Mauritius Sweet and  Sour Fish (Aigre Doux Poissons)

Sweet and sour my favorite Chinese-Asian dish! This recipe is filled with abundant flavors and the sweet and sour sauce define the hit of this dish. Sweet and sour’s cooking method has been adapted into different ways based as per different countries and cultures across the world, but still we call it SWEET AND SOUR! 

I have learnt this recipe from my family and I am happy to share a restaurant-style Fish Sweet and Sour recipe, which undoubtedly you can substitute with chicken and prawns. I never buy already prepared Sweet and Sour sauce stocked in jar in the supermarkets. I prefer making my own sauce and I am sure this is a dish you can always make when you are having guests at home or even for a quick dinner meal.

In Mauritius this dish is served with rice, bread and even fried rice.

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Ingredients to marinade the fish:

  • 5-6 pieces of fish fillets, cut into large pieces
  • 1/2 cup Corn flour
  • 1 tbsp of Ginger and Garlic paste
  • Salt and Pepper

Ingredients for the Sweet & Sour sauce:

  • 4 tbsp Plum Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Ketchup
  • 1 1/2 mug of Water
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp of Corn flour


  • 2 Bell Peppers, cut into chunks or long strips, sauteed
  • 2 Carrots, cut into your preferred shape, sauteed
  • 1/2 of a Pineapple, cut into chunks
  • 1 large Onion, cut into half-moon shapes
  • 1 small bunch of Spring Onions, cut into your preferred shape
  • 1 bunch of Parsley, roughly chopped


1. Marinade the fish pieces with ginger and garlic, salt and pepper and toss the slices into the corn flour, gently shake off any excess and set aside.  In a bowl, mix all the ingredients for the Sweet & Sour sauce together. 

2. Heat a non-stick pan with vegetable oil and deep-fry the fish pieces. 

3. On medium-low heat, add the ingredients for the Sweet & Sour sauce and whisk constantly and allow to simmer for 7 minutes until sauce has slightly thickened to your desired consistency. Add the pineapple chunks, onions, fried carrots and bell peppers into the sauce for 2 to 3 minutes, lid covered. Season with salt and pepper and combine.

4. Stove off and garnish on top with spring onions and parsley. Serve with rice or bread and green chili & lemon paste.


Mauritius Fish Vindaye 

A classic dish in Mauritius island, often served into baguettes for beach outings with family. THE EASIEST AND TASTIEST RECIPE TO HAVE FOR YOUR BEACH TRIP!  Ofcourse you can also cook this dish anytime your heart desire for a quick easy lunch or dinner at home as well.

You can ofcourse use any fish you prefer, needless to add that in Mauritius this recipe is done with Tuna or Mahi-Mahi (Dorado) fish. I always use Mahi-Mahi (Dorado) fish because the flesh is soft and more delicious, however Tuna fish goes perfectly as well. 

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Servings: 5-6
Ingredients to marinade the fish:

  • 600g of Tuna or Mahi-Mahi (Dorado) fish, cut into really small chunks
  • 2 tbsp Garlic and Ginger paste
  • Salt and Pepper

Ingredients for the Vindaye curry:

  • 1/2 tbsp Mustard seeds, crushed into paste
  • 3 tbsp of Vindaye Spices (I have used Steward Lazzat brand)
  • 2 tbsp  Turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp of Garlic paste
  • 2 to 3 green Chillies, cut into half, seeded and soaked into 1/4 cup of vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp of chilli flakes
  • 3 to 4 medium Onions, cut into huge half-moon chunks
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • Vegetable oil


1. Marinade the fish with the ingredients to marinade the fish. Allow to rest for a few minutes. Deep fry the fish chunks into vegetable oil until golden brown and fully cooked onto medium heat.  

2. In a bowl, mix mustard seeds paste, vindaye spices, turmeric powder, garlic paste, chilli flakes, 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of water. Mix together. 

3.  In a large pan, heat vegetable oil. Pour the paste and cook for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add the cooked fish chunks, cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. The onions and green chillies go in for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, lid covered on. The onions should not be fully cooked, you should still feel its crunchiness while eating. 

