Carp arsik
Course Main course
Place of origin Indonesia
Region or state North Sumatra
Created by Batak cuisine
Serving temperature Hot or room temperature
Main ingredients Fish in spices
Cookbook: Arsik  Media: Arsik

Arsik is an Indonesian spicy fish dish of the Batak Toba and Mandailing people of North Sumatra, usually using the common carp (known in Indonesia as ikan mas or gold fish).[1]

Distinctively Batak elements of the dish are the use of torch ginger fruit (asam cikala), and andaliman (Indonesian szechuan pepper).[1] Common Indonesian spices such as shallots, garlic, ginger, fresh turmeric root and chili are also used.

Andaliman, essential for the distinctive taste of the dish, is known to grow only in the Batak highlands above 1500 metres of North Tapanuli and Samosir, hence this dish is regarded as specifically of the Batak Toba and Mandailing, who dwell in these areas.[2]

Other Main Ingredient

Besides goldfish, marine fish such as bloating and snapper, and meat can also be used as arsik. In general, materials that are widely used meat is pork.


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