Pais is the Malay word for grilled fish. Patin pais is a grilled patin fish that is slathered with thick, rich and creamy tempoyak paste. The fish is wrapped in banana leaves and grilled on a hot fire. Other ingredients include chilies, onions, lemongrass, turmeric leaves, bird chillies and turmeric powder.
The burnt taste of the fish gives off the sweet and tangy taste that is unique and addictive.
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