Posts Tagged ‘pan fried’

Weekend project: A cooking come back? : Fish 2-ways with roasted tomato sauce

April 25, 2010

Well..well well..its been a while huh..guess what?. I’m back..well..kinda. 🙂 This time, decided to cook something simple, just fish (with roasted tomatoes, garlic, thyme serve with asparagus). Went to Tmn Tun market this morning was searching for a “red-color” fish. Why red? hmmm..just like the color of the fish before it’s cook. But after masak the color will change la..hmm.. Anyway, had this presentation idea of this dish long time ago but didn’t manage to get my hands on starting it. Today, the first sunday that i’m not working, FINALLY!..i get to start something…

Deboning the fish just like the above, was a challenge. Cause, 1) long time never cut anything with a knife for so loonngggg…LOL and 2) this fish has lots of bones too..but lesser than Tilapia though..(btw, do i don’t quite know the name of this fish in malay but in chinese it’s called “Hung-Jou” fish)

So, my idea of the presentation was to roll the fillet, the part that’s with the tail still intact serve with a sauce. Sauce is just simply roast tomatoes with garlic, thyme and season with salt and pepper. Easy rite? I got this idea (the tail standing) from this magazine while i was outside the board-room during my toilet break..lol. And the trick is this, i used a bamboo skewer to hold the tail part as i rolled the fillet. How i cook it? Instead of deep frying it, i shallow pan fried it. Remember that the skewers still in tact on the fillet? I used the skewer to turn the fillet (2mins on each side). Clever huh?

The remaining fillet, i was thinking to do the same as well, but then again, i just steamed it with its head. All i use to marinate was just some ginger juice, some salt and sesame oil. Simple, basic seasoning and marinade. Well, that’s all i can say now, simple. I guess this is how it’s going to be from now on, simple and yet presentable. Picture paints a thousand words. Till i cook again, eat well.

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Pan fried tilapia fillet with balsamic reduction

July 10, 2009

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From the previous dish that i did recently, steamed tilapia with sesame oil, well this is the other part of the fish that i fillet…hehe. So yeah, i’ve decided to not to do the same thing, instead i pan fried it. Pan fried tilapia with balsamic reduction. Sounds a bit posh ho..hehe..nothing much ba. What i did was simple. As i mentioned before this, the toughest part of this dish will be to fillet the fish rite?.. 🙂 Now, how do i pan fried this..let’s see.

First of all, i coat the fillet with some flour. At first i wanted to do the same way that i did the fried calamari, but then again, i malas la..hehe..so i just did a single coating lo. But, it was good enough la. So after that, a little salt for seasoning and pan fried it, skin side down (i love to say this, sounds like a true chef ..heh :))

DSC06380Then, leave it as it is. At this point don’t touch the fish. Let it be, let the crust to be formed. Shake the pan a little to make sure it doesn’t stick (only after a 2-3mins). Slowly flip the fillet to the other side after you think its ready. It doesn’t take very long to cook actually, 5-6mins tops.

Kai-lan, also known as chinese broccoli, one of my favorite greens. And yes, its been a while since i makan this. I think the last time i makan this was like ages ago, and that time also my mum yang cook it..i think i really need to take the initiative to cook more of those vegie that i didn’t eat for ages, rather then wait and hope. 🙂

DSC06381Anyway, there you go for now. I still got 2 more days of leave to cook. Still struggling to think what else i can cook. Wanted to do dessert, but ..but..hmm..Just wait and see la. If i didn’t post anything by 2mlo or day after, then that’s all from me la..for now..

It was really nice to cook again. Especially after so long never really hold a knife and spend longer than 30mins in kitchen 🙂 sad man..but i must say, it was my pleasure to present to you all my cooking experience as well as taking those awesome kick-ass pictures. …

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Wait..not over yet..still got 2 more days.. hehe 🙂

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