Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sweet and sour fish with lychee ( 荔枝鱼)


This is quite similar to the chinese sweet and sour fish but comes with lychee..for auspicious reason if you want this to serve during Chinese New Year. The lychee fruit is another auspicious fruit besides mandarin oranges, pomelo because of their red outer shell. Apart from this, the chinese pronounciation of lychee (荔)sounds alike with the word '利' which means profit $$... big profit! More interesting reason is ( i heard ) that people put dried lychees on the marriage bed of the newlyweds, wishing for offspring due to the pronounciation that sounds like '利子', which means to have a son/baby, it's a symbol of fertility, man!


But today we 're not talking about fertility or money. This is another dish that i cook at home on several occasions..with or without lychee. These are canned lychees that are available everywhere, also add in some lychee sugar syrup from the can..just making use of the flavour from the sugar syrup. This dish is also quite common in restaurants here, they also call it lychee fish but funny, they call it lychee fish but never comes with lychee :D



Recipe (source-own)
Ingredient
1 medium big size whole garoupa
( marinate with 1/2 egg and salt)
1 onion, sliced or wedged
a small piece of capsicum, cut into wedges
1can lychee ( you dont need all the lychee, i used about half a can )
cornflour for dusting the fish
spring onion for garnishing

Sauce
1cup tomato ketchup
1.5tbsp plum sauce
3/4cup water
3tbsp lychee sugar syrup from the can
salt and sugar to taste

Method
1.Marinate the fish with egg and some salt for 20 minutes. Put some cornflour on a plate, lay the fish down and dust the fish with cornflour all over, both sides.
2.Pour enough oil for deep frying the fish and fry till golden brown. Remove to a serving plate.
3. Leaving about 1.5tbsp oil in the wok, put in onion and capsicum, give it a stir, abt 10 seconds and pour in the sauce including lychee sugar syrup and water. Bring it to boil. Add salt and sugar to taste.You can also add more water if it's too thick. Remove from heat and pour the sauce all over the cooked fish. Serve immediately.

I am submitting this post to Chinese New Year Delights 2013 hosted by Sonia of Nasi Lemak Lover



45 comments:

  1. What a beautiful fish...but I never had fish with lychee...it sure must taste delicious.
    Have a great week Lena!

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  2. Oh wow, I have never added Lychee to fish before but would love to try. Looks delicious!

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  3. If this dish were placed on my dining table, there will be alot of wows. It looks so delicious, just the perfect fish dish for reunion dinner.

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  4. Lychee to fish! Must be yummy coz i love both!

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  5. Lena, what a nice big fish you got there! I love sweet and sour fish a lot. Wah, your wok must be very big to accommodate that big fish :) And I like your beautiful serving plate too!

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  6. 1st time knowing adding lychee in sweet sour dish. I'm sure my kids will love it! Adding some lychee fruits inside will be great too.

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  7. A lovely delicious dish! My kids would love this! I am not a fan of sweet and sour fish or pork, but I always cooked them for my kids, they love it. Have not tried adding lychee before, next time will add some, especially after CNY, when "canned" fruits" are "passing around" as gifts! :)

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  8. OMG!! Lena, that plate of sweet sour fish is so tempting!! It's been so long since I have sweet sour fish because everyone in the house doesn't like sourish dish :(

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  9. I never associate lychee as CNY fruit but now that you have explained, I think it makes perfect sense. The addition of lychee to this sweet and sour fish is perfect!

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  10. wow lena, will u serve this during chinese new year? i wanna to go 'chi 餐‘la,哈哈哈哈!

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  11. Oooo never knew lychee had an auspicious meaning too. I shd serve some during CNY this year then :)

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  12. Me too do not know that lychees are so auspicious lol! This dish makes me salivate! I love the sweet and sour taste in fish and other meat dishes!

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  13. lena, this is another dish that we should have on table for CNY reunion dinner. Looks so auspicious.

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  14. Omg, the thought of crispy tender fish with tangy sauce and sweet lychee is making me drool! More rice please!! Ok set! Gonna try cooking this, since I'm such a big fan of sweet & sour, lol! But maybe with fillet, cos I'm such. A baby when it comes to eating fish with bones, lol!

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  15. Hey Lena.. wonderful recipe.. putting lychee on the tomato sauce.. I can try this out during CNY! :)

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  16. I love sweet and sour fish :D That is one delectable dish , Lena ! It will be gone in a flash here for sure !

