If you’ve been attending Chinese wedding banquets, you’ll probably notice that there are certain dishes that are always present during Chinese wedding banquets. This is because each and every dish that is served during a Chinese wedding banquet has its equivalent meaning for auspicious blessings for the couple. These dishes often symbolizes blessings of happiness, prosperity, and longevity.
One of my favorite would be the Steamed Garoupa with Soy Sauce. Fish, in Chinese is 魚 which is pronounced as yú which has similar pronunciation as the word 裕 meaning “abundance.” Fish served during Chinese weddings banquets represent abundance in a couple’s marriage.
My dad used to cook this dish when he was still alive and was able to learn how to cook it from him. It’s really not a complicated dish and only a few ingredients needed.
Steamed Fish Fillet
Fish fillet (you can use whole fish preferably white-flesh fish)
2 stalk scallions finely chopped (you can use green onions as alternative)
2 pcs ginger sliced “coin” shaped
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp light soy sauce
½ tbsp dark soy sauce
2 tsp sugar
4 tbsp water
- Clean fish thoroughly, if using whole fish make sure to wash and scale the fish thoroughly.
- Place fish on a plate and season with salt and pepper both sides. Add ginger on top of fish.
- Steam fish for about 15 – 20 mins depending on the size of fish you are using. Place cook fish on serving plate discarding the liquid collected while steaming. Add choppe scallions
- In a sauce pan over low heat, add sesame oil until fragrant. Pour over cook fish.
- In the same sauce pan used to heat sesame oil pour in light and dark soy sauce, sugar, water. Do a taste test and add soy sauce or sugar if needed, depending if you like your sauce to be more on the salty side or sweet side. Bring to boil.
- Pour over cook fish. Serve and enjoy!
You can also add sliced shitake mushroom to this dish to add more flavor. Just make sure to add the mushroom over the fish before steaming.
Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think.