I love using Malaysian made taucheo. They are more fragrant, flavorful and not as salty as those imported from other place. Somehow, I'm quite particular. Am I too used to the taste? Or I had a cursed tongue? No. Probably I just love the taste. Haha..
I'm having problem here. I actually don't know what is the Chinese name of Red Snapper. Until I asked around, then I came to realized that the scientific name of Red Snapper is 红鲷, and fellow Hokkiens called Red Snapper as 红鸡. Now I learnt new words :)
I'm lucky. I've got myself two slice of nice and fresh Red Snapper fillet at the Supermart. So, I'm gonna steam it! FYI, incase you are buying at the wet market, market price for Red Snapper is about S$20 to S$22/kg. So, don't get cheated by fish monger! :)
- 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)
- 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
- Fried Shallot
- Spring Onions
- Coriander Leaves
- Clean fish, pat dry. Rub salt on the fish, and then pat some corn flour on it.
- Place some ginger on a steaming dish, place fish on top.
- Apply fermented bean paste on top of the fish. Just like spreading peanut butter on your bread, generously. Sprinkle sugar on top.
- Bring water in the steamer to a boil and steam fish over high heat for 7 minutes.
- While the fish is steaming half way, heat shallot oil and soy sauce in a pot and bring to a boil.
- Remove fish from the steamer, pour away excess steaming liquid.
- Drizzle hot shallot oil and soy sauce mixture over. Garnish and serve!
You must be wondering why I rub some corn flour on the fish before I steam it. Very simple. I'm steaming fish fillet here. The logic is to "lock" the juices from the fish meat. If you are steaming whole fish, you may skip this part.
These two slices of fillet is from big fish, and it has big bones. Difficult to cook, especially at the bone side. So, I steam it for 7 minutes. But please please please always bear in mind. When I mentioned the steaming time, I do expect the fish is in room temperature. If your fish is cold and right out of the fridge, please increase the steaming time.
This explained that my steamed fish has no strict rule on how this dish supposed to looks like, nor it looks neat. This is a home-cooked dish. The messier it is, the more home-cooked it looks like! Agree?
I hope you like it!
Do visit my other steamed fish recipes too :)