Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Sweet & Sour Tilapia

Sweet and sour is basically the easiest cooking style you can make. It is great with chicken, beef, seafood or even eggs.

I usually use tilapia since it's the only whole fish that I can find at the regular supermarket. For other kind of fish, I would have to go to the asian store.

Sweet & Sour Tilapia

1 whole tilapia (for easier frying, cut it into 2 pieces)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon turmeric
vege oil for deep frying

For the sauce:

2 shallots
1-2 garlic
1" ginger
1/2 medium onion (sliced abt 1/2cm thick)
1 red chili (sliced)
1 large tomato, quartered (I used 5-7 grape tomatoes)
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoon vege oil
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon flour for thickening (optional)
Salt and sugar to taste
Scallion (for garnishing)

1. Covered the fish with salt and turmeric and deep fry it. If you dont have a fryer, use a wok or deep pan. Once its brown, leave it aside.

2. Thinly sliced shallot,garlic and ginger or pound using mortar and pestle.

3. In a pan, heat the oil with medium heat and sauteed the shallot, garlic and ginger. (abt 1min)

4. Add the water, ketchup, salt and sugar. Turn the heat up to medium-high. Stir. (2min)

5. If the gravy looks diluted, mix the flour (or cornstarch) with a little bit of water and add to the gravy. Continue stirring.

6. Add the rest of the ingredients and taste.

7. You can either add the fish into the gravy or pour the gravy onto the fish on a plate. Garnish with the chopped scallion.

8. Served with a plate of warm white rice.


U.Lee said...

Hi there, can I come by for dinner? Wow! I took a peek at your dishes, Holy Smoke! You sure one gourmet cook.
Your beef briyani looks out of this world!
And oh ya, cream puffs are my weakness, next to fish head curry, ha ha.
Cannot pass a store selling cream puffs must do pit stop get a few, then have with my usual glass of ice coffee.
If you cook fish head curry, send me telegram, ha ha. UL.

Mochachocolata Rita said...

i love anything sweet and sour hehe...ideally with crispy deep fried items hhohoho

I Cook4Fun said...

PJ, Michael makan ke ikan tu. Kalau Carlos he won't eat fish with head and tail and also bones in :) :) By the way the fish dish look so appetizing.

Salt & Turmeric said...

U.Lee, thank u. if u wanna drive fr canada, sure can. ;) but i dont really like curry u kno.

Rita, me too! i can live on anything sweet n sour and kicap manis. lol.

Gert, no lah. i have to make sure the face of the fish is not facing him! lol.

Anonymous said...

That looks amazing! Yalah, kat sini pun susah nak cari ikan fresh, apatah lagi jenis yang sedap yang boleh buat gulai our style.

Salt & Turmeric said...

thanks Munira. Here in cali memang i lucky sbb fresh seafood are pretty easy and cheap. not as cheap as before the dollar dived down but still. lol. eh i tak tau buat gulai tau. nama aje orang johor kan? gotta ask my aunt how to make gulai.

elviza said...

Sis is that you?? I love this blog!

Salt & Turmeric said...

Hi elviza, yup. its me too. ;) thank u. thank u.

Anonymous said...

Why lah I have to come across this dish at 6 pm when I'm starving? :)). Looks so good. I'm going to try this dish, your Malay biryani and several others bila my crazy workload eases off some.
PS: This biryani joint in Bangsar..relatively baru ke? I tak pernah dengar about it when I was home many moons ago.Kat Bangsar Baru ke?


Salt & Turmeric said...

kl_gal, this dish is easy to make. just campak aje stuff dlm kuali/pan and goreng ikan tu. ;)

mahbub has been ard for a while. its across the road fr the bangsar mosque, next to bcb/cimb bank. a few min walk fr telawi.

PEARLY said...

wow well cool lovely I wish to share some too please .xxxx
have a lovely weekend got tag for u xxx

Dianne said...

duk kat kali dulu dyg bli kat supermaket ikan2 tu.tp msk style omputeh jer,kdg2 teringin gak mkn gitu,tp skrg dah blk cni,msk lah cara kite.keh keh

Salt & Turmeric said...

Thanks Pearly. ;)

Dayang, i pun kalau setakat tilapia, beli kat regular supermarket aje. yg lain memang kena gi asian store.