Asam Pedas is one of the traditional Minangkabau and Malay cuisine that has a sour and spicy taste. This cuisine uses various types of fish and seafood such as tuna, snapper, mackerel fish, carp, and squid as a main ingredient which is then flavored with tamarind, chili, and other spices.
Asam Pedas dish is known widely in Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula. Asam Pedas dishes can be found easily all over Padang Restaurant in Indonesia, they have become typical dishes of Malay society and Aceh. However the spices used differently according to their respective areas.
In Aceh, Asam Pedas is very rarely use a vegetable, but combined with tuna called Asam Keueng. While in Riau, Asam Pedas has become the part of the art of cooking of Malay society which is usually combined with catfish, fish baung, and fish slice. In Riau, Asam Pedas more often combined with snapper.