Steamed Milk Fish (Bangus) Chinese Style

The milkfish is a type of salt-water fish that is abundant in the waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans and tend to live close to the islands, coasts and coral reefs.

It is an important source of food of people from the Pacific islands and Southeast Asia. In the Philippines the milkfish has been extensively aquacultured in ponds and fishpens making it available for Filipinos the whole year through and at very affordable prices.

The bangus or milkfish has become a very versatile seafood because it can be cooked in 101 and one ways.

Milkfish is a rich source of Vitamin B6, selenium, phosphorus and niacin, protein, and Vitamin B12. It has a very low sodium content which makes it a healthy food option for those suffering from hypertension and heart disease.

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  • 1 whole bangus, deboned
  • 1 small pc ginger, peeled and cut into thin strips
  • 4 pcs spring onions, sliced into 1 inch lengths
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
  • 2 tbsp xiao xing or rice wine
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce

Cooking Instructions

  1. Lay fish on a plate
  2. Distribute ginger, green onions and garlic evenly on the fish surface.
  3. Combine Xiao Sing and soy sauce and sprinkle over the fish
  4. Let it stand for 10-20 minutes
  5. Steam
  6. Transfer to a serving plate

For the sauce:

1 tbsp sesame oil

1/4 cup sliced garlic

3 tbsp Xiao Xing or rice wine

3 tbsp light soy sauce

1/4 cup water

1 1/2 tbsp sugar

1 cup fresh shiitake mushrooms, optional

1/4 cup each leeks white part and leeks green part

Cooking instructions:

Heat the sesame oil

Add garlic

Add rice wine, light soy sauce, water and sugar and bring to a boil

Add the rest of the ingredients

Cook for 2 minutes, do not overcook

Pour over fish

Garnish with cilantro sprigs and green

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