AT A GLANCE
"I like the lightness of steamed fish," says Liong. "Barramundi lends itself perfectly to steaming - it's so juicy and tender, and pairs well with heavier winter flavours like pickles and preserved vegetables. I also like the savoury acidity that mustard greens add to this dish." Start this recipe three days ahead to make the ginger oil and salted chilli.
|01||For ginger oil, blend oil and ginger in a blender until smooth, then place in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring and scraping base of pan often to prevent catching, until oil is fragrant (15-20 minutes). Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate in an airtight container for 3 days to infuse. Strain into a bowl through muslin or a fine strainer. This recipe makes more than you need here, but it will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for a month.|
|02||For salted chilli, process ingredients in a small food processor with a generous teaspoonful (6gm) of fine salt until finely chopped, then transfer to a container with a lid, cover and stand at room temperature overnight to ferment. Refrigerate in an airtight container until required.|
|03||For chilli bean paste, combine ingredients and salted chilli in a bowl, then refrigerate overnight for flavours to develop.|
|04||For white soy dressing, whisk ingredients and 50ml water in a bowl and set aside.|
|05||Place barramundi on a large plate that fits inside a large steamer. Cover generously with chilli bean paste, top with mustard greens and ginger, pour Shaoxing over and steam over high heat, until fish is cooked and a skewer inserted pierces the flesh easily (10-12 minutes).|
|06||To serve, transfer fish to a serving dish, pour dressing over, top with spring onions, coriander and Thai basil and drizzle with ginger oil to taste.|
Note Pickled mustard greens and fermented salted black beans are available from Asian supermarkets. White soy sauce, also called shiro shoyu, is available from Japanese grocers such as Tokyo Mart and Chef's Armoury.
A SAVOURY PINOT NOIR, SUCH AS A 2011 GLAETZER-DIXON RÊVEUR PINOT NOIR. , suggested by MASA NISHIMOTO