Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fried Pompret (Bawal) With Ginger And Soy Sauce

What's cooking in this nava-k's precious space today? Aha! I am back with fish again (Steamed Cod Fish, Fish Soup/Soup Ikan, Kerala Fish Curry & Fish Sodhi/Coconut Stew). Fish which has been said as brain food, fish which packs protein and fish which you should buy from fresh markets for its freshness. Of course I can't stop you if you insist on buying fish from hypermarkets. Be careful though. Check and recheck for ensuring that fish is fresh. I was caught off guard a couple of times. Actually my fault too for rushing and buying due to time factor. So, I basically learned that I shouldn't rush and buy fish when time is not my essence. Otherwise, I believe we will do fine for our fish analysis before buying (Fish Sambar, Green Fish Curry, Fish Cutlet & Indian Fish Achar). Check their eyes, check their firmness but please stop pressing and pressing until you disaster it and also check, more importantly, by the look of it itself, you can find out if fish is the fresh catch. Smelly fish mainly is a disaster, you shouldn't even bother cooking it (Dory Fish Sandwich & Egg Fish Roll).  

Once you are back home after buying, remember, fish can get smelly if you take it for a joy ride, our Malaysian hot weather let me tell you is unfavorable for keeping fish in the car, you should rub some lime juice and salt over it prior or while cleaning (Nyonya Fish Sambal, Assam Fish Curry & Fish Curry Radish). That will ensure you remove its sliminess and every other dirt. Thereafter, fish is ready for cooking or for storing in the fridge. I usually opt for our local catch (Curry Leaves Grilled Fish & Fish Head Curry) which by far is cheaper compared to the imported ones (Salmon Noodle Soup), bawal hitam/black pompret however is still rather pricey. I still buy because its a facvorite in my house. Great for curries or even a simple recipe like this one today for heightening its taste. Crispy fried fish (Thai Style Fried Chicken), tipped over with a sauce made with ginger and soy sauce (Fish Kicap & Soy Lemongrass Fish) and garnished with spring onion. Get your rice ready now please. Maybe some sliced red chillies as well? 

For the fish
1 black prompret/bawal hitam - clean, de-gut and pat dry.
1 tsp corn flour
1/2 tsp rice flour
Oil for frying
Salt and pepper for taste
Spring onion for garnishing

For the sauce
1 inch ginger - remove skin and slice into thin long stripes
1 tbsp dark soya sauce
1 tbsp sweet soy sauce
Drops of sesame oil
Salt (if needed)

Dust fish with corn flour and rice flour, and season with salt and pepper.
Heat enough oil and deep fry fish.
Remove and place on a serving plate.
Drain off excess oil from the wok and leave about 2 tbsp.
Fry ginger till crispy.
Remove and keep aside.
Pour dark sauce and sweet soy sauce in the same oil.
Stir and pour a few tbsps of water.
Simmer and pour over fried fish.
Top with fried ginger, drizzle sesame oil and garnish with spring onion.
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  1. I often make fried pomfret but with a Goan style rub. I never thought of trying these flavors. Thanks for sharing...I intend to try this recipe.

  2. Looks super delicious! Waiting to see more of your travel adventures next year!

  3. So beautifully presented, I wish I could try and taste it. Dish looks so inviting...

  4. wow what a combo:)looks delicious

  5. interesting. never eaten this way before. Mine is just fried plainly. thats all!

  6. It looks yummy. I love visiting your blog. You introduce me to all new recipes that I love to try. Beautiful presentation too. :)

  7. I love this style of cooking too, dear! Gosh, I haven't cooked pomfret in months! Gotta get to work!!

  8. Colorful fish ..Guess u had a good lunch..

  9. Fish in the different sauces looks delicious and yummy.... :)

  10. Tempting one :)

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  11. Ohff thats a really tempting fried pompret lying in front of me ...loooks yumm.
    Have a nice time Nava waiting to see ur pics.

  12. Eep packing again? Cant wait to hear about your travels :D
    Beautiful fish dish, it looks so gourmet!

    Choc Chip Uru

  13. I am sure it is as yummy as it looks!!!....good job!!

  14. I have had these kind of dishes in restaurants only, dear you make so many mouth watering sea food dishes.

  15. That looks so good! There's enough for a plate of rice! I love the addition of the fried ginger.
    Have a great holiday!!

  16. Thanks for the recipe will pass it on to my mom as I am not a fish lover.. :)

  17. So tempting this platter.looks.. Full of taste and flavors..

  18. Hi Nava, this is extremely delicious and appetizing. My favorite too, definitely need extra rice to go with this fish. :))

    Merry Christmas to you. Best regards.

  19. Not so fond of pomfret but love this preparation navaneetham

  20. Impressive meal thanks for sharing need to try it out.

  21. Oh darling this recipe looks delicious


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