This is a recipe from my MIL. I love this fried unlike HB who prefers it grilled. What's important is the filling she makes that is simple yet appetizing.
First is to saute 2 tbs of pounded shallots & a tbsp pounded garlic.
Once it turns golden, add in 3 -4 tbsp of chilly paste
Stir evenly until the paste is cooked
Join in 3-4 tbsp of grounded dried shrimps. Continue stirring for a minute.
Put in 3 cups of grated coconut
Stir & add in salt to taste if necessary.
Fill up the fish (which should be earlier marinated with turmeric powder & salt) with the filling.
Deep fry the fish until almost crispy. You may also grill it as HB likes it.
Here you go the Ikan Cencaru Sumbat.