Saturday, August 17, 2013

Nyonya Steamed Fish

Back to fish and steaming. Yes foodies. However its not another same style to steaming and fish. Nope. Not at all. Today, I am sharing with all of you how to make this Nyonya Steamed Fish. Nyonya cuisine? Much has already been spoken about before (Nyonya Lam MeeNyonya Curry LaksaNyonya Assam Fish Curry)? Furthermore, I also mentioned the concept to steaming and also fish by itself is a food familiarity in my house due to my other half-half and fish is the food for him mostly (Ikan BaladoMalabar Fish CurryUnagi KabayakiThai Crispy FishKerala Fish Fry & Chilli Lime Fish). Alright foodies, let's now get down to making this Nyonya Steamed Fish. A sambal style whereby you need to ground or blend the needed ingredients as listed below before frying sambal and then tipping it over fish which has already been steamed with ginger. Nyonya Steamed Fish? A revelation of the customary and much needed Nyonya loud and bold tastes (Vietnamese Steamed Fish, Thai Steamed Fish, Teochew Steamed Fish & Hong Kong Style Steamed Fish). 

For the fish
1 medium size siakap/barramundi (about 450) - de-gut and clean
1 inch ginger - slice

For sambal paste
4 shallots
5 garlic
1 inch galangal/lengkuas
1/2 inch shrimp paste/belacan - roasted
10 dried red chillies (or as needed)
** blend/ground these ingredients for a smooth paste

1 lemongrass - smashed
4-5 kaffir lime leaves - tear into pieces
3-4 calamansi lime/limau kasturi
4 tbsp oil
Salt for taste (if needed)
Steam fish with ginger till tender.
While fish is steaming, heat oil.
Fry sambal paste alongside lemongrass till aromatic and oil splits.
Add lime leaves and salt.
Stir all together.
If sambal is too thick, dilute with some water.
Keep it simmering over very low heat.
After steaming fish, discard the ginger and the drippings.
Pour the sauce over the fish and serve with calamansi lime.


  1. Going by your pictures I can just imagine how that is going to taste! Fabulous!

  2. Oh, I love this type of food. But its hard to execute!

  3. yummy treat for food lovers here.ur pics speaks:)

  4. Exotic fish Nava, looks awesome and delicious...

  5. Oh.... Pedas... pedas.... haha..... nice dish.

  6. Lovely combination of flavors. I will try this one day!

  7. Hey doll, i made your condensed milk coconut bars.. They turened out so well... My family loved it....
    Thanks a lot ...
    Keep in touch,

  8. lovely clicks..the sauce on the flavored steamed fish looks awesome..

  9. sounds very interesting ,would love to have a taste.

  10. I love the flavor in your Thai Style steam fish! So refreshing and perfect for the hot weather. :)

  11. I am pure vegetarian but loved the pic..nava

  12. Look something like ikan bakar in trenggganu but its steam instead. Steam is healthier

  13. I don't eat fish..but love your clicks

  14. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.comAugust 18, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Nava, this steamed fish is so appetizing and tempting :)

  15. This is a beautiful shot, Nava! I realized you've been really active these days, especially on Google+. You've been cooking a lot too :)

  16. i love fish but nowadays fish are getting expansive and axpansive >.<

  17. Wow that styling looks really appetizing.Really like the pics Nava.

  18. Okay, so now I have to get hold of Barramundi! What beautiful flavours and I love your pictures1

  19. Great pics and presentation!! It looks as if the fish will jump out of the plate at any moment :)

  20. I booked marked this because this is my next challenge.

  21. Looks amazing, I love the color of the dish. Fish is one of my favorite food:)

  22. Extra rice please! The hubster asked me to bookmark this recipe! Not sure if he wants to cook it or I need to do it. LOL.

  23. This looks super tempting Nava ! real wonderful clicks !

  24. Sopa deliciosa saludable y exótica me enamoré ,,,fotos impresionante hugs,hugs.


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