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This is prepared from steaks of gapong kao (sea bass), but you could easily use another fish (it works very well with shark steaks).
4 half inch thick fish steaks.
2 tablespoon rice wine
2 tablespoon light soy sauce
2 tablespoon wheat flour
2 tablespoon rice flour
Dredge the fish in the marinade and leave to stand for about an hour so that the fish is infused with the flavour.
Heat oil for deep frying in a deep skillet or large wok over medium heat, and when it is hot, add the fish, turning once, until cooked through. Remove the fish, drain the excess oil, and place on the serving platter. You can cook the fish in a electric deep frier if you wish (high heat is not required). Serve with sauce (below).
1 onion, chopped,
1 sweet pepper, chopped
⅓ cup sugar
⅔ cup tomato catsup
¼ cup rice vinegar (or other white vinegar)
4 tablespoon rice wine
½ cup fish stock (or water)
½ cup pineapple pieces
The sweet pepper (prik wan) is a Thai equivalent of the bell pepper but is slightly less bitter. If you can't get rice wine, use a drinkable dry sherry.
In a small pan sauté the onion and sweet pepper, add the remaining ingredients, except the pineapple, and simmer until slightly reduced. Add about a tablespoon of cornstarch or rice flour to thicken the sauce, then add the pineapple and heat through.
Pour over the fish, and serve with steamed jasmine rice.