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Friday, March 9, 2012

Braised Spanish Mackerel With Soy Sauce and Mirin

This is a simple and healthy 3 dish meal for 2 that costs less than Ringgit 10.00.  Not too bad idea of simple dishes if you are looking for some non-spicy food for dinner.
The above picture shows the 3 dishes that goes well with plain white rice: 
  • Braised Spanish Mackerel with Soy Sauce and Mirin
  • Miso Tofu and Seaweed Soup
  • Salad leaves, cherry tomato Yoghurt Salad
BRAISED SPANISH MACKEREL WITH SOY SAUCE AND MIRIN
2 pieces Spanish mackerel - clean and pat dry
3-5 spices ginger [more if you love ginger]
1 stalk spring onions - cut slantwise about 1 inch lengths [keep some for garnishing]
2 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp mirin
dash of pepper
1-2 tbsp oil
  1. Pan fry Spanish mackerel with oil in non-stick pan until both sides are golden brown.  Push aside.
  2. Use the remaining oil to saute ginger slices and part of the spring onions until fragrant [maybe slightly brown].
  3. Add in soy sauce from around the wok followed by mirin and pepper.  Bring it to a bubbly boil.  Push the fried fish slices back into the sauce to braise until sauce is slightly thickened [1-2 seconds].  Flip over fish slices for 1 time so that it is well coated with sauce.   Very quick process.
  4. Dish out to serve with garnishing [spring onions].
  5. Serve with rice.
Note:  Can also use Salmon slices but reduce the oil quantity.
JAPANESE MISO TOFU SOUP
400 ml water
1 piece soft tofu - cut big cubes
1 small piece seaweed [hai tai] - wash and soak in water for a few minutes - cut wide strips
2 tbsp Japanese Miso paste
  1. Mix miso paste with some of the water until well mixed.  Set aside
  2. Bring water to boil in a soup pot.  Add in miso paste mix and seaweed 'hai tai' and tofu cubes.  Let it boil again, then lower heat to simmer for another 5-10 minutes.
  3. Serve hot with rice.
SALAD LEAVES, CHERRY TOMATO WITH YOGHURT SALAD
Some salad leaves - washed and break into small pieces
some cherry tomatoes - cut half
1 small tub plain yoghurt [about 135 gm]
1/2 tsp fish sauce
juice of 1 calamasi lime
1 tsp sugar [optional]
  • Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate until serving time.

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