Monday, 1 April 2013

Recipe - Steam Sea Bass With Salted Soya Bean Paste

Wild sea bass lives in coastal waters and they feed on smaller fish and planktons. Nowadays, the sea bass available in the market and supermarket are from fish farms. The sea bass is cultivated in many countries, including Singapore.

Sea bass provides high quality protein, vitamins A and B and a generous amount of phosphorus, potassium, and calcium that will nourish the body. Sea bass also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which help to prevent heart disease and lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

To obtain these health benefits, the best way is to steam the fish. A variety of condiments, spices and seasoning can be used to give the fish different tastes, different flavours and add goodness to the meal.

In this recipe, the sea bass is flavoured with salted soya bean paste. Cut tomatoes are added to give the dish a tangy taste. Hot ginger and oil is spooned over the fish after steaming to add extra flavour.

I bought the fish from the supermarket and ask them to fillet for me. The fish was very fresh, without any sea smell. In any case, to get rid of any sea smell, just gently rub a bit of salt over the fish and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with tap water and that will get rid of any sea smell.

1 sea bass, about 800 grams,
sea bass before steaming
Half a tomato, sliced                
A few slices of ginger
1 spring onion, chopped, for garnishing
1 tsp of salted soya bean paste

Oil for topping
1 tbs of oil
A few pieces of ginger, julienne


Lightly rub the salted soya bean paste over the fish
On a steaming plate, lay the fish, add tomato, ginger and spring onion

Steam in a wok on medium heat for about 8 minutes

After the fish is steamed, discard the liquid on the steaming plate
Place chopped tomato and spring onion over the fish

Heat the oil and ginger in a wok till the ginger is crispy.
Spoon the hot oil and ginger over the fish
Serve and enjoy.

This is a nice video showing how to prepare steam fish with plum sauce.
It comes in 2 parts, each about 11 minutes. Worth watching.

Part 1

Part 2

A 7 minute video in mandarin on steaming fish. The fish is rubbed with a pinch of salt and corn flour.  Condiments used :
Blend 1 thumb ginger (60 gram), 10 pcs garlic, 2 stalks spring onion and 4 chilli padis.
The blend ingredients are mixed with 1 tbs oyster sauce, 1 tbs garlic oil, 2 tbs soy sauce, 1 tsp sesame oil, 1 tbs rice wine

Another video on how to steam the sea bass.

Steam sea bass with herbs

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