Folks of Malaysia who love fishing the peacock bass fish. Here is an authentic recipe to help prepare your catch. This invasive species is not on the endangered list so please help yourselves if you are looking to table them.

Sport fishermen might disagree to this. However we really can’t ignore how delectable this fish can be to eat. Here is the most authentic recipe from Brazil that one should look to give it a go the next time there is a good catch.

Spicy Peacock Bass (Tucunaré na Pimenta)

tucunare na pimenta

This recipe comes from Brazil’s unbelievably massive Amazonian rain forest, where the fish known as tucunaré is a favorite with sports fishermen and with cooks of all sorts. Its flesh is white, firm and meaty and it’s not strongly flavored. Nor is it full of bones, as many other fresh-water fish tend to be. Because tucunaré is a relatively large fish, somewhere between 1 and 3 feet in length it is suited to being filleted, being stuffed and baked whole, or being grilled or fried.

This recipe calls for tucunaré fillets. The fillets are fried and then served with a spicy sauce containing chunks of green bell peppers and cubed potatoes. Served with rice and a green salad, it makes a substantial meal.

You can, and probably will have to, substitute any other similar white-fleshed fish for the tucunaré. Unless you live in the Amazon, that is. Grouper and snapper make excellent substitutes – just make sure you don’t try to substitute a fish that is too delicate, or which flakes too easily, such as sole or cod.


RECIPE – Spicy Peacock Bass (Tucunaré na Pimenta)
Serves 2

2 white-fish fillets, tucunaré or similar, about 1/2 lb (200 gr) each
juice of 2 limes, fresh-squeezed
4 Tbsp white-wine vinegar
2 Tsp salt
1/2 cup all-purpose wheat flour
4 Tbsp neutral vegetable oil
4 Tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 medium onions, peeled and quartered
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and quartered
2 medium boiling potatoes, peeled and cooked, quartered
1 small chili pepper, jalapeno or serrano or similar, seeded and finely minced
1 cup water
handful finely chopped cilantro
Season the fish fillets with lime juice, vinegar and the salt. Let stand for three minutes, then pat dry with paper towel. Spread the flour out on a working surface and dredge the fillets in the flour, making sure they are completely covered. Reserve.

Heat the oil in a deep frying pan, and cook the fillets, one at a time, until the coating is nicely browned. Remove from the oil, drain on paper towels, and reserve, keeping warm.

In a large saucepan melt the butter and when it’s hot add the garlic, onion, tomato, green pepper and potatoes. Saute for about 5 minutes, stirring from time to time, or until the tomato begins to break down. Stir to mix, then add the water and the cilantro. Bring to a boil and cook for a few more minutes until the sauce slightly reduces.

Put the reserved fillets on a deep serving platter. Top with the vegetables from the sauce, then pour the sauce over. Serve immediately.

Recipe translated and adapted from Cozinha Regional Brasileira by Abril Editora.


There are also many ways to prepare this fish the local way. Which is even more spicier than this recipe. Please let loose and go all out with the ingredients. One fine fish to eat this one.


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Best Summer Lures and Flies: 15 Secret Weapons from Fishing Guides and Professional Anglers

Summer here in Malaysia is perpetual. Some of us are even sick of it. However a select few of people (anglers) welcome the heat.

Bass fishing is becoming bigger in Malaysia. Folks are starting to look for good sized bass to fish. Lets pick a few tips from across the pacific to help us improve our game.

Article by Will Brantley, Joe Cermele, Kirk Deeter, Mark Hicks, and Don Wirth. Uploaded on May 20, 2013

We reached out to 15 of the country’s top guides and pros—you know, the guys who get paid to reel in largemouths, smallmouths, trout, crappie, cats, walleyes, striped bass, and more—and asked them about what they rely on most to catch big fish come some. Here are their answers. You’d better clear room in your tackle box.

1. Bomber Badonk-A-Donk SS

“My go-to for nighttime tarpon in the summer is Bomber’s Badonkadonk SS,” says Captain Robert Trosset, a Florida tarpon captain. “It sinks slowly and has a really natural action underwater when you start twitching. For whatever reason, when the tarpon in the channels won’t touch anything else, I’ll get a fish to hit one of these lures.”

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Hong Meng of Sri Gombak. Quiet little shop with some good stuff.

When was the last time you fished in the area of Gombak? Situated in mountain range quite honestly Gombak has got a lot of hidden gems.  We start with a resource centre.


Before you go hunting for this place. There is another blog out there that suggests a shop is available in Jalan SG 1/1. This shop is no longer available as the building owner must have changed for a more lucrative deal with the CIMB bank. So need not go there. Some say there is a shop too in 1/5 this is futile too.


Hong Meng is situated right on the slope past the school. It is this quaint corner shop here. We love shops like these. We never know what we might find. These shops in some instances have transitions of styles of angling over the decades in Malaysia.

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USJ Heights: Updates and Interesting attempt

The weather was lousy last Friday. Lots of urban folk in the Klang valley must be tormented by such irregular weather and humidity. The tormenting is not only translating onto the streets but also the fishing. Angling in unpredictable weather tends to provide unusual and unyielding results.

Quite some time ago we featured an under construction site USJ Heights. We paid a visit on friday and were delightfully suprised. The previously restrictive area now has opened up and yes its a delightful water feature!





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