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  17. I just made this the other day but without lychee, I like it so much. Maybe I should try it with lychee. I tried replace pineapple with lychee when I ran out of pineapple while preparing sweet and sour chicken but I didnt really like it, feel like losing the juicy pineapple taste.

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  18. Hi Lena! Big fish for the Big day!!!

    But personally I will use other fish types instead of garoupa for this dish as they are expensive here in Singapore. Steam the garoupa!

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  19. hmmm..nak cuba resipi ni:)...dapat bayangkan rasa masam masam manisnya.Pasti amat menyelerakan.

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  20. What a coincidence, I made dragon fruit sauce fish with some dragon fruit and lychee yesterday! I haven't made lychee fish before but I have done it with pork. And I am sure it tastes as great with fish, the addition of lychees makes the dish more succulent :)

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  21. Oh wow...that's a big fish! How many people are you feeding?....haha. It's quite a while I have not eaten sweet and sour fish. Need to cook again one of these days. I don't think we have this garoupa here. I miss the fish back home :(

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  22. Hi Lena, Wow! One more time...WOW! I love this dish! Under different circumstances, if I'm a bachelor, I sure send my resume to you with a bouquet of red roses...ha ha ha.
    This fish is a lupa nama mak kind.
    Lena, I am not going to use fancy, need dictionary kinds of words to describe your cooking....
    Just this....Lena, you are good! I am very impressed!

    See this dish can marry the cook without looking at her, ha ha ha.
    Have a nice day, keep a song in your heart and don't forget the suntan lotion....need help on that, you know who to call, ha ha.
    Lee.

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  23. I've never cooked with lychee before and this dish looks so fabulous. It's beautiful!!

    Sues

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  24. Hi Lena,

    I never thought that lychee can be used to cook sweet and sour dishes and savouries. It must be adding a lot of sweetness to your fish dish... Yum!

    Zoe

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  25. I love sweet and sour Lena, this looks wonderful! Such pretty colors!

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  26. Wow, another wonderful recipe
    Sweet and sour fish with lychee
    To you dear Lena my thumbs up
    Yapping in agreement from my pup

    Bye Lena, take care!

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  27. This is a very appetizing dish I like, yours look vibrant and festive, the adding of lychee sounds more irresistible.

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  28. Thanks for sharing the recipe ! This looks very delicious and by adding lychee to enhance the taste of the sauce !
    I have bookmarked this dish and will cook it for Chinese New Year.

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  29. that's beautiful!!! The tanginess, the sweet and sour- very appetising and perfect CNY dish!

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  30. Lena...lena...lena...
    betul la dah tak boleh tahan ni......
    ok besok mesti buat...nanti akak tunjuk gambar ya!
    notty lena, malam2 buat orang cari bib nak lap saliva tumpah...

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  31. Brilliant adding lychee to this dish. My Quay Lo and I are not very good at eating a whole fish but definitely will try this recipe with fish fillet.

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  32. Got tangy flavours of lychee....

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  33. Appreciate all of your wonderful comments. Hope those who try will like it !

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  34. Hi Lena, this big fish look appetizing. Boh liow? :)
    Have a nice day.

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  35. Wa-lau! Lena. I'm drooling alredi.. lychee in sweet n sour fish? My kids will love this. You know what, I just bot 3 cans of lychee fr tesco today. Promo buy 3 for RM5. You know la this time of year with CNY round the corner, sure must buy one..like you said for prosperity(and not for fertility for me...erhhmm..) Must cook this dish for CNY and if it brings luck, I'll put the whole can or two cans if need be..lol

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  36. oh i dunno about sweet sour fish using lychee
    i love lychee, this must be delicious!

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  37. I am DROOLING, Lena. Sweet and tangy...my favourite.

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  38. I like fish than meat. I will surely enjoy this.

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  39. Oh, very special sweet and sour fish with lychee..but i have less chance to cook this as my hubby doesn't like anything cook with tomato ketchup, sweet and sour..strange guy huh..

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  40. what a creative idea to use lychee. I think it makes a good CNY dish.

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  41. Hi Lena, very appetizing dish. Yours look awesome, can have extra rice with this. :)

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  42. WOW! What an appetizing fish! My family love this dish but I've never try cooking it before. The addition of lychee is very interesting & gourmet! YUM! ;)

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  43. Awesome idea. Am confirmed making this for the 1st day of CNY for the hubster and my lunch.

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