Sunday, January 15, 2012

Recipe - Arguably Easy Chinese* Fish on a Electric Grill

I was too lazy to make lunch** today so this is what I made instead. I absorbed this recipe from my mother by poking my head in the kitchen and annoy the living L. Acidophilus out of her every time she cooked this dish. So yes, this smells absolutely amazing but the smell probably lingers a little like most Chinese food smells do. She didn't cook it on an electric grill of course, she was a proper lady and had several double boilers. I, on the other hand, am afraid of boiling water (not sure why, since I have no qualms about sticking my hand in the oven) and just don't have the patience to wait for the 2 hours it would require to cook on a steamer.

*The word "Chinese" here modifies the style of the dish and not the fish itself. I'm not sure what nationality my specific piece of fish was, we haven't covered that in Property Law yet or is that under Immigration Law?!

**A meal with no rice/bread/potato/cake is not a proper meal... but then, eating an entire box of crackers with cheese after probably made up for it.

Materials for this awesomeness:
*You will need an electric grill or a double boiler/steamer and a lot of for this recipe*

  • Fish - Preferably freshwater fish, but the salmon was on sale and it didn't have bones in it
  • Fresh (relatively) Ginger root
  • Garlic
  • Rice vinegar (or apple vinegar)
  • Light Soy Sauce (or unrippened soy sauce as the Chinese people call it)
  • Black Pepper
  • Frozen Mix Veggies
Spell Prep:
  • Place fish in a ziplock bag
  • Dice enough ginger and garlic to make a pile the size of your thumb (can't go wrong with more if you like ginger and garlic) and sweep the pile into the fish bag
  • Add vinegar and soy sauce at a 1:2 ratio over the fish, make sure it can coat the entire surface once the bag is sealed
  • seal bag, shake it a little and let marinade for at least 20 min
  • Make a box (or swan) out of aluminum foil, put the fish and marinade sauce in it and seal the top with another piece of foil
  • Heat up the grill to 350 degrees, put the box on the grill and sit on your hand (or pet a cat) for 20 min
  • Resist the temptation to open up the foil (heat and moisture will escape and you'll end up with an annoyingly dry and salty piece of fish) because it will smell like heaven (or 21 years of repressed memories if you grew up in a Chinese household).
  • Zap a little bit of frozen veggies in a bowl for 2 min (or until it's hot enough that you are sure you won't get sick from eating it)
  • Lay the cooked veggies on a plate
  • Pour the fish and marinade sauce over the veggies
  • sprinkle black pepper
  • Shoo away the cats that are gathering
And you are done!

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