Claypot Fishhead – “Sha Guo Yu Tou”

2012-07-23
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  • Servings : 5
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Ingredients:

- 1 large good quality fishhead (halved and washed)

- 1 piece of pork belly thinly sliced and rub in some corn starch (you may also use roasted pork belly)

- Corn starch for dusting and deep frying fishhead

- Half the Chinese cabbage and roughly chopped (you can use the whole cabbage  if you prefer)

- 1 large carrot sliced

- 2 stalks of celery cut into chunks

- 1 small can of button mushrooms (Cut mushrooms into halves)

- Some baby corn (optional)

- One block of toufu, cubed (optional)

- Yam cut into chunks (optional)

- 2 inches of ginger thinly sliced

- 3 cloves of garlic diced

- Scallions and cilantro for garnishing

- 1 tbsp of Thai fishsauce (you may modify the amount depending on your liking)

- 1 tbsp of oyster sauce

- 1 1/2 cup of unsalted or lightly salted chicken stock

- 1 tsp of dark soy sauce (more if you like a darker sauce)

- 1 tsp of sesame oil

- 1 tbsp of chinese rice wine

- Oil for frying and cooking

-  White pepper and salt to be added to your liking

- Some water for simmering

- Corn starch for thickening the sauce slightly

Directions:

- Heat up a fair amount of corn or peanut oil for deep frying the fishhead.

- Coat both half of the fishhead with cornstarch and fry them till slightly golden on each sides. Put 3 to 4 pieces of ginger slices in to fry as well.

- Set aside to drain of excess oil.

- ** If using toufu, you can continue to fry the toufu and set aside.

- Remove oil from the wok. Leave about 2 tbsp with the ginger behind for frying the vegetables and meat.

- Put in remaining ginger slices and garlic and fry till fragrant.

- Add pork belly, some dark soy sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce, rice wine, sesame oil and stirfry for about 2 mins.

- Add the mushrooms, yam and all vegetables to the wok and stirfry for about 2 mins mixing the ingredients around.

- Add the chicken stock and cover to allow some simmering till vegetables and pork slices are soften.

- Add salt and white pepper to your liking.

- Meantime, place the fried fishhead and toufu in a large claypot or casserole, pour in the vegetable and gravy over the fishhead. You may need to add some hot water so that the gravy  fishhead will be partially covered.

- If you are not serving immediately, just cover the pot and set aside. Before serving, add some cornstarch mixture (about 2 tbsp or cornstarch to 1 tbsp of water) to thicken the sauce, allow to simmer and bring to a boil on low heat.

- Garnish with scallions and cilantro before serving.

This dish is delicious and you can prepare in advance to be served later. Yummy and easy!!

I am a WAHM and has developed the love for cooking eversince I became a mother. I see cooking as a much needed skill a mom should master because I do not want my family to order tingkat or have to eat out everyday. My mom and MIL has provided alot of tips from time to time. I am so glad a friend of mind added me to Munch Ministry. I am able to learn even more from some really good home chefs. :)

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