P.S a bag of fermented black beans costs less than $2 compared to a $5 jar, you do the maths!
serves 4 as part of a Chinese meal
600 g of rockling or other white fish
2 spring onions, julienne
1 red chili, julienne
1/2 cup of coriander leaves
for the sauce;
3 tbs of fermented black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tbs of sugar
2 tbs of light soy
1 tsp of sesame oil
1/3 cup of stock
1/3 cup of Chinese cooking wine
1 shallot, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
5 cm knob of ginger, chopped
2 bird chilies, chopped
Chop the aromatics.
Mash black beans with the back of a spoon then add in seasonings and stock.
Saute chopped ingredients with a little oil for about a minute.
Add black bean sauce mixture and continue to cook til syrupy. Mix in cooking wine.
Place fish fillets in a shallow bowl that would fit in your wok or steamer. Fill wok with boiling water and steam fish on high heat for 10 minutes. Check doneness after 8 minutes.
Remove fish from the steamer and garnish with spring onions, chili and coriander leaves.
Serve immediately with plenty of steamed rice.