Monday, May 27, 2013

Thai Fish Style

I think by now you must have figured out that we simply adore Thai Food. We do. Really. It is the love for spiciness, tanginess saltiness and creaminess, all coming together for the big explosion of Thai quintessential tastes. Trending behind, in fact side by side Thai food (Noodles In Thai Sauce) is Malaysian food which generally is made with almost similar ingredients. That I have already figured because for the years I have been cooking, I have explored plenty much of Malaysian as well as Thai dishes. Indeed, both showcases fresh herbs (Basil Pepper Crab, Butter Basil Prawns & Chilli Coriander Steamed Fish), spices (Pepper Tamarind Prawn), coconut milk (Long Beans Prawn Coconut Gravy & Vegetable Green Curry) and for Thai food it is fish sauce, whereas for Malaysian typical authentic dishes, we tend to opt for Belacan (Kangkung Belacan). Still, I really can't confirm whether Thais also use fermented fish paste/belacan, so I won't touch on that food area specific. 

Nonetheless, I am absolutely certain that lemongrass/serai (Ikan Asam Pedas, Sour Fish Soup & Lemongrass Chicken Kebab) and kaffir lime/limau purut leaves (Yellow Chicken Curry & Nasi Dagang) must make their way through Thai cuisine (Tom Yam Fried Mee Hoon). Of course, chillies are also the standard ingredient for Asian dishes (Assam Fish Curry), and as you may have noted, today's Thai Fish Style pretty much showcases those Thai tastes I have already spoken about (Green Fish Curry & Fish Chilli Lime). Fish fried and atop with a spicy kaffir lime and mint leaf sauce (Tom Yum Seafood Soup, Thai Style Steamed Fish & Thai Salmon Noodle Soup). 
1 piece (about 300g) of mackerel or any other firm fish 
1 tsp ginger paste
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

1 lemon grass - sliced thinly
4 shallots - sliced thinly
1 red/birds eye chili - sliced thinly
1/4 inch ginger - chopped
3-4 sprigs of mint leaves - just the leaves
3-4 kaffir lime leaves - sliced thinly
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tbsp fish sauce
1/2 tbsp lime juice
Salt if needed

Rub ginger and salt over the fish.
Deep fry fish, dish out and place on a plate.
Leave about 2 tbsp of oil in the same pan.
Sauté shallots, ginger, lemongrass and chili.
Pour in soy sauce and fish sauce; add salt (if needed), sugar, lime juice and 3-4 tbsp of water.
Let it simmer and drop in mint and lime leaves.
Stir and pour sauce atop fish. 
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  1. wow it looks so colorful.. so tempting and delicious..

  2. Nava, I don't think think your passion will dry up. I guess some days (to take the words from a song) are diamonds and some days are stones! But I love going through your pictures and your recipes. If I had a hard day at work I doubt I'd be even inspired to post!!

    This dish looks mouth-watering!:)

  3. I like this type of dishes. Because normally they gives a mixture of taste! Especially when it gives a spicy kick

  4. this looks so colorful... i agree to u on meetings... sometimes, i prefer to call it as chair-warming sessions!!!

  5. i'm drooling over this delicious Thai fish,my mouth watering right now :) looks so delicious and your pictures tell them all "YUMMYLICIOUS" weldone Nava, I can wait to cook this fish recipe :)

  6. Hi Nava, your fish look extremely good, I need extra rice please.:)
    Very flavorful, I can practically smell the scent from here. LOL
    Nice pictures.

    Have a great week ahead. Regards.

  7. Hey Nava, your fish is always good after a tiring meeting. I am hungry for some thai food now. the fish looks so delicious with the sauce poured in.

  8. Oh My, looks gourmet styled and cooked to perfection. I love the herbs all over the saucy fish!! Nice clicks! Mackerel = full of omega 3! Your picture makes me wanna become non-vegetarian for sure and kinda kicks in the thought of what all I'm missing!!

    And abt meetings!! Shucks, not a single one is productive, waste of time! I would rather prefer a stand-up meeting with the immediate team for 5 minutes than sitting in a conference room an yapping about unwanted problems and risks which we are not facing at all, they call it forecast, Phew - I think it is the same everywhere around the world! We just have to get on with it or try to switch! I know, easy to say but very hard in reality!! Yet another day in the rising...

  9. I could feel the flavor and the crispiness of the fish.lovely clicks.

  10. Love that Thai fish and the half moon plate :)

  11. Lovely dish, fish is a delicious and healthy meal, I like the vegetables they add great color! Makes it come alive:)

  12. Like you i really hate meeting.people get so argumentative & all the focus is lost.
    Storing has become a necessity if u r working.

    Fish looks tempting & delicious

  13. Thai fish looks awesome and flavorful! :)

  14. MMmm....yum...would love to have this

  15. Wow! Loved this thai style fish.. I've never tried anything with Thai flavours ever.. Bookmarked this Nava :-)

  16. I love thai food and ur preparation looks very tempting !

  17. A few weeks ago I tried lemongrass in rice and loved its flavor now its time to use it in fish or chicken. Your recipe for the thai style fish with a simple sauce makes it an incredibly delicious, quick and healthy meal.

  18. I love the preparation of this fish, it looks fantastic :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  19. Appetizing! Anything with lime or lemon is always appetizing for me:D

  20. Looks really yummy Nava. Thai is one of my fav cuisine. Yummy

  21. i love the colors in thai cuisine...the flavors aren't too shabby, either. :)

  22. Hey this looks lovely..and i loved your bowl, nice shape..

  23. I wish I could have a bowl now yum.

  24. I love Thai. I love fish and this looks so delicious. Bookmarked!


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