4.  Stove off and serve with rice or baguettes. 

Bouillon Chinoise Meefoon (Chinese Soup with rice vermicelli)

Cooler days call for warming soup and with this winter, we need a soup packed with great ingredients and flavors.  In Mauritius, Chinese soups are often accompanied with plenty of ingredients, now I know there are various types of chinese soups.

This recipe is simply my version of cooking a fabulous bowl of Mauritius Chinese Soup with rice vermicelli (Meefoon). I know chinese soups often involve Chicken carcass but I have chosen to skip that part, but you can substitute with chicken stock as well.  When I head into any Chinese restaurants, the soup is a must as a starter, filled in a small bowl. At home and in many other Mauritius cuisines, this recipe has a great accompaniment and that amazing accompaniment is Mauritius Tomato and Chilli Chutney “Chatini Pomme d’amour“. Pour 2 to 3 spoons of that chutney into the Chinese Soup and the taste goes beyond heaven 🙂


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Servings: 10


  • 1 packet of Meefoon (Rice Vermicelli), soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • 2 large steamed Teokon/Tofu, cut into pieces of cubes.
  • 15-20 pieces of Fish balls, soaked in water 30 minutes prior to cooking preparations
  • 2 bunch of bredes Tompouce (Pak-Choy leaves and stem), washed and soaked into water
  • 2 small can of Corn (425 grams), cut into your desired shapes
  • 10 pieces of whole chinese black Mushrooms Shiitake, soaked in water overnight and cut into slices
  • 15 pieces of black cloud ear Mushrooms (optional), soaked in water overnight or 4 hours prior to cooking preparations
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 tbsp of oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp of fish sauce
  • 1  tsp of mushrooms flavoured soy sauce
  • 1 tsp of soy sauce
  • 2 Maggi cubes
  • 3 litres of water (Optional – you can also use Chicken Stock instead of water)
  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil (Quantity based as per your preferences)
  • Salt and pepper


1. In a small bowl, mix all the sauces with 5cl of water and 1 tsp of grated garlic. Allow to rest.

2. Preheat a bottomed pot with vegetable oil and add 1 tsp of grated garlic on medium heat. Once the garlic starts sizzling, add the black mushrooms siitake and mix well for 2 minutes simply to add flavor to the mushrooms.

3. After 2 minutes, remove the mushrooms and add the remaining grated garlic, 3 litres of water or (chicken stock if you are not using water) alongside the soaked meefoon (rice vermicelli) and black cloud ear mushrooms. Pour the mixed sauces and cook for 5 minutes, lid half covered.

4. Add the fish balls and corns. Cook for another 3 minutes.

5. The bredes tompouce (pak-choy leaves and stem) and steamed Teokon/Tofu pieces go into the pot 2 minutes before the soup is fully cooked. Season with salt and pepper (quantity based as per your preferences). Stove off and crack-open each eggs one by one into the hot water soup then cover the lid.

Mauritius Bouillon Poisson (Fish Stew) with bredes mouroum (moringa leaves)

Mauritius Bouillon Poisson (Fish Stew), the preferred traditional seafood dish in our little tropical island. Always accompanied with rice and chatini coco (coconut chutney). Cooked in so many kitchens in Mauritius 🙂 The nostalgic moment of fishing fresh fishes from the beach with the family returns back when the smell of that delicious bouillon (stew) is spread in the kitchen.

The best medicine in a bowl. Bredes Mouroum (Moringa leaves) have many health benefits, they can cure and prevent diseases such as diabetes, heart diseases, anemia, digestive disorders, skin, respiratory and many more diseases.

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Servings: 7


  • 6-7 small whole parrot fishes
  • Bunch of bredes mouroum (Moringa leaves)
  • 1.5 Litre – 2 Litre of water
  • Parsley leaves
  • 1 tsp of vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp of lime juice
  • 1 cup flour


  • 6-8 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 2 large onions, cut into chunks
  • 4 tomatoes, cut into chunks
  • 4 large tbsp can tomato puree
  • 1 branch curry leaves (15 curry leaves)
  • 1 small bunch coriander leaves



For the fishes:

  1. Mix into a bowl the vinegar, lime juice and cinnamon powder, add the fishes into the mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In another bowl, coat into flour the fishes. Shake off any excess.
  3. Meanwhile in a frying pan, add vegetable oil and fry the fishes for around 8-10 minutes until golden brown in color.

