Thai Steamed Fish (Pla Kapong Neung Manao - ปลากะพงนึ่งมะนาว)
Thai Steamed Fish is not only super easy and quick to cook, you find all flavours--savoury, garlicky, sourish, sweet and spicy--in one dish. Using very simple ingredients that you might already have in your kitchen, you get to serve this delicious Thai dish on your dining table in 15 minutes. Best served with rice and more chilli if you can take the heat!
3tbspfreshly squeezed lime juicefrom 1-2 green limes
Wash and mince chilli. Peel and mince garlic. Set aside.
Wash and chop off stems of cilantro and spring onion. Slice cilantro and spring onion into smaller pieces. Set aside half of the cut cilantro - half to be used in sauce and half as garnish.
Chop off top and bottom of lemongrass. Bruise the bottom part of lemongrass by pounding with the back of knife to release its aroma.
Make 4 diagonal slits on both sides of fish, cut until the knife touches the bone.
Stuff lemongrass into the cavity of the fish
Add water to pot and bring to boil over high heat. Once water boils, place fish on a plate into the steamer and cover with lid. (I used a wide pot and a silicon steaming base for this purpose as I do not have a steamer set). Steam for about 12-15 minutes depending on size of fish. I steamed the 500g fish for about 13 minutes.
Squeeze 3 tbsp of lime juice.
Prepare the sauce. Boil fish or chicken stock in a saucepan over low simmering heat. Add manuka honey and stir to mix well. Turn heat off.
Add chilli, garlic, cilantro, freshly squeezed lime juice and fish sauce. Mix well and set aside.
Check that fish is done steaming after about 12-15 minutes. Poke with a fork or chopstick, if it comes out clear and fish flakes easily, it's done. You can also check if the eyes popped out. Remove from steamer.
Garnish the plate by placing cilantro and spring onion on the base, then place fish on top. Pour sauce over the fish. Garnish with more cilantro.
Serve hot with white rice.
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