A week ago we bought three garupa fish for something like RM 25 from the Meru Pasar Malam nearby, and since we’re going to have to eat the same fish on three different occasions, it was an opportunity to try out different recipes.
I vaguely remember that we bought some fermented beans (tauchu) over CNY cos my brother had used it as a “secret ingredient” in his version of jiu hu char, so it was time to experiment on a version of garupa with tauchu dish.
Thankfully, the version I ended up cooking based on what we had in the pantry and fridge ended up rather delicious, so I’m penning it here for my own future reference. As always, you’re more than welcome to try it out yourself, and if you do, let me know how it turns out.
- one medium size garupa fish (siakap/barramundi should work too)
- a couple of onions (sliced)
- half a clove garlic (chopped)
- an inch of ginger (strips)
- 2 tablespoon of tauchu
- 2-3 tablespoon of cooking oil
- half a dozen chili padi, green or red
- heat up cooking oil and then stir fry everything except the fish
- once fragrant, add 1.5 cups of water
- bring water to boil, then add fish
- lower the heat, let simmer and cover for 10-15 minutes (depending on thickness of fish)
- serve while hot
As fermented bean is already quite a salty product, salt is not needed in this cooking method. The result is a simple fish dish that brings out the natural taste of seafood while having a sauce base that’s flavorful with a bit of a kick. Goes really well with rice. Will not hesitate to use this recipe again.