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Wednesday, 3 April 2013


Hi everyone....another post that's been pending for sometime now....Wanted to steam siakap / seabass fish....I wanted to try a new recipe this time...something simple and fast....I remember the taste of a steam fish sauce which was a little sour and spicy which I had in one of our favorite restaurant....I browsed and found many recipes....i picked a few key ingredients and modified the rest to suit my taste....the fish tasted fishy smell at all and the sauce though it had a pale color but the taste was so freshing and good!! worth trying....


Ingredients :-
1 - whole siakap/seabass fish ~ cleaned &  cut open
1 - lime ~ squeeze out the juice
2 tsp - tamarind paste
8-10 birds eye chilly/cili padi - slit into half
1 - small bunch cilantro - chopped
1 - lemongrass - crushed
2 tbsp - fish sauce
1 tbsp - chopped red onion
1/2 tbsp - chopped garlic
2 tbsp - oyster sauce
1 tbsp - corn flour
water as needed
4 tbsp - light soy sauce 
sugar to taste

Method :-
  1. Pat dry the fish using kitchen towel.
  2. Rub in and out with oyster sauce and corn flour. Leave aside.
  3. In a deep bowl add in about 1/2 cup of water, chopped garlic, chopped red onion, fish sauce, lime juice, tamarind paste, light soy sauce, birds eye chilly  and sugar. Mix well and set aside.
  4. Place the steamer pot on the stove and bring the water to boil.
  5. Place the crushed lemongrass on a plate and top it up with the fish. 
  6. Place the plate with the fish into the steamer and steam on high heat for about 5 mins max. 
  7. Remove the plate from the steamer and discard and extra juices from the plate. 
  8. Pour over the sauce mix and place the plate back into the steamer. Steam for further 3 mins. 
  9. Remove the plate from steamer, add the chopped cilantro onto the fish and serve while hot!! It tasted sooo good!! 

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