潮州蒸白鲳 Teochew Steamed White Pomfret

teochew steamed fish

Ingredients:
1 medium white Pomfret
1 leaf of salted vegetable, washed, steeped (for about 1 hour), and thinly sliced
1 cube of bean curd aka tofu, cut into smaller pieces
1 - 2 small red tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 preserved whole plum, lightly mashed
2 slice of ginger, cut into strips
3 - 5 tablespoons of water (if more soup in the dish is preferred)
1 tablespoon of Hua Diao Rice Wine (Chinese translation: 花雕酒)
1 tablespoon of white sesame oil
1 tablespoon of grounded white pepper
Sprinkle of salt

Optional
1 fresh red chili, thinly sliced

Methods:
01.Wash and clean fish, place in a large metal or porcelain dish.
02. Season with sesame oil, (very little) salt, white pepper and Hua Diao Rice Wine.
03. Put in some water from the side. Then, place ginger strips, tofu cubes, salted vegetable strips, tomatoes, preserved plum, and lastly, cut chili, on top and the side of the fish.
04. Place whole platter in the top portion of electric steamer, or in a wok half filled with water (place platter on a steamer rack in the wok). Steam fish for 25 - 30 minutes, or until fish meat turns white and tender. Serves hot with rice.

Tips: To test if the fish is cooked, use a fork to poke through the fish meat, if the fork is able to poke through easily, it means cooked.
* Try NOT to place the side ingredients too much and right at the centre and on top of the fish while steaming to prevent uncooked fish meat. The side ingredients on top might be too cooked, but the fish meat covered underneath might be difficult to get cooked. So, spread the ingredients slightly at the side.
* You may also like to skip the salt if the salted vegetable is salty enough to taste. Sprinkle a little bit of sugar instead

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