Saturday, 17 November 2012

Fried Tilapia in Sweet Sauce


 
I am bound for Manila this afternoon to fix a few things before I leave the country.  Sigh... I'm dreading yet another arduous long bus travel.  Though it is a night trip, I won't be able to get a good sleep as always :-(  Up to the moment, I still can't figure out how to stuff my things in the luggage.  Which stuff do I need to bring and which to leave behind :-(  I'll try to figure that out may be next week when I am cramming.  My brains seems to work efficiently genius when I cram :-) (evil grin)

So for last night's supper, we requested a sweet and sour tilapia from Mammy but she said that the kids might not like it so she cooked a sweeter version of it using banana catsup.  As it turned out, the kids did love it.    

Sweet and sour involves adding a souring agent like vinegar and a sweetener and then the taste is balanced with salt.  The resulting sauce is colored orange or sometimes reddish orange.  The dish that Mammy cooked is sweet as it is without her placing additional sugar.  And the color of the sauce is a bit dark reddish-orange that's why my eldest 3-year old nephew called this fish dish "bloody tilapia". 

By the way, I have posted a few days ago, my recipe of Sweet & Sour fish (click Sweet & Sour Imelda ) you can try it if you are not much of a sweet tooth :-) the dish comes with a sauce that has a delicious blend of sweetness and sourness.  Oh, Mammy didn't add paminta (black pepper) to this dish because of the little ones. 

My husband will love this dish :-). I just need to add a few vegetables like bell pepper and carrots or even radish 



     FRIED TILAPIA IN SWEET SAUCE

Ingredients:

Tilapia, sliced into 2 - 3 whole

Sweet Sauce:
 
Garlic, crushed - 5 cloves
Onions, diced - 2 large
Ginger, julienned - 1 thumbsize
Banana Catsup (UFC) - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Cornstarch
Water - 1 cup

Cooking Procedure:

1.  Fry the fish until it is brown on both sides.  Place it on paper towels to remove excess oil.
2.  Heat oil in a wok then sauté the garlic, onions, and ginger until they are aromatic. 

3.  Pour in the water, catsup, salt, ground black pepper, and the cornstarch dissolved in a small amount of water.  Stir bring to a simmer under medium fire.

4.  Toss in the fried tilapia and let the sauce simmer until it thickens.


Your kids will love this :-)

© Fresha-licious (17November2012)

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