Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali Recipe: Tum Ikan

Tum Ikan is a delicious Indonesian dish, very common in Bali. This dish is a speciality at Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali. You can try it out yourself at home.



  • 600 g fish, minced (barracuda or swordfish are recommended)
  • 1 tbsp shallots, chopped and fried
  • 1 tbsp garlic, chopped and fried
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk, thick
  • 3 tbsp basic spice paste (see below)
  • 4 bird’s eye chillies, sliced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns, crushed
  • 12 pieces banana leaf, cut into 20 cm (8 inches) squares
  • 12 salam leaves (Indonesian bay leaves) for the Basic Spice Paste
  • 10 g turmeric, crushed
  • 100 g shallots, sliced
  • 50 g garlic, sliced
  • 20 g galangal, sliced
  • 20 g candlenuts, crushed
  • 10 g Chinese ginger, sliced


Step 1

For the spice paste, grind all the ingredients until smooth, then sauté for 3 to 5 minutes. Set aside.

Step 2

Combine all the ingredients, except for the banana leaf pieces and

salam leaves, and mix well.

Step 3

Fold a heaped tablespoon of the mixture into the centre of a banana leaf and wrap. Repeat for all 12 pieces.

Step 4

Steam parcels for about 15 minutes, until well cooked.

Step 5

Scatter the salam leaves over the parcels, and serve with steamed rice.


For fish lovers, Tum Ikan is a must try dish when in Bali. To find out more about what Indonesia has to offer then speak to one of our experts on 020 7843 3531 or