Monday, October 28, 2013

braised threadfin with fermented soybeans

I love fish. I love it cooked in any way.

Unfortunately, I am (thus far) the only one at home who likes fish. The LAM is not too keen on it as he did not really eat a lot of fish growing up - fish and chips is not counted - and the kids are too young to appreciate fish.

Because of this, I usually end up cooking one portion of fish for myself. :)

Fermented black beans, however, is extremely popular in our household. Everyone loves fermented black beans. 

So today, I am sharing a recipe for fish braised with fermented black beans.

For this dish, I have used threadfin, but you should be able to use snapper or any other good fish with white flesh.

To start, I shredded some ginger as finely as possible, and sliced a chilli.

I also soaked some black beans in water.

The fish was dried on some kitchen towel.

I then fried the fish in some vegetable oil until both sides turned brown.

Once both sides had been browned, I placed the fish on a plate, and using the remaining oil, I stir-fried the ginger and chilli.

The black beans were added.

And the fish was returned to the skillet. I added some water as well as dark soy sauce.

I lowered the heat and braised the fish for about 5 minutes.

And it was served immediately. Preferably with rice.

Braised Fish with Fermented Soybeans (Serves 2)
Adapted from "Truly Hakka Delights" by Chong Moi Eng

1 piece white fish - I used threadfin
5cm piece ginger, peeled and finely shredded
2 tablespoons fermented soybeans, soaked and drained
2 chilli, sliced thinly
1/4 cup water
1 tsp dark soy sauce

1. Add oil to a killet. Fry fish on both sides until browned.
2. Transfer fish to a plate. Add ginger and chilli to the oil. Fry for a minute.
3. Add fermented soybeans. Return fish to skillt.
4. Add water and dark soy sauce.
5. Reduce heat to low. Braise fish for about 5-8 minutes, depending on thickness of fish.

I am submitting this recipe for Little Thumbs Up hosted by Mich from Piece of Cake, Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and Doreen from my little favourite DIY.

And sharing this with Cook-Your-Books hosted by Kitchen Flavours.


  1. Hi Diana,

    Nice that no one will be fighting with you to eat this delicious braised threadfin :) Enjoy!


  2. Hi Diana,
    This looks delicious, I could eat my rice with just this one dish alone!
    I love fish, and luckily so do my family! My son loves steam fish, while the daughter love fried ones.
    Thanks for sharing with CYB!

  3. This braised threadfin looks delicious! Love the shredded ginger and chilli on top.