After 6 days of oats and spinach diet, I figured it is probably a good idea to slowly have some non-plant based food inside my tummy to get things going again. Better start things off with fish.
Let me tell you one of the persistent traits of a lazy man: he dislikes any foodstuff that requires extensive effort to consume. It is not to say he will never eat them, but when he is grocery shopping for himself, he actively avoids crabs and prawns. When he buys chicken, he only goes for chicken breast fillets. When he buys shrimps, he only goes for the more expensive isi udang (de-shelled shrimps). And when he buys fish, he only goes for those frozen boneless fish fillets, like dory or sutchi.
People say only fresh fish can be steamed if you want good tasting fish. Fish fillets are only good to be grilled or deep fried. For lazy man, he will just show his middle finger to the person who tries to tell him that.
So this is what I did for today’s brunch, I did not refer to any videos or recipes. But then, steamed fish is like so common, the recipes should all be more or less the same, no?
- 2x frozen fish fillets
- big bunch of spinach
- some enoki mushrooms
- a few cherry tomatoes
- half a lemon
- salt, pepper,
parsley, mint, basil, cloveand olive oil (leave those leafy herbs sh*t for Jamie Oliver and his not-so-simple simple recipes)
- Soak the fish fillets in big pot of water to defrost. Use warm water to speed things up. DO NOT use boiling water, the fish will be cooked before you do anything.
- While waiting, wash and cut up spinach and enoki. Spinach generally comes with a lot of dirt in them, so wash much more thoroughly.
- Lay the spinach and enoki on a big metal plate.
- Marinate fish with salt and pepper. Lay them on top of the spinach and enoki.
- Wash and cut up cherry tomatoes. Lay them on top of the fish.
- Squeeze half a lemon and let the juice flow all over the fish.
- Drizzle the whole mess with olive oil.
- Prepare the pot with water and the steaming stand.
- Put the plate of fish onto the stand and cover the lid.
- Bring the pot of water to boil, and let the fish sit in the pot for 10 minutes. This is if you put the fish in at the start, if you prefer to get the water to boil first before putting the fish in, then 5 minutes will do, I suppose. I don’t know, I’ve never tried it that way. Don’t like putting a plate with my hands on top of a steaming hot pot, my clumsy hands means high risk of the plate going to the floor instead.
- Done. Eat.
I always have 2 fish fillets instead of 1, because I don’t have any rice with it, 1 fish fillet will simply not be enough to make me full. It is only enough to sip la (fill the gaps), so to speak.