This dish has a sweet and tangy taste that you simply can’t resist! This recipe is best served during dinner party or any festive season or festivals. Your guest will love it cause it looks really colorful and delish! Deep fried fish fillet coated in super rich and aromatic sauce that is loaded with colorful pepper, they are just so hard to resist!
Sweet and Sour Fish Fillet
500g cream dory fillet (ocean perch or other firm white fish)
½ cup flour
½ cup water
salt to taste
⅓ cup brown sugar
⅓ cup cider vinegar
1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in ½ cup water
½ cup pineapple chunks
½ carrot, shredded
½ small red pepper, chopped
½ small green pepper, chopped
⅔ cup sweet pickles
1 tomato, cut in wedges
1 tsp sesame oil
oil for deep frying
1. Slice the fish fillets into pieces about 2×1 inches. Dredge the pieces in cornstarch and allow to dry slightly on waxed paper. Mix together the flour, egg, water and salt to make a batter. Set aside.
2. Make the Sweet and Sour Sauce: In a separate small pot, dissolve the brown sugar in the vinegar over medium heat. Stir together the cornstarch and water and add it to the pot. Stir well. Add the pineapple, carrot, sweet pickles, sesame oil, peppers and tomato wedges. Cook for 3-5 minutes until the sauce is clear and not cloudy. Set the sauce aside.
3. Deep Frying Fish Fillet: Pour the oil about halfway up the wok. Turn the heat to a medium high setting. When the oil is heated, take a small piece of bread and place it in the oil. If the bread browns lightly on both sides fairly quickly, the oil is ready. If the bread does not brown immediately, the oil is not hot enough. If the bread turns dark brown or black, turn off the burner and allow the oil to cool for 5 minutes before testing again.
4. Place 8-10 pieces of fish in the batter. Carefully lift the pieces of fish from the batter into the oil. The fish will sink to the bottom and then rise up. When the fish rises, deep fry for 4 minutes, 2 minutes on each side. Remove the fish to paper towels to drain the excess oil. Repeat the process until all the pieces are fried.
5. Arrange the fish on a serving platter. Pour the reserved sauce over the fish upon serving and toss it well. Happy cooking and enjoy!
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