Over these years, I have never picked up the habit of eating fish despite the fact that my dad used to work in the fish market, and the well known fact that fish is a healthier meat choice due to its high level of Omega-3. Fish is always the last choice on my marketing list and I even try to avoid the seafood section in supermarkets because of all that fishy smell.
Also, Chinese believes eating more fish, especially the fish’s eyes can aid better eye sight. Maybe that’s the reason why I’m the only person in the family that has Myopia? All my sisters and parents are of PERFECT eye-sight. My dad has always chided me for not eating enough fish, so he trys to slip in some fish steaks every now and then into the fridge and ask me to cook it before it spoils.
Last Sunday, this typical episode happened again. And perhaps I had run out of ideas for lunch with Dizzy, so I decided to look up some recipes to cook the fish steaks before it rots and I get a scolding again.
The outcome was prettty unexpected! The execution of this dish had surprisingly drowned the fishy smell that I disliked and added a tangy, spicy taste to it. Be prepared to whop down a few more bowls of rice, as the sauce can really whet your appetite!
Hot and Sour Fish Steak (Yields 2)
Fresh water fish steak – 600grams
Salt – 2 tbsp
Tomato – 1, sliced into wedges
Chopped garlic – 1 tbsp
Chopped ginger – 1 tbsp
Sliced red chilli – 2 piece
Oil – 5 tbsp
Water – 200ml
Chopped green chives – 2 tbsp (optional)
Light soy sauce – 1 tbsp
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Sugar – 1 tbsp
Tomato sauce – 2 tbsp
Chilli sauce – 2 tbsp
White rice vinegar – 3 tbsp
Corn flour – 1 tsp, mixed with 2 tbsp of water and stirred well, for thickening
1. Rub fish steaks with salt on all sides and let it rest for 15 mins. After this, wash the steaks under water and pat dry. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in wok and add the steaks when the oil is hot. Pan fry each side for around 2-3 mins, or until golden brown. Remove from pan and get rid of excess oil. Reserve 1 tbsp.
3. Heat up the oil, saute garlic and ginger until fragrant. Add in red chilli, tomato, water and seasoning and bring to boil.
4. Thicken with corn flour water and mix well. Pour over the fish steaks and add green chives as garnish (Optional)
5. Serve immediately!