use the delicate flavour of the delicious Tamban fish that makes the cracker unlike any other in taste and crunchiness.
What is Tamban Fish
The Tamban fish is also known Clupeidae is a family of ray-finned fishes, comprising, for instance, the herrings, shads, sardines, hilsa, and menhadens. The clupeoids include many of the most important food fishes in the world and are also commonly caught for the production of fish oil and fish meal. Many members of the family have a body protected with shiny cycloid (very smooth and uniform) scales, a single dorsal fin, and a fusiform body for quick, evasive swimming and pursuit of prey composed of small planktonic animals. Due to their small size and position in the lower trophic level of many marine food webs, the levels of methylmercury they bioaccumulate are very low, reducing the risk of mercury poisoning when consumed. It is valued as food in Japan, maybe eaten raw, as sashimi, or cooked, like whitebait.
Malaysian would crush them and make them in a cracker or sometimes kerepok lekor.
How to Make Keropok Lekor
- Clean the fish thoroughly, remove its intestines and chop off its head and tail, leaving the body intact.
- Make slits along both sides of the fish, then scrape off the meat; discard the bones. Pound, chop or mince the meat finely, adding salt to taste.
- Add some ice cubes and continue mincing the fish meat. Add sago flour and water. Stir the mixture until it becomes a soft dough.
- Dip your hand in the sago flour and roll the dough into a cylindrical shape.
- Boil a potful of water. Add in one or two knotted pandan leaves. Drop the keropok lekor into the boiling water.
- Wait for it to float and remove with a slotted spoon. Set aside to cool.
- Cut the pieces diagonally into thin slices. Dry in the sun thoroughly, then deep-fry in hot oil.
Here’s a video on how to make Keropok Lekor(audio is in Malay)