Chinese-style Fish Fillet With Sticky Corn Sauce
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Chinese-style Fish Fillet With Sticky Corn Sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Connie Veneracion

Ingredients

For the sticky corn sauce

  • 1/2 cup sweet corn kernels (I used canned)
  • 2 cups liquid from the canned corn plus enough vegetable broth to make 2 cups
  • 2 teaspoons tapioca starch or corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 small onion peeled and thinly sliced
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

To cook the fish

  • 600 to 700 grams fish fillets any firm and fleshy fish is good
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca starch or corn starch
  • 2 to 3 cups cooking oil for frying

Instructions

Make the sauce

  • Roughly chop the corn kernels.
  • Stir the starch into the liquid from the can (plus vegetable broth) until dissolved.
  • In a sauce pan, heat the cooking oil. Saute the garlic and onion until aromatic and softened. Add the corn and continue cooking until heated through.
  • Stir the starch solution again (the starch has a nasty way of settling at the bottom) and pour into the pan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until thickened and clear. Simmer uncovered for five minutes.
  • Off the heat, season the sauce with salt and pepper. Keep hot.

Cook the fish

  • Over high heat, start heating the cooking oil in a wok or frying pan.
  • Wipe the fish fillets dry with paper towels. Cut into serving size pieces. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Whisk the flour and starch together. Pour in enough ice-cold water to make a fairly thin batter (the ideal consistency is thinner than pancake batter).
  • Dip each piece of fish fillet in the flour-starch mixture to cover completely.
  • When the oil is hot (you should see fine wisps of smoke float on the surface), drop in the battered fish fillets. Cook in batches if necessary so as not to overcrowd the pan and make the temperature drop. Depending on the thickness of the fillets, cook for three to five minutes or until the batter has turn crisp and lightly browned and the fish is cooked all the way through. For even cooking, flip the fish fillet midway through the frying.
  • Arrange the fish fillets on a plate. Pour corn sauce over them. Optionally, you may garnish your Chinese-style fish fillet with sticky corn sauce with sliced scallions before serving.