Tuesday 14 September 2010

Steam Cod Fish ~ 破布子蒸鳕鱼

Steaming is a method of cooking using steam which is also considered as a healthy cooking technique that is capable of cooking almost all kinds of food. Steaming works by boiling water continuously, causing it to vaporise into steam which carries heat to the food and cooks the food. This method also preserves the freshness of the food and cause non-greasy texture compared to fry or deep-fried stuffs.

To master a good steaming technique, you must learn how to control the heat and timing so that you can easily cook up some delicious dishes without over cooking them. Steaming method is often consider as one of the most pouplar choices among working mother that needs to prepare some quick and delicious dinner within short time after a long day at work.

Today's I am going to share with you a new ingredient that is not commonly found or used in Singapore. Cordia (破布子/
荫树子) fruit which can be eaten raw. But the common method of eating this fruit is to wash and add brine to boil, stirring constantly for about more than an hour to let the peel rupture. After the boiling, cordia fruits will be either use together with other other seasonings, frozen or pickled. And the end products can be used in stir-fry, make soup, steam with other ingredients or as a seasoning in sauce. Cordia is normally found in most Taiwan or China cuisine where they are often use to steam seafood such as fish and clam.

~ I bought this Cordia Fruits(破布子/荫树子)from one of those floating stall in the wet market that is specialist in selling Taiwan food products.

~ Alternatively you might want to check with those food stores at Chinatown area that sell Taiwan or China food stuffs.

Ingredients: (Serves 2)
1 Piece of Cod Fillet, 200g
2 Clove of Garlic, cut into slices
1 Stalk of Spring Onion, cut into sections
1/2 Stalk of Chili, cut into slices

1.5 Tablespoons of Cordia Fruits(破布子/荫树子)
2 Tablespoons Glutinous Rice Wine
1/2 Teaspoon Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
Dash of Pepper

1. Rinse and pat dry the cod fillet with kitchen paper towel, set aside on the plate.
2. Mixed all the seasoning in a small bowl and drizzle it on top of the cod fillet.
3. Place the garlic slices, chilli and spring onion on top of the fish, cover with clearwrap leaving a little whole or grap.
4. When the water in the steamer comes to boil, lower the heat, place the plate of fish on the steaming rack and steam over medium heat for about 8 - 10 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish. (when the time is up, you can test the fish by using a chopstick to check whether the meat is cooked)
5. Remove and serve hot with steam rice.

As you can see, this dish is so easy to prepare and you can even pre-mixed the seasoning or assembly the fish on plate a day before or early in the morning before you goes to work. So when you reached home after work, everything is ready for you to get the wok for steaming. This dish taste refreshing with that hint of chilli and the sweet and sour mixture from the Cordia fruits. Posted by Picasa


  1. I love steam fish espeially steam cod. It looks simply delicious.

  2. HI Ellena

    Yes, your steam fish looks delicious and also healthy. I always steams it for my little gal.


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