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My third dish for the Chinese New year reunion dinner to greet the Year of Boar is steamed Pomphret (Pomfret) fish. This fish is a little pricey, and especially so during the Chinese festive season, however, it is very difficult to find a better fish as far as steamed fish dishes go.

Steamed Pomphret with garlic, ginger, and mushroom
looking at this is making me hungry again


  • a good size pomphret fish (preferably around 1KG)
  • shitake mushroom
  • chopped garlic
  • finely sliced ginger
  • salt
  • soya sauce
  • pork fat (optional)


  • clean the fish throughly and rub both sides with salt
  • put the sliced mushroom, garlic, and ginger evenly on the fish
  • sliced some pork fat (I got them from the roasted pork in the HK kailan dish)
  • add some soya sauce to the fish
  • steam it for about 15 minutes, and let the fish sit in the steamer for another 5 minutes after switching off the fire
  • be very careful not to spill the very hot dish while transferring it from the steamer to dining table

Steamed Pomphret with garlic, ginger, and mushroom
can you spot the secret ingredient?

This dish turned out excellent as expected, the secret ingredient (pork fat) makes the fish even smoother and adds a layer of that Year of Pig aroma that is irreplaceable. The garlic and ginger removes any fishy smell that might be present, and the mushroom gives a different taste and texture to enrich the whole experience.

I think adding a little bit of parsley might give a better presentation, sort of like how I dressed up the fried pomphret. You can try this method with other type of fish too, though the result might be less optimal.

Discuss : KY cooks – Steamed Pomphret (CNY reunion dinner)

  1. hmmm we always add some salty vege (pickled vege or something) to steam with the fish.

    why you never cook for me?

  2. Wah one dinner can kau 3 posts ah, very efficient 😉

  3. I also want to makan…

  4. Suan,
    My kitchen is not big enough for a Suan.

    It’s 3 recipes ok. hehe


  5. cant wait for a wedding dinner 8 course meal related posts then…

  6. WOW! u so pandai know how to add pork fat also. Salute you! Adding fish oil or sesame oil lagi will make it more yummy!

  7. wahhh…i never knew about the pork fat thing….

  8. pigsrgreat

    wow …pork fat ? not fried pork lard ?
    i dont see how it goes together with the dish …weird ..

  9. steamed fish? yes…pomfret is good….but Black Cod is also damn good….and some species of grouper and some freshwater fish also

  10. […] fish meat a softer and smoother texture, and of course, that pork fat flavor. I do that too when steaming pomphret fish (hey, I cook too […]

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