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“I LOVE Jimmy's Kitchen in Hong Kong - not the modern restaurant that is operating now, but the old one from the 1960's that was situated in Hong Kong Central. (The original Jimmy's Kitchen first opened in 1928 in Hong Kong.) This is my take on a favourite dish I used to have there many moons ago - curried fish; a whole fish cooked in the pan and lightly curried. You can make this as hot as you want - I always had it HOT when I ate it there! Use any firm white fish fillets, I use panga in France, but snapper, tilapia, sea bream or even plaice would be good. You can cut the fish into smaller pieces for ease of pan frying if you wish - I just like the "whole" fish effect on my plate when I serve this! No need to serve this with anything else other than piles of steamed or boiled white rice and maybe some radish pickle, sweet chilli sauce and soy sauce on the side. Adjust the heat to suit your guests or yourselves - and don't forget the ice cold San Miguel beer!”
4 Curried Fish Fillets

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Take the fish fillets and sprinkle them with the salt on both sides, allow them to sit for about 15 minutes.
  2. Whilst the fish is being salted, prepare the curry sauce. Heat the sesame oil in a wok or frying pan until hot and then fry the spring onions and garlic for about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the remaining curry sauce ingredients and turn the heat down, allow the sauce to simmer for about 2 to 4 minutes - then check the heat and seasoning and adjust to taste. If the sauce is too thick, add more coconut milk or some water.
  3. When you are ready to fry the fish, beat the egg in a large bowl, then dip the fish fillets in the cornflour and then into the beaten egg, making sure they are well coated on both sides.
  4. Heat up the groundnut oil in a large wok or frying pan until it is hot, and then shallow fry the fish fillets, in batches, until they are golden brown; this takes about 4 to 8 minutes on each side, depending on the type of fish you use and the thickness of the fillets. Drain the cooked fish fillets on kitchen paper.
  5. To serve, place the freshly fried fish fillets on to a large serving platter or individual plates and pour the hot curry sauce over the top. Garnish with fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves.
  6. Serve with steamed or boiled white rice and radish pickle, sweet chilli sauce and soy sauce.

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