Sweet and Sour Fish

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Sweet and sour fish is a popular choice among adults and children alike for the delicious distinctive flavours of sweetness and sourness in its gravy. Besides, the vibrant colours of the vegetables and gravy add to the attractiveness of the dish.

Preparation 20 mins
Cooking 30 mins

Side

糖醋鱼

Malaysian, Singaporean, Cantonese, Thai


Ingredients

Servings:  
1 fish
1 tbsp shaoxing wine
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
600 ml oil
corn flour
1 garlic clove(s)
1⁄2 cm ginger
2 shallot(s)
1 chilli peppers (fresh)
3⁄4 capsicum(s)
1 carrot(s)
230 ml water
4 tbsp tomato sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 1⁄2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp vinegar

Nutrition per Serving

1338 kcal
17 g
139 g
10 g

Journal Snaps

Wasn't too brave enough to try cooking this with the whole fish, so I used a combination of cod and snapper fillets. Maybe next time I'll try cooking with the whole fish :)
Yummy. ;)))) loving it~

Background

Sweet and sour fish may not be a typical Chinese New Year dish but we cannot deny that this dish is a popular selection during Chinese New Year gatherings. During most Chinese New Year dinners, having a whole fish as one of the dishes is crucially important as it positively represents surplus. Besides, fish is known as 'yu' in the Chinese language which sounds very similar to 'surplus' in Chinese. Therefore, having a whole fish during the festive season symbolizes 'completeness' from the beginning to the end of the year.

The gravy has a great balance of sweet and sour factors with a tinge of spiciness to tantalize the taste buds. As the fish is fried, the crispiness of the skin coated with the saucy gravy makes every mouthful a delight. Of course, baking the fish would be a healthier option as it uses less oil. If you wish, you may even add fresh tomatoes to this dish.

To some cultures, using the whole fish might be a little too uncomfortable. Therefore, feel free to use some fish fillets instead. It will taste just as delicious. Enjoy it with steaming white rice.


Steps to Prepare

Sweet and Sour Fish Step 1

Step 1 of 4

    • 1 fish
    • 1 tbsp shaoxing wine
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp pepper

Score fish on both sides. Marinate fish with salt, pepper and shaoxing wine for 15 minutes.

Sweet and Sour Fish Step 2

Step 2 of 4

    • 600 ml oil
    • corn flour

Heat oil in wok at high heat. Coat fish with corn flour. Fry fish in hot oil initially. Then, lower heat to medium. Carefully, fry the fish on both sides until golden brown.

Sweet and Sour Fish Step 3

Step 3 of 4

    • 1 garlic clove(s)
    • 1⁄2 cm ginger
    • 2 shallot(s)
    • 1 chilli peppers (fresh)
    • 3⁄4 capsicum(s)
    • 1 carrot(s)

To prepare sweet and sour gravy, sauté minced garlic and ginger in a wok until fragrant. Add shallots and red chillies slices followed by capsicums and carrots.

Sweet and Sour Fish Step 4

Step 4 of 4

    • 230 ml water
    • 4 tbsp tomato sauce
    • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
    • 1 1⁄2 tbsp sugar
    • 2 tbsp vinegar

Add water along with tomato sauce, oyster sauce, sugar and vinegar. Allow vegetables to cook to desired softness. Pour gravy onto fried fish and serve with steamed white rice.

Published: January 12, 2017


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