Fish is a must-have for Chinese New Year for its auspicious association - the word is a homonym for abundance.
The phrase "nian nian you yu" means "abundance year after year".
You do not have to wait for the festive season to tuck into this dish of stir-fried red snapper.
You can substitute red snapper with any other fish, as long as the meat is firm enough to withstand the frying process.
Debone the fillet, so the bones do not get in the way when you are eating it.
When you cook this dish, high heat is needed to achieve the best result.
This dish does not give you the luxury of dawdling because once left to linger in the heat for too long, the fish gets overcooked.
Using cornflour in the marinade for the fish helps to firm up the meat.
On ordinary days, this dish is good enough to serve up with rice for a one-dish meal.
This article was first published on Feb 8, 2015.
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