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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Nyonya Style Steamed Fish Recipe | Easy Asian Cooking

Homecook Nyonya Style Steamed Fish

Cooking Nyonya dishes is labor-extensive, involves delicate preparation and requires mingling of a variety of spices which is pounded into a very specific texture. It is a perfect amalgamation of spices used by the Malay or Indonesian community such as pungent roots, aromatic leaves and sometimes together with candlenuts, shallots, shrimps paste, chilies, tamarind juice and coconut milk. But it all well-worth the effort as the finished dish proved. Nyonya style steamed seabass transformed into delectable melt-in-your-mouth morsels, smothered in the bath of sourish, spicy and tangy spices. The subtle selection of ingredients give it a wow factor that make you want to savor every mouthful.

If you're looking for easy delightful Chinese-Malay fusion to satisfy your spicy and sour cravings, you might want to try the recipe below.

娘惹式蒸鱼食谱

Ingredients :
1 seabass (siakap in Malay)(about 700g), cleaned
2 tbsp onion, shredded
2 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped

Spices :
2 stalks lemongrass, chopped finely
3 tbsp ginger flower, chopped (bunga kantan in Malay)
1 tbsp bird's eye chillies (cili padi in Malay)
4 tbsp squeezed lime juice


Nyonya Style Steamed Fish Ingredients and Spices Preparation
Seasoning :
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp fish sauce
dash of pepper

Method :

1. Combine all the spices and seasoning, pour over the cleaned seabass.

2. Steam at high heat in a wok with boiling water for 10-12 minutes until the fish is cooked. Then remove the fish from wok.


3. Sprinkle shredded onion and coriander leaves on top of the steamed fish and serve hot with fluffy rice.

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