When visited China for the first time about 9 years ago I had this menu and I always remember how delicious it was, specially because I had it after a long work day and meeting. I was hungry, tired, and it had fish (I like fish), what a perfect dinner. Now I try to recreate the taste in my kitchen, I think it is close but something is still missing, probably I am not as hungry or tired as it was 🙂
1. Prepare 1C sliced celery, 1/2 C shiitake mushroom ( preferably the fresh ones ), 2 cloves of garlic-chopped, 1C fish fillet (I use sole fish, snapper or cod fillet will do). For the sauce, mix 1.5 tbsp rice cooking wine, 1 tbsp fish sauce, 1 tbsp sesame oil, 3 dash white pepper. Marinate the fish fillet in the mixture of 1tsp ginger juice, 1tbsp rice cooking wine, 1 tbsp all purpose flour, and 1 tbsp tapioca for 10 minutes.
2. Quick fry the fish fillet in 1 tbsp oil until golden brown, set aside.
3. Add 1 tbsp oil to the pan, add chopped garlic then celery and mushroom, saute for +/- 3 minutes. Pour the sauce mixture then add the fillet. Stir until well combined and the liquid reduced.
4. Add the mixture of 1/3C water + 1tsp tapioca on the last, this is to get the shine coating look, stir well, serve.
5. Bon appétit.