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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Steamed fish is a great dish on a Chinese dinner table. The nice thing is that it is so simple to make, and doesn't require any special ingredients.Traditionally a big steaming pot is used to cook. However, microwave oven is a very good alternative. The following is for using microwave oven to cook this dish.

Get a very fresh fish like bass and walleye of about 1 pound in weight. Carefully scrape off all scales and remove the gills and organs.
Clean the fish with water, and drain the water. Then put it in a big microwaveable glass container that has a cover.Add two teaspoons of cooking wine in the container. Evenly throw 1/2 teaspoon of salt on the surface of the fish.
Cut 6 thin slices of ginger and 2 pieces of green onion. Put them in the stomach of the fish.
Cover the container and put it into a 1000 watt microwave for 10 minutes, then take the container out.
Heat 3 to 4 spoon of vegetable oil in a small bowl in the microwave, making the oil very hot.
Pour the hot oil on the surface of the fish. Finally throw some soy sauce on the fish.
Enjoy the very delicious dish

The fish has to be very fresh. In China people normally use the fish that is still swimming in the water, before starting to cook. Refrigerated fish is okay as long as it is very fresh. Never use a fish ever frozen.
Select bass, walleye, tilapia, grouper or other kinds of fish that have fine texture and fibre. Salmon and northern pike are not recommended.
Eat the dish when it is very warm.
Adding pepper and cilantro leaves will also give different style. You can be innovative.
If you are using a traditional steamer pot, toss a handful of Northern White Cedar chips to the water. It will add a very mild but delicious wood flavor to your steamed fish and vegetables.


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