This recipe, which has been adapted from a recipe in "The Elephant Walk Cookbook", calls for a shocking amount of ginger. But don't let that scare you off. Browning the ginger mellows it's flavor leaving behind only a pleasant spiciness. Ginger has been used for centuries to treat stomach disorders and is also very high in antioxidants. Some people believe that eating ginger heats up the body and can help fight off colds. The traditional version of this Southeast Asian recipe is made using catfish but I prefer to use a firmer fish such as tilapia so that it doesn't disintegrate during cooking. This recipe makes only 2 servings but can easily be doubled. If you are planning on doubling the recipe, you may need to use two pans in order to make sure that the fish stays in one layer and cooks evenly.
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1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup peeled, julienned ginger (about 4 ounces)
3/4 cup thinly sliced onion
1/2 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
12 ounces firm-fleshed white fish fillets, sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch-wide strips
4 scallions, cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces

Cooking Instructions

Mix the sugar, soy sauce and fish sauce together in a small bowl until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ginger and cook, stirring frequently, until brown and crisp (about 7 minutes.) Add the onion and bell pepper and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add the fish and cook, stirring gently a couple of times, until just cooked through (4 to 5 minutes.) Add the scallions, sugar-soy sauce mixture and salt to taste and stir well. Serve immediately.

Makes 2 servings



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Be sure to use a firm fish for this dish so that it doesn't break up too much during stir-frying. Tilapia and halibut work well. Shrimp or salmon would also yield a good, yet different dish

Peeling and julienning the ginger can be quite a bit of work. You can use a vegetable peeler or a knife to do the peeling. I've also heard that scraping the skin off with a spoon works well but I've never tried it.

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