When I was younger, it is pre-requisite to order sweet and sour fish whenever we dine out at chinese restaurants. Back then, fish was way much cheaper and we have our fish whole. Nowadays, it’s mostly sweet and sour fish fillets for my kids when we eat out or take away from chinese restaurants as whole fish is so much more expensive! That’s why I am sharing with you this restaurant worthy sweet and sour fish with fruit recipe so that you can cook from home. It’s much cheaper that way.
Before we dive into the recipe though, I am going to share with you these tips to reduce the fishy smell as well as ensuring you get a more crispy fried fish.
Tips to reduce the fishy smell
We all know to look for the freshest fish possible i.e. the ones with bright clear eyes, light reddish gills etc. Do you know that the blood and innards that remained in the fish also contributed to the pungent smell? The longer these blood and innards stayed in the fish, the stronger the fish smell would be.
That is why if you have access to live fish tanks, then lucky you. Fishes bought live and then gutted on the spot would yield the best results in terms of freshness and taste. For me, I do not have access to live fish tanks. Instead, I prefer to buy bred tilapia fish. These fishes are caught, slaughtered and then frozen at source. So, it is quite well-preserved and the innards and blood have been removed from the onset. So the fishy smell is greatly eliminated.
Remember to get your fish monger to gut and remove the fish scales for you. Save you lots of time and frustration this way. Immediately wash all the fishes you bought upon reaching home with water plus generous amount of salt in a large bowl or basin. Remove all innards and as much traces of blood as thoroughly as you can. A pair of tweezers may be useful to remove the fine blood strains.
After that, rinse thoroughly with plain water so that the fish would not end up being too salty. Keep fishes in portions that you wish to cook them either in plastic bag or containers before freezing them.
Condiments that battle stink
Ginger is a well-known cooking ingredient that helps to reduce the smell of fish and meat. However, ginger may not be suitable for all types of dishes. Luckily, there are other condiments that can be used to remove the smell of fish and meat as well such as pepper, turmeric powder (serbuk kunyit), sesame oil, citrus fruit juices and chinese Shaoxing rice wine (non halal). So if you see these ingredients listed in a recipe, try not to skip them.
How to get crispy fish
In order to get crispy fried fish, the first rule to remember is to dry the fish thoroughly after washing them. It is definitely easier to pat dry using paper towels than to spend 2 hours draining them. Nowadays, I also prefer to use corn flour to coat fish and meat for frying compared to multipurpose flour for crispier results.
If you are frying fish in a wok, then needless to say, you must ensure that the wok and oil is hot enough for frying. For me, I have switched over to using air fryer to fry fish as it ensures that I got the right temperature, predictable result and of course a cleaner kitchen.
Hope these tips are useful to you. Now, let’s check out the recipe for Sweet and Sour Fish with Fruits, shall we?
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