Chinese New Year's Braised Whole Fish Recipe

A family recipe which can incorporate a myriad of different version, more importantly including 2 whole Fish!

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Les ingrédients

Pour people
  • For the fish
  • Sea bass (whole) 6-800g : 2 whole
  • Corn starch : 10 g
  • For the sauce
  • Frying oil : 30 ml
  • Spring onion(s) : 4 whole
  • Fresh ginger : 100 g
  • Caster sugar : 30 g
  • Black vinegar : 40 ml
  • Dark soy sauce : 15 ml
  • Light soy sauce : 45 ml
  • Rice wine vinegar : 15 ml
  • Sake : 300 ml



    Preheat a Wok or large deep-sided frying pan.

    If necessary, trim the fins and scales from the washed and gutted fish.

    Gently score the flesh through the skin.

    Dust the fish on both sides and shake of the excess.


    Peel and thinly slice the ginger.

    Trim off the tops and tails and thinly slice the spring onions.

    Add the sliced ginger to the wok with the frying oil and gently fry until lightly colored. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and reserve.

    Add the fish to the pan and leave for 4-5 minutes until colored on one side. When the fish has crisped, gently turn over.
    While waiting, combine the sugar with the liquids and stir to dissolve.

    After 2-3 minutes, add the liquid and reduce the heat to a gentle simmer.
    Baste the fish frequently with the sauce, adding the sliced spring onions after a further 3-4 minutes.

    Continue to cook until the flesh easily comes away from the bone, the sauce should have a syrupy consistency.

    Carefully serve the two fish on a plate, being careful not to turn it over!

  • 3. TO SERVE

    Traditionally served with the head towards the honored guest. Of the two fish, only one would be consumed on New years eve, the other on New years day, signifying an abundance and prosperity goin from one year to another.
    This would be served as the last dish.

Chef's tip

«The type of fish is not as important as that it is whole, and that there are 2 of them! Be careful, not to turn the fish over onto the plate, as the fish is symbolic of a boat, and this would symbolize the boat capsizing.»

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