Steamed Fish with Fermented Bean Paste

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I found this recipe randomly and decided to try it out. It tastes great! I used half a fish instead of fish fillet like the author, but it turned out fantastic.

My very humble attempt sans garnishing.

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of Red Snapper Fish Fillet (mine is 380gm in total)
  • 1 tsp Salt, to rub on the fish
  • 1 tbsp Corn Flour / Tapioca Flour, to rub on the fish (optional)

Condiment

  • 75g Fermented Bean Paste, a.k.a 豆瓣酱 / 豆酱 “Tao-Cheo
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • Ginger, julienned
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Hot Shallot Oil 

Garnishing

  • Fried Shallot
  • Spring Onions
  • Coriander Leaves


Method

  1. Clean fish, pat dry. Rub salt on the fish, and then pat some corn flour on it.
  2. Place some ginger on a steaming dish, place fish on top. 
  3. Apply fermented bean paste on top of the fish. Just like spreading peanut butter on your bread, generously. Sprinkle sugar on top.
  4. Bring water in the steamer to a boil and steam fish over high heat for 7 minutes. 
  5. While the fish is steaming half way, heat shallot oil and soy sauce in a pot and bring to a boil.
  6. Remove fish from the steamer, pour away excess steaming liquid.
  7. Drizzle hot shallot oil and soy sauce mixture over. Garnish and serve!
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