- 1 grouper or red snapper (about 1 lb/500 g), cleaned, scaled and left whole
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) oil
- 4 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 6 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- spring onion, thinly sliced, to garnish
Black Bean Sauce:
- 1 small cake pressed tofu (about 5 oz/150 g), drained and diced
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 in (21/2 cm) ginger, minced
- 2–3 tablespoons salted whole black beans, slightly mashed
- 11/2 cups (375ml) water
- 3 shallots, diced
- 3 small tomatoes, cut into wedges
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 4 tablespoons water
- Season the fish with the salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a skillet large enough to hold the fish. Dip the seasoned fish in the cornstarch-water mixture and fry in the hot oil until crisp and golden brown, about 5 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
- Reserve 3 tablespoons of the oil in the skillet and drain away the rest. Make the Black Bean Sauce by frying the tofu lightly in the skillet for 3 minutes until golden brown. Add the minced garlic and ginger, and stir-fry lightly for a minute. Then add the black beans and water, and stir to mix well.
- Add the shallots and tomatoes. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cornstarch mixture and stir for 1 to 2 minutes until it thickens. Remove from the heat.
- Transfer the fish to a serving platter and ladle the sauce over it. Just before serving, drizzle the sesame oil over the fish and garnish with freshly sliced spring onion. Best served hot.
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