This is the ever popular steamed fish found in every Chinese restaurant. The delicately steamed fish, usually whole, paired with soy sauce, ginger, scallion, and coriander leaves, is one not to be missed. Most white fish can be steamed, with popular choices include red snapper, pomfret, tilapia, marble goby, flounder, and sole. ♥
If you are hosting a dinner party, whole fish is always more impressive, though require more effort while digging in later on. For everyday meal, I prefer buying fillet, much easier to work with. When my Mom makes this dish, she would insist buying live fish! There is actually a reason behind choosing whole fish, namely the gelatin from the bones and skin yield a tastier dish, so definitely worth the effort if you are so inclined, but I am lazy and not that picky enough to insist on a whole fish, much less a live one. 😉
- 2 flounder fillet
- 1 small bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
- 2 scallions, julienned
- 2 inch ginger, julienned
- 2 tablespoon oil
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoon water
- ½ teaspoon oyster sauce
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- Place flounder fillet in a steamer proof plate and steam for 5 to 8 minutes until cooked.
- Carefully drain the liquid off the steaming plate and transfer the cooked fish to a nice serving plate. Topped the fish with chopped cilantro and ¼ to ⅓ of the scallions.
- Heat oil in a frying pan and sauté the rest of the scallion and ginger until fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour the sauce mixture to the pan and bring to a rolling boil. Once the scallions look wilted, turn off heat and spoon the sauce over the steamed fish. Serve immediately.