Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Braised Fish Head

Original Recipe by Amy Beh

  • ½ fish head, about 750–800g, chopped into big chunks
  • 1 tbsp ginger juice
  • 1 tbsp rice wine (optional)
  • 3–4 tbsp cornflour, for sprinkling
  • 2 dried Chinese mushrooms, soaked and sliced
  • 50g belly pork, sliced
  • 50g bamboo shoots, sliced
  • 2 stalks spring onion, cut into 4cm sections
  • 1 red chilli, seeded and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp Shao Hsing wine (optional)


  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp thick soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp chicken stock granules
  • ¾ tsp sugar or to taste
  • 500ml water

    CLEAN fish head pieces well and season with ginger juice, rice wine (if using) and light soy sauce for 20 minutes.

    Just before deep-frying, coat fish head with cornflour. Deepfry for four to five minutes, then remove and drain.

    Heat oil and sesame oil in a clean wok. Lightly brown ginger and garlic, then add oyster sauce. Add mushrooms, belly pork and bamboo shoots. Sprinkle in Shao Hsing wine (if using) for added aroma.

    Pour in combined sauce ingredients and bring to the boil, then add fish head pieces. Reduce the heat and simmer for five to six minutes. Add red chilli and thicken the gravy before dishing out.

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