There's a typical dining pattern in Taiwanese's family. Three dishes, one soup and the staple food-rice. Our diet chiefly consist of meat, seafood and vegetable. So, my mum or other families always prepare one dish of fish, one dish of meat and one dish of vegetable SEPARATELY. Why do I have to emphasize "separately'', cos I remember my flatmate Marian from Dubai told me our diet looks like each dish is main course. I didn't quite understand what's her point until I saw she baked fish with rice! Yes, we do have rice and fish in everyday dinner, fish as main course and rice as starch, but we don't really put them together. However, I felt impressed by Marian's bake fish rice. The strength of this preparation is that fish is tender and the rice soak fish stock. It gives rice different life! So, when you eat rice you can eat the seafood flavour. I think it's a bit like Paella, but it's fish version. However, if you like Thai food and wanna try what I mentioned bake fish rice. Here is the experiment I did.lol...
Basmati rice or Thai Hom Mali rice
Vegetable. Tomato is optional. Using sugar snap peas is even better
Fresh whole fish, cut into fillets. I use Sea bass. 200ml coconut, sliced spring onion
1. 泰國香米 (但其實這圖片我用的米是印度香米,因為剛好家裡有,而且對台灣人來說,他們的米都一樣,長長的沒有黏性,香氣很重,所以應該不會起衝突啦)
7. 200ml 椰乳
10. 1/2 湯匙salt
Ingredient, there are two parts
1. Basmati rice or Thai Hom Mali rice
2. 2 sea bass fillets, pinboned and skin scored
3. a handful of sugar snap peas or snow peas
4. a spring onion, outer leaves discarded, trimmed and finely sliced
5. 1/2 fresh red chillies, deseeded and finely sliced
6. 1 lime, quartered
Part 2 for the Thai paste
1. 1 large bunch of fresh coriander or cilantro, leaves picked and stalks reserved
2. 1 thumb-sized pieces of fresh ginger, peeled
3. 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
4. 1 teaspoon sesame oil
5. 3 tablespoons soy sauce
6. juice and zest of 1 limes
7. 200ml coconut
8. 1 teaspoon fish sauce
9. 1 teaspoon sugar
10. 1/2 teaspoon salt
11. 1/2 fresh chillie, halved and desseded
cook your rice in salted, boiling water. I use rice cooker, so 1 cup of rice with 1 cup of water. If you don't have rice cooker, you could boil rice directly by using 1 cup of rice with 1.5 cup of water.
取魚排,我切魚排的技術很差,切的亂七八糟,很努力幫大家找中文的教學影片,但台灣好像很少人這樣吃魚,所以只有找到這個,勉強算是,不過比起西餐的取魚排,好像遜掉了,若不排斥看英文版的,下面有附上連結 how to cook-fillet a fish 和 how to scale, gut & fillet a fish
fillet your sea bass. I'm really not good at fillet fish. Here is the video to teach how to fillet a fish.
BBC How to cook- fillet a fish
How to scale, gut & fillet a fish
make sure you gut everything inside of fish, even using knife to scratch the bones. You'll find that there are more blood hided. The reason to clean it throughly is to prevent fish smell. (please refer the the pic above)
In a food processor or blender, whiz up the coriander stalks, half of the coriander leaves, the ginger, garlic, halved chillies, sesame oil, soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, salt, lime juice and zest and the coconut. This will give you a lovely fragrant Thai-style paste. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200c
Pour your Thai paste over the rice and mix it very well, then shake it out flat. Lay the sea bass fillets on top, scatter over the beans and tomatoes or any peas you like
I put the fish bone into the roasting try to give rice more fish stock. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil and put it in the preheated oven 200c for around 20 minutes
Mine work is not as pretty as the recipe. Here is what it suppose look like, especially divide into plates. lol..
The other dish. chicken thigh!
When I saw the recipe, I think it would be simple. Well, you know, cook rice, fillet fish, make the paste and bake it. However, it's not simple for me, cos I have to cook and photograph at the same time, so I have to admit that I screw it up. lol, anyway, my rice is too wet and the texture is missing. The recipe I post is revised. Overall, I like the rice flavour especially soak the fish stock and mix of coconut. Coriander play the main role in the dish, it gives fragrant. The other thing worth to improve, fish meat is too little!! I'll kill 2 fishes next time!!lol...