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Arsik Ikan Mas 2.jpg
Carp arsik
CourseMain course
Place of originIndonesia
Region or stateNorth Sumatra
Serving temperatureHot or room temperature
Main ingredientsFish in spices

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 of North Tapanuli and Samosir, hence this dish is regarded as specifically of the Batak Toba and Mandailing people, who dwell in these areas.[2]

Other variations[edit]

Besides gold fish or carp, saltwater fish such as rastrelliger (kembung) and snappers can also be used as arsik. Meat variant of arsik also exists, with pork as the commonly cooked meat.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Arsik Recipe (Spiced Carp with Torch Ginger and Andaliman – Mandailing Style)". Indonesia Eats. 12 July 2012.
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