AT A GLANCE
|01||Put the green onion in a large shallow heatproof bowl and place the fish on top. Combine the black beans, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil and Shaoxing and pour over the fish. Put the bowl in a large bamboo steamer over a saucepan or a wok of rapidly boiling water, cover with the lid and steam until the fish is just cooked through (7-8 minutes). Carefully remove the bowl from the steamer.|
|02||Heat the peanut oil in a small saucepan until just smoking and douse the fish with the hot oil before serving.|
Note Fermented black beans and Shaoxing wine are available from Asian supermarkets.
Variations Prawns and scallops are great with this sauce, but you could use any fish you like. I sometimes cook large Pacific oysters this way as well; they make a great starter for a grand gathering. If you really want to spoil your guests, split a lobster or chop up a mud crab – that would turn your meal into a royal banquet. Chicken thighs and pork spare ribs also go well with this sauce. As a matter of fact, it goes well with just about anything.