This is the same steamed fish you always get to taste when attending wedding Chinese banquet dinner. Some called it Hong Kong Style, whilst others called this steamed in light soy sauce… There were even more names in Chinese menus.. Whatever name to be called as desired, I knew this would be so well liked by anyone, both the adults and children. :)
Why steamed fish for festival?
Sure thing, this is a festive dish. That must be the reason why this was seen so often in the Chinese festive occasions. Of course, you wouldn’t omit those auspicious garnishing and sides in the plate, too.. Let me explain.
Instead of the usual dipping sauce of chili Padi in light soy sauce, I think this special mixed sauce goes even better with the grilled or pan fried fish.
Less salty with a tinge of sweetness, it gives the barely seasoned fish meat a full flavor by just dipping it into this refreshing sweet spicy sauce. Yes, you do not need to add extra seasoning to marinate the fish to make your grilled fish meal a delicious hit. With the dipping sauce.
Dipping sauce specially made for grilled or pan fried fish dish. At home or for your barbecue party
3-4 chili Padi (Bird Eyes Chili), cut
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of Thai fish sauce
1 teaspoon f lime juice (freshly squeezed from 1 small lime)
1 teaspoon of sugar Pinch of Italian herbs
3-4 whole small fishes (Kampong fish or Yellowtail Scad)
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons of oil
Make 2-3 slits on both sides of the fish.
Heat frying pan with oil over medium-low Fire.
Grill fish until both sides are browned.
Mix all ingredients (A) in a saucer/ small bowl.
Stir and grin sugar until dissolve.
Serve with grilled fish.
Tips: Adjust amount of sugar for more or less, as desired taste.
* It's ok if you do not have Italian herbs at home, add chopped parsley instead. I preferred Italian herbs as it dedicates a more comprehensive flavour to my sauce. :)
“Prawns in simple & quick cooking tonic Dong Quai soup, cook this during rainy or cold night, hearty and healthy.”
Dong Quai (“Dang Gui“, in Mandarin), or its Medical name, Angelica Sinensis, has a unique pleasant sweet taste. This Chinese herb is also known as female ginseng. However, it could be taking by the whole family of all ages.
500g of medium sized whole prawns, trimmed
5-6 thin slices of Dong Quai (当归片)
1 tablespoon of Hua Diao rice wine
1 teaspoon of wolfberries
1 thick slice of ginger, peeled
Pinch of garlic salt
Pinch of brown sugar
“Cook whatever you like even the famous local delicacies you have been enjoying only dining out!”
Everyone was craving for 鱼头炉 (“Yu Tou Lu” popular local Chinese soup dish, fish head pot), but we weren’t out to our favorite stalls for this, wasn’t feeling too well to go out for dinner after work.
Not to feel disappointed, I was happy to cook it at home. Taste was 80% alike outside stalls, as my soup wasn’t as ‘sweet’ as those since no msg added, but homemade pot had the most abundance of ingredients. That’s we called homemade…
Not many people like mussel, but this shellfish is very nutritious and low in calorie, in fact.
I liked my mussels to be stirred fried with strong chili and spices usually, but this time, I cooked it light in stew. More on a western style, but I considered it a fusion dish instead. I had it with chili Padi as well. Ha.
Anyway, this recipe yields light soupy dish. The overall flavor was subtle that you almost taste the natural flavor of the mussel flesh as though it’s steamed. So, you should eat the mussel together with its flavorful red wine soup sauce.