Hong Kong Fish in Curry Sauce
This easy and delicious dish can also be prepared with chicken, shrimp or scallops. Note this recipe has been updated to reflect gracious suggestions from Ready Set Cook #9 Contest reviewers.
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- 1 lb fish fillet, any white fish such as orange roughy, tilapia, flounder
- 1 cup white onion, sliced
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 3 white potatoes, peeled and sliced in 1/4 inch pieces
- 1 medium carrot, peeled and sliced
- 4 tablespoons peanut oil, for frying
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg white, folded delicately with a rubber spatula (not beaten)
- 1 dash pepper
- 1 (13 1/2 ounce) can coconut milk or (13 ounce) can light coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon powder
- In two separate bowls, mix together marinade and flavoring sauce ingredients.
- Cut fillet into 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inch pieces.
- Dry the fish with a clean kitchen towel, pressing out any excess water.
- Marinate fish for 15 minutes.
- In a skillet, heat 2 T oil over medium-high heat and pan fry the fish on both sides until lightly browned, about one to two minutes per side; transfer fish to serving platter.
- Heat 2 T oil over high heat; stir fry the onions for a few seconds.
- Add the curry powder, potatoes and carrots; stir fry until well-blended.
- Add the flavoring sauce; cover and cook over medium heat until the potatoes and carrots are tender, about 12 minutes.
- Return fish to pan and mix gently.
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RSC #9 review: Maybe I'm obtuse, but this recipe was hard to understand. 1 lb fish is not enough for 6 servings for normal appetites. The veggies were fine, but the curry powder ... I used a very mild Malay type, but 1 Tbls, if stronger, would be totally overpowering. Instructions were not very clear, but I assumed I should mix together the ingredients for the "flavoring sauce". But it was the fish marinade which really puzzled me, as it was more like a coating for fish fried in deep oil than a marinade. The resultant dish was "soupy" -- did I misunderstand something?? -- and really not to our taste. I'm sorry, in case I really did not understand the recipe correctly: the instructions were scant. The cook tried her best with ingredients which were not easy to work with. Good luck with any other other recipes!Reply
First the marinade should be in the directions on what should be done with the ingredients. I mixed all the marinade ingredients together. But after making I think that the cornstarch should have been on the fish(scallops) AS A DUSTING BEFORE FRYING. I did paper towel dry very well and they did splatter quite a bit when frying from the marinade. May be helpful if done in a wok. The potatoes and carrots had to be cooked for at least 20 minutes. The sauce could have used a good squeeze of fresh lime juice or and fish sauce! A garnish of fresh cilantro, limes,or and scallions would have given this that extra little something. I liked the curry.Serving 3 people the most. Thank you!Reply
This dish is good and we enjoyed it. The fish, potatoes and carrots made a complete meal. I used cod and would highly recommend staying with either tilapia or flounder as I think the fillets were a little thick for this dish. For me, I would increase the carrots and decrease the amount of potatoes. The seasme oil was a little overpowering and drowned out the other flavors. I felt it needed a little more zip; possibly a jalapeno pepper or some red pepper flakes. Good luck in the contest.Reply
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