Thursday, November 21, 2013

Deep-fried Fish with Sweet and Sour Sauce

Lobster with Ginger and Scallions

1 red snapper or gray mullet, about 21⁄4 to
21⁄2 pounds (1 to 1.15 kilograms), cleaned
with head left on peanut or corn oil for deep-frying
1 egg yolk
about 3 tablespoons cornstarch
For the marinade:
1 inch (2.5 centimeters) fresh ginger
root, peeled and chopped fine
1 teaspoon Shaohsing wine or
medium-dry sherry
1 teaspoon salt
For the sweet and sour sauce:
3 dried Chinese mushrooms, reconstituted
(see page 33)
2 ounces (55 grams) small peas
2 teaspoons potato flour, dissolved in
2 tablespoons water
4 tablespoons rice or wine vinegar
4 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons tomato ketchup
1 teaspoon salt
11⁄2 teaspoons thick soy sauce
2 teaspoons Shaohsing wine or medium-dry sherry
1 cup water
4 tablespoons peanut or corn oil
1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped fine
1 small onion or 3 shallots, skinned and diced
2 ounces (55 grams) canned bamboo
shoots, diced
Serves 6 with 3 other dishes
A sweet and sour sauce goes especially well with deep-fried food, not just
because it whets one’s appetite but, more important, because it counteracts
any trace of grease. Such is, indeed, the case with fish. There are regional
variations and personal preferences, but mainly a sweet and sour sauce is
a mixture of vinegar and sugar, balanced by salt, and made more interesting
by the addition of other condiments. Try this one, and then concoct your own.
If the wok in which the fish will be deep-fried is large enough (14 inches [35
centimeters] or more) leave the fish whole; otherwise, cut it in half. Make 2 or 3
diagonal slashes across the thickest part of both sides of the fish, taking care not
to go right to the edges.
Prepare the marinade: Squeeze the ginger in a garlic press with 2 drops
of water and mix the juice with the wine or sherry and salt. Rub both sides of
the fish, including the crevices and the cavity, with the mixture. Let marinate
for about 15 to 30 minutes. Discard any excess liquid.
Prepare the sweet and sour sauce: Drain and squeeze out excess
water from the mushrooms but leave damp. Cut into small cubes. Cook the
peas in boiling water for 2 minutes, drain. Mix together the dissolved potato
flour, vinegar, sugar, ketchup, salt, soy sauce, wine or sherry and water. Heat
a wok (if you have a second small one), or a saucepan, over high heat until
smoke rises. Add 3 tablespoons of the oil and swirl it around. Add the garlic,
then the onion or shallots and fry for about 1 minute, stirring. Add the
mushrooms, peas and bamboo shoots. Stir the sauce mixture once more to
blend, then pour into the wok or saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously
as it thickens. Set aside.
Half fill a wok or deep fryer with oil. Heat to a temperature of 375°F (190°C),
or until a cube of stale bread browns in 50 seconds.
While the oil is heating, brush the egg yolk over both sides of the fish, then
sift the cornstarch over it, smoothing it for evenness.
Lower the fish into the oil and deep-fry for about 7 or 8 minutes, or until
the skin is crisp. Turn over carefully and deep-fry the other side for about the
same time.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting the recipe. Most of the seafood lovers like to eat fish more. As fish is very delicious item and it is also useful to our health especially for heart patients.
    It contains low calories and eating fish once or twice in a week is a brain food for humans.
    Eating fish more can be benefited form cardiovascular disease.Fishcontains omega-3 fatty acid,which is very useful to our health and also a life long diet content.


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