Recipe Pepes Lais Tempoyak

Pepes Lais Tempoyak is a traditional Indonesian dish originating from Padang, West Sumatra. It's a flavorful and aromatic dish made with fish and fermented durian paste wrapped in banana leaves and then steamed. Here's how you can make this delicious dish at home:


  • 500g of freshwater fish fillets (such as tilapia or catfish), sliced thinly
  • 200g tempoyak (fermented durian paste)
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves, thinly sliced
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, white part only, thinly sliced
  • 4 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 red chillies, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Banana leaves for wrapping, cut into rectangles and lightly heated to soften


  1. Prepare the fish: In a bowl, mix the fish slices with turmeric powder and salt. Set aside.

  2. Make the filling: In another bowl, mix together the tempoyak, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, shallots, garlic, and red chilies.

  3. Wrap the fish: Take a piece of banana leaf and place some fish slices on it. Top with a generous spoonful of the tempoyak mixture. Wrap the banana leaf around the fish to form a parcel. Secure with toothpicks if necessary. Repeat with the remaining fish and filling.

  4. Steam the parcels: Steam the wrapped parcels in a steamer for about 20-25 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through.

  5. Serve: Once cooked, serve the Pepes Lais Tempoyak hot with steamed rice.


  • Ensure the banana leaves are softened before wrapping to prevent tearing.
  • Adjust the number of red chilies according to your spice preference.
  • If tempoyak is not available, you can substitute it with fermented shrimp paste (terasi) for a different flavor profile.


  • You can use different types of fish or even shrimp for this recipe.
  • Add vegetables like sliced tomatoes or spinach for extra flavor and nutrition.

Nutritional Information:

Calories per serving: Approximately 250 calories (may vary depending on the type and amount of fish used)


Pepes Lais Tempoyak is a unique and delicious dish that showcases the rich flavors of Indonesian cuisine. With its blend of savory fish, aromatic spices, and the distinctive tanginess of tempoyak, it's sure to be a hit at your dinner table. Experiment with different variations to suit your taste preferences, and enjoy this traditional Indonesian delicacy!


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