How to make Cantonese Fish -

Fish cooked with bamboo shoots in a Cantonese sauce

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from the book Best of Chinese Cooking.

Main Ingredients : Fish Fillets (फिश फिले), Bambo shoot

Cuisine : Chinese

Course : Main Course Seafood

Cantonese Fish

Cantonese Fish Recipe Card


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Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve :

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Cantonese Fish Recipe

  • Fish Fillets cut into 1½ inch cubes 400 grams

  • Bambo shoot 3 tablespoons

  • Oil 3 tbsps + to deep fry

  • Bamboo shoots 1 slice

  • Ginger sliced thinly 2 inch piece

  • Celery sliced thinly 1 stalk

  • Spring onions sliced thinly 2

  • Carrot sliced thinly 1 medium

  • Soy sauce 2 tablespoons

  • MSG 1/4 teaspoon

  • White pepper powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Sugar 1/2 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • White wine 1/2 cup

  • Chicken stock 1/2 cup


Step 1

Roll the fish pieces in three tablespoons cornflour. Heat sufficient oil in a wok and deep fry the fish pieces for a minute. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 2

Soak the bamboo shoot slice in one cup of hot water for ten minutes. Drain and slice. Heat three tablespoons oil in a wok or a pan, add the ginger, celery and spring onions and stir fry for one minute.

Step 3

Add carrot and bamboo shoot and continue to stir fry for half a minute. Add soy sauce, MSG, white pepper powder, sugar, salt, white wine and stock. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for three to four minutes.

Step 4

Gently slide in the fried fish pieces and continue to simmer for a minute, without stirring. Serve hot.

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