Steamed Fish on Soft Tofu with Black-bean Sauce
1 package (18 oz.) water-packed soft tofu
1 tablespoon Chinese black-bean garlic sauce
1 tablespoon Shaoxing rice wine (also called Shaohsing wine) or dry sherry
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons dark soy sauce (see Notes) or 1 1/2 tsp. regular soy sauce mixed with 1/2 tsp. molasses
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 pound skinned halibut or salmon fillet, about 1/2 in. thick
1 tablespoon peeled fresh ginger slivers
2 green onions, cut in 2-in.-long slivers
1. Drain the tofu and gently invert on a thick towel on a flat surface. Pat dry and allow to drain for 5 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, prepare the marinade: In a medium bowl, combine black bean sauce of garlic, Shaoxing rice wine, sesame oil, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, garlic and sugar. Set aside.
3. Pour 1-3 inches of water in the bottom of a steamer Place rack of at least 1 cm above the water surface. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat.
4. While water is coming to a boil, tofu cut in half lengthwise, then cut each half into rectangles diagonally 1/2 inch thick. Lay tofu in a single layer in a 9 - to 10-in. heat resistant glass pie pan, keep the pieces that do not fit for further use.
5. Rinse fish, pat dry and cut into pieces about the same size as the tofu. Add the reserved marinade fish and toss to coat. Place fish marinated tofu and spoon on top. Sprinkle ginger evenly over fish. 6. Set pie pan on rack. Cover and steam until the fish is just opaque center at the thickest part (to confront), 6-8 minutes (fish will continue to cook after removing from heat).
7. Turn off heat. Carefully lift pie pan steam. If it is difficult to remove, slide a wide spatula under pie pan to lift, then grab a handle mold. Sprinkle with chives. Steaming configurations. All you need is a container for holding water, a rack suspended over the water supply, and a lid to keep the steam in. Here are some possible combinations.
Wok and rack: A 14 - to 16-in. wok with domed lid and steam rack or a round cake pan. Set wok in a ring if it falters. This right of the frame in the wok, sloping sides held the rack above the water. The wide opening makes it relatively easy to remove the cooked dish.
Bamboo steamer: Chinese bamboo steamer baskets stackable with lid. Set a 10 - to 12-in. right basket in a 14 - to 16-in. wok (make sure the bottom edge is covered by water, such as baskets easily burn, add boiling water if necessary). Baskets layer to cook more than one dish.
Vapor Metal: Chinese steamed bread topped with stackable baskets and a domed lid. Choose a 10 - to 12-inches wide steam for added versatility. Stacking baskets can cook multiple dishes at once.
Western style: a deep pan, wide or kettle with a lid, a round cake pan, and 3 empty cans. Set 2 - to 3 inches tall cans (both ends removed) in pan (or use the edge of springform pan cheese). Cover with a round cake pan and place the pie pan on it, cover to steam.