Fish is at the heart of every Chinese New Year meal as it signifies ‘abundance’ (of riches, health, happiness, etc.) during the following year. Traditionally, the fish – normally a sea bass – would be steamed whole.
4 salmon steaks (approximately 450g)
2 spring onions, chopped into rings
fresh coriander sprigs, to finish (optional)
boiled or steamed rice, to serve
For the black bean sauce:
2 tbsp Chinese fermented black beans, rinsed and mashed
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 thumb-sized slices of ginger, shredded
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tsp Shaoxing rice wine
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp white pepper
a dash of sesame oil
2 tsp vegetable oil
1. Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl and mix well.
2. Place the salmon steaks on a heat-proof plate and spoon over the black bean sauce.
3. Steam above a high heat for 10-15 minutes until cooked.
4. Sprinkle the spring onions and coriander over the top of the steaks and serve at once with boiled or steamed rice.