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Sweet and Sour Fish

Seafood
Category
Seafood

Normal
Difficulty
Normal

Total Time
Total Time
Prep 20 M / Cook 30 M

Servings
Yield
4 Servings

Grace Teo
Grace Teo   thegraceteo
Published on January 12, 2017

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Ingredients

1
fish
1 tbsp
shaoxing wine  
1 tsp
salt
1 tsp
pepper
600 ml
oil
corn flour
1
garlic clove(s)
0.5 cm
ginger
2
shallot(s)  
1
chilli peppers (fresh)
0.75
capsicum(s)
1
carrot(s)
230 ml
water
4 tbsp
tomato sauce
1 tbsp
oyster sauce
1.5 tbsp
sugar
2 tbsp
vinegar

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. In most Chinese New Year dinners, having a whole fish as one of the dishes is crucially important as it positively represents surplus for the new year.

In the Chinese language, fish is known as “yu” and it sounds very similar to the word “surplus” in the Chinese language. Meanwhile, using the whole fish symbolizes “completeness” from the beginning till 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.

Sweet and Sour Fish is also known as: 糖醋鱼

Steps

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Step 1/4

  • 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.

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Step 2/4

  • 600 ml oil
  • corn flour

Heat wok at high heat and pour oil. 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.

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Step 3/4

  • 1 garlic clove(s)
  • 0.5 cm ginger
  • 2 shallot(s)  
  • 1 chilli peppers (fresh)
  • 0.75 capsicum(s)
  • 1 carrot(s)

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

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Step 4/4

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

Pour in water along with the 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.

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