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In Genesis 1 in the Holy Bible, you will read that fish is one of the earliest food that God has provided us with.  How wise of Him! Fish is packed full with vitamins and minerals, especially omega-3 fatty acid which is known to lower heart attack and wards off many illnesses. Pediatricians will also advise you to give your young children lots of fish as Omega-3 is important for brain and eye development too and, hence, smarter kids!

Braised, baked, grilled, steamed, fried… I love fish done in any way.  However, the No. 1 rule is that the fish has to be fresh.  There is none cooking method that can musk the taste of stale fish.  If no one touches the fish that you have painstakingly prepared, you know that the fish you bought has past its prime.

When buying fish, always look for bright, clear eyes and skin.  I’ll also press the meat to make sure that it’s firm.  Checking for bright-red gills is also crucial.  Dull ones mean you can give them a miss and move on to another stall.

Made this fish dish for dinner last night.  All that was left were bones – which means the fish is fresh and everyone likes the way it’s done. Here’s the recipe :

FRIED YELLOW CROAKER WITH LEEK & TOMATO GRAVY

Ingredients :
2 pcs Yellow Croaker (scaled, cleaned & washed)
– seasoned with some tumeric powder & salt
– cornflour for coating

For the gravy :
3 slices of ginger,
1 leek, sliced
½ large onion, sliced
1 large tomato, sliced
1 red chilli, seeded and sliced
150 ml hot water

Seasoning  (except for cornstarch, mix seasonings together in a bowl) :
Light soya sauce
Oyster sauce
Sesame oil
Pepper
Some corn starch dissolved in some water

Method :

1) Heat oil. Dust the seasoned fish with some cornflour and lower it gently into the oil.  Fry till done and leave on a plate.
2) Wash and dry frying pan.  Heat some oil and fry sliced ginger until fragrant.
3) Add sliced leek and onions and stir fry for 2 mins.
4) Add tomato and chilli and stir-fry for 1 min.
5) Add hot water and let vegetables simmer until soft.
6) Add prepared seasonings.  Bring to a boil and stir in cornstarch.
7) Pour gravy over fried fish.

Fried Yellow Croaker with Leek & Tomato Gravy

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