British chef Jamie Oliver makes Malaysian-style fish dish on his cooking show


The current season of Friday Night Feast has Jamie Oliver cooking a Malaysian-style fish. Photo: YouTube

On the popular cooking programme Jamie And Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, which airs on Britain’s Channel 4, chef Jamie Oliver and his co-presenter Jimmy Doherty whipped up the usual Friday night feast.

For his segment on the Jan 15 episode, Oliver chose to make Malaysian-style sea bass (siakap).

His co-host Doherty cooked cheese and pepper quesadillas while their guest – British boxer Amir Khan – prepared lamb and scalloped potatoes.

The series is currently in its eighth season. Its format has the two hosts cooking up meals, and they are joined by a celebrity guest.

Some of the guests in past seasons have included athlete Usain Bolt, actor David Tennant and comedian John Bishop.

The video of Oliver making the “lovely baked sea bass” is available on his Instagram account. And he definitely makes it all look easy alright.

Among the ingredients he uses for the paste are lemongrass, red chillies, shallot, ginger, kaffir lime leaves and salt which he crushes with pestle and mortar, adding peanuts halfway through.

He also adds fish oil, tomato puree and lime juice into the mix before slathering it onto the fish. Covering the prepared fish with banana leaf, he bakes it in the oven for a period of time.

The video ends with him enjoying the fish with rice, as well as salad and chili pickle, saying, “Normally, I would use knife and fork for this, but today I am going to use my very clean hands.”

While many agreed on the comment section that eating with hand is the Malaysian way, there were one or two who remarked on the way Oliver was eating the food with his hand.

One person wrote: “Dude. It's your hand. You don't have to tilt your head like that.”

Some people even had their own suggestions to add into the paste like belacan, and replacing kaffir lime leaves with laksa leaves and tamarind leaves.

Anyway, watch the video – which has gotten more than 945,148 views at last count – for yourself below.

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