For the spices:

  1. Blend all the ingredients into the list of spices.
  2. In a large bottomed pot, preheat 1 tbsp of vegetable oil and pour the blended spices into the pot. Let it cook on medium low- heat for 4 minutes, lid uncovered.
  3. Pour the water into the pot, combine well with the spices. Allow them to simmer for another 8 – 10 minutes, lid covered on.
  4. Add the cooked fishes into the pot and cover the lid for 5 minutes.
  5. The bredes mouroum or moringa leaves go in for 1 -2 minutes. Stove off.
  6. Garnish on top with parsley leaves. You can serve with rice and Mauritius Chatini coco (Coconut Chutney).

Yoghurt Mint Sauce with lemon zest

Bonjour Foodies,

A so easy recipe, can be served as a healthy sauce with so many dishes, such as roasted chicken, salmon and many more. In the little island Mauritius here, this sauce is accompanied with Mauritian Chicken Briani 🙂 If you have a stomach burns due to too much spices like me, then this sauce is best in reducing those risks since it contain dairy product Yoghurt. Plus lemon being a good fruit aids digestion and removes toxins. Mint helps digestion and aids stomach pains as well.

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  • 1 Yoghurt (I use Yoplait sans sucre – Yoplait without sugar)
  • 15 fresh Mint leaves, crushed into a paste
  • 1/2 tsp of lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp of sugar
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Blend everything together into a mixer. Season with salt and pepper to your desired taste.

Fried Coconut Fish with spices

Note: Don’t worry the fishes are not burnt, its just the cooked spices on the fishes which turns into this colour after deep fried because the fishes were highly covered with the spices

“Dip into the Indian Ocean cuisine”, if you live on a little island like me then you will absolutely be used to eating seafoods. This one is my favorite when it comes to fried fish because of being spiced up with coconut milk. Ever wondered why coconut palm trees grow on the coastal areas because they are the best companions to seafoods.

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Servings: 3

  • 3 pieces of Parrot fish (you can use any fish you like)
  • 3 tbsp of coconut milk
  • 1 /2 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp of coriander powder
  • 1 tsp of garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp of ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp of onion paste
  • 1/2 tsp of lime juice
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper


1) Mix the coconut milk, turmeric and coriander powder, garlic, ginger and onion paste, salt and pepper together in a bowl, let the mixture rest for 1 minute. Meanwhile in another bowl, season the fishes with lime juice, salt and pepper.

2) Add the fishes into the marinade and combine well together. Allow the fishes to rest for 30 minutes.

3) In a deep pan, preheat the vegetable oil and deep fry the fishes for 6-7 minutes on both sides.

Sprinkle on top some coriander leaves and lemon wedges.

Salmon with Summer Mango and Pineapple Salsa

Hello lovely foodies,

Summer is almost here, though I don’t like summer but I do love all the tropical fruits which flourishes during that season. In our small little tropical Island, you get the chance to enjoy those sweet mouth-watering ripe mangoes and pineapples, their colors are also just amazing and appealing

Salmon goes perfectly well with these tropical fruits if refrigerate well. Let me take you to the simple ingredients you will need to make your summer sweeter and refreshing

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Servings: 4-5                                                                                                                                           


For the Salmon:

4-5 Salmon Fillets
½ tsp of Paprika
2 tsp of Lemon juice
Salt and Pepper for seasoning
Olive oil

For the Fruit Salsa:

1 Pineapple, diced
2 ripe Mangoes, diced
1/2 Onion, finely chopped
½ tsp of Lemon juice
Parsley leaves (Quantity as per your preference)
Salt and Pepper for seasoning


1. For the fruit salsa, mix all the ingredients stated and combine well. Refrigerate for 1 hour
2. For the Salmon, combine all the ingredients stated, let it rest for 10 minutes


3. Meanwhile, preheat a non-stick pan with olive oil, once sizzling add the Salmon fillets and cook for 8 minutes on each side on medium heat.

Voila Salmon fish is done, serve with the Mango and Pineapple salsa. Normally you can accompany this dish with some plain cooked rice or bread, I have served mine with just the Salmon and the fruit salsa to cut down on the carbs haha and I have diced some unseasoned fresh ripe mango alongside my salsa to have more natural sweetness

I hope you have loved this simple-easy recipe. Make your summer more light & relishful with the summer fruits and fish.