Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Steamed White Pomfret

steamed pomfretI love going to the asian supermarket. Maybe because I am asian. :P Finding stuff that I am familiar with and in the shape that I am accustomed to and with price tags that would not make me cry. True isn't it? Somehow the stuff sold at the asian supermarkets are cheaper and fresher (for veggies and seafood at least). I don't buy prawns/shrimps at the regular supermarkets where it would cost me maybe $5-$8/lb since I can get them for $4/lb at the asian supermarket. They also have a wider varieties of fish and would clean them for you which is the way I like it since for the life of me, I can not clean them myself.

Anyways, the last visit to the asian supermarket, I bought a few types of fish and usually would eat them for a whole straight week. Previously I posted Baked Trout with Vegetables so today I am going to post my Steamed White Pomfret recipe that I made a few weeks ago.

Steamed White Pomfret

1 whole white pomfret, cleaned (mine was about 1.5lb)
2-3in ginger, thinly julienne
4 shallot, thinly julienne
2 garlic, thinly sliced
2-3 thai chili, sliced (or 1/2 serrano chili)
1 red chili, sliced
Juice from 2 lime
1/3 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar

1. Make 2 slits on each side of the fish and set aside.

2. In a bowl, mix all the other ingredients well and taste. Add salt or sugar or lime juice to your liking.

3. Pour some of the juice into a pyrex bowl (or any bowl that you are using to steam the fish), lay the fish and pour the rest of the juice on the fish. Let it marinade in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight. I did mine overnight.

4. Take the bowl out of the fridge an hour before cooking to bring it to room temperature.

5. Put it in a steamer and steam until cooked. You will know the fish is cooked when the meat will flake easily with a fork or chopstick.







22 comments:

Menaka D said...

I love shopping in Asian supermarkets too. I always gets excited whenever I see "our" type of food (belimbing, manggis, rambutan, durian etc). And they have varities of veggies (instead of just spinach spinach spinach like in local supermarkets!!). In local stores, you get the same ol' same ol' (it's either salmon or salmon:P) but in Asian stores, I can buy ketam, ikan kembung, ikan bilis etc).

BeeBee said...

Nampak sedap ni.. but i pulak suka goreng punya.. heheeheheh thanks for the recipe sis.. hugs!

VG said...

I want some now!!!

BTW, My dear friend ~ a surprise awaits you at MY BLOG.

Pak Idrus said...

Farina, the best and easiest way to steam fish especially the white Pompret is to use the Micro Wave oven. Just put the fish and whatever, like mushroom, ginger, garlic and anion, a dash of soy sauce, cling rap it and put it into the micro oven for ten minutes on high. There is no need to put it in the fridge or a waiting period. Voilà! you get to enjoy a great steam fish in just a moment. Fish steamed by micro oven retained better nutritions and thus good for a healthy eat.

Note: Cling rap it tight so that the fish is cook under pressure, thus the 10 minutes or less for smaller potion.]

Have a nice day.

~me~ said...

Hello Farina.I am new to your blog which I get to know from visiting MamaFami.I must say I enjoyed every trip I made here. I would like to put a link to my blog if that is gd with u.I must confess that even tho' I am the kitchen CEO I dont really have passion for it. I cook out of necessity.Who knows you might change me yet...
Be visiting you again..

Ms eNVy said...

I love shopping @ the Asian store most definitely because I'm Asian hehehe .. The dish looks good but I like my pomfret goreng garing hehehe .. with either sweet sour or sambal tumis .. never really tried it steamed .. guess one day I should because it looks supereasy! .. thanks for sharing dear:)

Kak Ezza@makcik Blogger said...

amboi Farina..akak kat sini tak mampu nak boli ikan bawal putih ni...padahal dekat ngan laut..hahaha..lauk ni sedap tau..selalu dapat makan masa dalam pantang..hahaha...ialah kan..masa ni cam ni selalu dapat layanan first class ler..

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow sounds flavourful looks yum.

Sara said...

This looks so delicious, I love seafood!

AnakM said...

You know its actually terbalik here, bawal putih mahal, bawal hitam murah (or is it the other way around vs. Mesia?). My hubby doesn't like steamed fish :( so mostly I bake or goreng garing especially with indian mackerel. with cicah kicap cili. One day I have to make this for myself ...

k@izer said...

lpas nie try masak 3 rasa lak

Salt N Turmeric said...

Menaka, I bought frozen manggis once and let me just tell you that it would be my last time buying them! lol.

