Have you ever wondered why fish dishes are mostly cooked and served whole (head and tail intact) in Chinese restaurants? It is a symbolic significance of good luck and abundance. These days, you can find an abundance of fried and steam fish recipes online to enjoy restaurant-style fish in the comfort of your own home! Steaming is a common cooking method in Chinese cuisine due to its many benefits; it helps to retain the nutritional value of food and lowers our cholesterol intake because it does not require much oil yet preserve the freshness of the meat. There are so many ways to steam fish. If you prefer something light, the Cantonese steam fish is lightly drizzled with soy sauce and garnished with scallions and ginger, which lets you fully savour the fish's unique silky texture and freshness. If you prefer something flavourful, the Teochew-style steam fish is a flavorful dish that combines sour and savoury — guaranteeing whet any appetite!
This steam fish dish calls for a whole snapper, and side ingredients such as silken tofu, shiitake mushrooms, tomatoes, salted plums and pickled mustard. To make the gravy, you'll need soy sauce and sesame oil and MAGGI® CukupRasa™. Firstly, clean the fish and make several cuts. Marinate it with a teaspoon of MAGGI® CukupRasa™ and let it sit for 1 to 2 hours. Next, prepare the gravy and arrange the fish together with other ingredients on a deep, huge plate. Scatter ingredients such as tomatoes, mushroom, pickled mustard and salted plums around and over the fish so that every morsel of the fish will be seasoned perfectly. Then, steam the fish on high heat until cooked. Lastly, drizzle over two teaspoons of garlic oil and garnish with spring onion, coriander and chilli — ready to serve with fragrant white rice for a traditional, comforting meal!
Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are incredibly important for your body and brain, making it one of the most nutritious foods. From sushi to fish and chips, fish is savoured and enjoyed by people all over the world. Discover a variety of ways to cook fish at MAGGI® recipes, we have simple recipes for ginger fried fish, Portuguese style grilled fish or grouper steam fish that'll be your family's new dinner favourites!