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