Mas, I pun prefer goreng but since white pomfret is a bit expensive, better to steam to retain the taste. ;)

Vin, can! I havent been blog hopping but will do after this ok?

Pak Idrus, that's how my mom would do but with i dont have bowl with lid that's big enough and I dont trust cling wrap. lol. Next time il try using the cling wrap in microwave. TQ!

Hi Me. Welcome to my blog. Of course you can link my blog to yours and get linked back to me. Well my friend, a lot of us cook out of necessity esp when you live far away from home and the only way to eat is to cook. That is why my recipes are all pretty easy to make.

Envy, when I use black pomfret, I also like to fry and make sweet and sour but for white pomfret you should really try to steam it. Cubalah. Jgn malu2. :)

Kak Ezza, memang bawal putih mahal tapi I makan sorang so seekor tu lasted me 3 meals! lol. I tak tau pun bawal putih makanan orang berpantang.

Lubna, thanks.

Hi Sara, welcome to my blog. I love seafood too! Have you eaten/cooked whole fish before?

AnakM, kat sini pun white pomfret is expensive. That fish tu cost me around $10. Black pomfret is a bit cheaper but I wanted to make steamed fish so kenalah keluar duit sikit. lol.

Abang, dah try buat 3 rasa tapi masih tak jumpa ultimate recipe lagi. Ada resepi nak bagi ke?

Pak Idrus said...

Farina and others, Re using micro wave oven. Please do not use a heavy cover/lit for any cooking in a micro wave oven. There are specially made plastic with holes for use with micro wave oven and only use this to cover for anything cook in the oven. It is not like cooking in a conventional oven.

Always use cling rap made especially for use with micro Wave oven, Using cling rap is safe because when there is pressure in the container the clip rap would rapture thus the steam would escape. If you ever use a lit, do put it ajar so that the steam could easily escape. Always use cling rap when cooking veg or steaming food in the micro wave. It has been proved safe and We do it often. If you are not steaming it just do not cover and it would just cook. Try boiling two egg, break the egg into a bowl [do not cover] and just micro wave for 25 seconds or steam five cop of corn using cling rap for just five to eight minutes and I am sure you would get a perfect ready to eat nutritious food.

Remember Micro wave oven do not heat the container, it heat the water in the food, thus the food is cooked.

Have a nice day.

MamaFaMi said...

Pecah rahsia eh tak suka siang ikan. Psstt jangan tak tahu, mama pun tak suka siang ikan! Hahahaha... Makan ikan, sukalah. Actually, pergi pasar pun, kalau tak terpaksa, mama tak pergi! Hahaha....

mº¿ºsh, brecht and nora said...

Dear Farina, this looks like a great dish, looks so yummylicious babe! But i dare not try, i ni ada sikit phobia makan ikan, takut tercekik tulang nye hhehehhehe! I know i am such a retard! I stick to thick flesh fishes with easy to spot tulang! Anyways, i wanted to say that i dropped by Olga's blog and tried her potato salad, it was eay to make and heavenly! Thx for recommending her website once on here - it has helped me abit in the kitchen! Hv a gd week ahead Farina! Will come by again soon.

tigerfish said...

I need my dose of steamed fish soon!

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

your long silence over at the other blog made me come here. now i realised la, its like there's a party happening at the other end and i wasnt invited...

kihkihhh...

Bits of Life 'n' Taste said...

White pomfret is my favourite! Looks so healthy and yummy!

Salt N Turmeric said...

Pak Idrus, thank you for sharing the info with me and my readers. :)

Mama, itu bukan rahsia tu. Memang seanterio dunia dah tau. lol.

Mush, ler u tak makan ikan bertulang rupanya. Im glad you tried and liked Olga's recipe. Easy recipe helps kan?

Tigerfish, dont wait just do it. ;)

Kerpie, yalor. Dont know what to write on the other blog. Everybody is invited to this blog, u aje yg tak pernah datang. :P

BoLnT, sometimes gotta make something healthy too. lol.

noobcook said...

You're making me crave for steamed pomfret now ... I love to add lots of chilli padi in mine and then drink up all the water that comes from the steaming, heh

Salt N Turmeric said...

Wiffy, wah you eat pedas too issit? I too like to 'drink' the juice fromt he steaming. lol.

Menaka D said...

I could cook this dish during my berpantang period (minus the chili). I've never tried steamed fish before and I'm just wondering about its smell. Is it too strong?