Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sweet And Sour Fish Fingers 糖醋魚柳

If you have been following my blog for a while you might remember the Sichuan style sweet and sour chicken spareribs I posted a while back. I am doing a brief introduction again for my new readers and to refresh your memory, just in case. Sweet and sour dishes are often referred to as 糖醋 dishes (pronounced tang cu, meaning sugar and vinegar) in most parts of China and the vinegar used here is of course the fragrant Chinkiang black vinegar.  I made this dish when my best friend A came over to visit during the Queen's birthday long weekend. 
P.S Coming soon - Sweet and sour Cantonese style

serves 4 as part of a Chinese meal
you'll need;
600 g of flatheads fillets or any white fleshed fish
dash of Chinese cooking wine
dash of soy
dash of sesame oil
rice flour for coating
cucumber slices to serve
toasted sesame seeds
2 spring onions, julienne

for the sauce;
3 tbs of Chinkiang black vinegar
2 tbs of light soy
4 tbs of sugar
dash of sesame oil
1.5 tbs of corn flour
2 garlic cloves, chopped
3 cm knob of ginger, minced
1/2 cup of stock
Mix everything in a bowl except ginger and garlic.

Prepare the ingredients for sauce. Set aside.

Cut fish into bite size pieces, marinate briefly with soy, cooking wine and sesame oil then coat with rice flour.

Fry fish pieces in batches til golden and crispy. Drain and set aside.

Place drained fried fish pieces on a plate and garnish with some cucumber slices.

Fry ginger and garlic with a little cooking oil then pour in the sauce mixture. Cook til thicken and slightly syrupy.

Pour sauce over the fried fish pieces. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and garnish with some julienne spring onions.


  1. They look great and I have all the ingredients. I'm making this tomorrow. Thanks!

    p/s: I made an Oyakodon and adapted some concepts from your Oyakodon. They tasted great.I'm glad I referred to your blog first before attempting it! Thanks again!

  2. We love the sweet and sour spareribs and we always have a bottle of the Chinkiang vinegar in our kitchen these days. Trying out your Thai style chicken rice for dinner tonight, have made the sauce and it is to die for! Will update on the final result!

  3. hi tummy! u always make me hungry again! uuuwaaarrghhh... sgt tension lorr sbb i tak dpt rasa ughhhh! :D

  4. I grew up eating the Cantonese style sweet and sour dishes in bright orange sauce so I am very curious to try this Sichuanese version. Looks very delicious as always!

  5. Wow crispy fingers makes me hungry...delicious dish..

  6. hohohooo.. drooling sudahh! nanti i nak cubalah tummy! i sub bhn2 yg tak boleh tuh.. thanx 4 sharing!

  7. mmm, this was so delicious and great work finding picture that were usable. love you, call me! xx

  8. It is a crime if I don't give this a try since I already have everything except for the fish. Can I use snapper and should I leave the skin on? Thank you!

  9. hi tummy..tak sia2 makcik singgah dapur tummy..another great n must dish during makcik fasting month..tenguk gambar dah membuat perut makcik lapar..thanks for sharing..

  10. That looks like a restaurant meal! Crispy fish with that delicious sauce, it is a YES from me!

  11. haiyah you make me hungry ma...baru sek fan tapi dah lapar kembali:)..thanks for the recipe:)

  12. j'adore tes recettes elles sont toutes délicieuses à noter
    bonne journée

  13. What a beautiful presentation! The sweet and sour combo draws my appetite. Just right for summer :)

  14. So delicious...great presentation!

  15. Beautiful dish! The sauce with the sesame seeds looks awsome! Love the chicken version too!

  16. oh wow love this I am looking for Chinese vinegar now

  17. ha ha, for a minute there I thought you meant frozen fish fingers! These are much better, and sound fantastic:)

  18. This is really lovely to look at. If it tastes half as good as it looks you have created a winner of a dish to share with us. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  19. I think I need to self invite for dinner!

  20. You always make everything look so good. I want to run right out and get everything so I can make it!

  21. Quinn ,
    Thank you! Please do, it is easy and delicious!
    I am glad you find the recipe useful!

    love to eat ,
    Thank you and I am glad you are a fan of this version of sweet and sour.
    Please let me know!

    ijayuji ,
    Oh terima kasih! Masak ni besok? haha

    Haha most people do! I will be doing a Cantonese version without that awful orange sauce so stay tuned.

    Thank you very much!

    hana ,
    Haha terima kasih! Cubalah resipinya begetu senang sekali :)

    Thank you darling! They are a lot clearer than I expected as well. Give you a call tomorrow xxx

    Thank you! Snapper is great and keep the skin, it is delicious with the crispy skin on.

    mohdandmeriam ,
    Terima kasih makcik! Bulan puasa start bila?

    Yasmin ,
    Thank you very much! Just a simple home cooked dinner!

    Terima kasih makcik, mari tukar sedikit ayam goreng tu!

    Merci beaucoup!

    the lacquer spoon ,
    Thank you very much! It is freezing here!

    Liana10 ,
    Thank you very much!

    KL girl in MELB,
    Thank you very much! Do try!

    Chow and Chatter,
    Thank you very much! Get a few bottles!

    shaz ,
    Haha I was not sure how to name the dish, should just call it sweet and sour fillets. Thank you!

    Mary ,
    Thank you very much! It actually taste better than it looks :)

    Please do! :)

    Oh thank you very much! It is good the Asian grocer is so close!

  22. I love 糖醋 dishes! I think it is much better than the Cantonese version lol

  23. Another great dish!!! That is wonderful with the toasted sesame seeds and I bet it is delicious! Yum!!!

  24. Hey darling we are in Auckland at the moment, off to Christchurch tomorrow. We are still trying to arrange a flight to come see you. Miss you and miss your food, maybe this can be on the menu!

    Sophia and Vijay xxx

  25. Mmm...looks like another restaurant dish :)

  26. Looks so delicious and crispy.. following you!

  27. Easy and delicious! you could whip this up on the fly! and I will take anything fried especially this! ;)

    How are you by the way?

  28. This looks so delicious...and I love chinese food!

  29. Oh yes, sweet and sour anything in ths house - from scratch. Await every sweet and sour meal ... and as soon as show this to my family, they'll be printing out the ingredients ...

  30. man..your family is so lucky! eating all this good food everyday!

  31. 好羨慕你的朋友呀、還有菜的賣像太好了。

  32. WOW! Crispy fingers.. one of my faves meals!
    Yours looks so tasty and one more thing!
    No-one can resist it.
    Great pictures! (I'm jealous! LOL!)
    ~B xx

  33. That is a great dish to have with a good friend. Looks fantastic as usual buddy!

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  38. I love this recipe but more than frying my fish I like to either bake or grill my crispy fish fingers.


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