Crispy fish bao
Crisp, breadcrumbed fish is tucked into pillowy bao buns and finished with zesty green chilli and coriander sambal in this recipe from Yum Bun. It's perfect for summer parties or get-togethers
- Serves: 4 persons
- 8bao buns (50g each, you can buy these fresh or frozen)
- crisp lettuce (such as cos), shredded to serve
- mayonnaise, to serve
- 200g firm white fish (such as pollack)
- 2tbsp plain flour
- 1egg, beaten
- 60g panko breadcrumbs
- vegetable oil, for shallow frying
- 4green chillies (40g), deseeded and roughly chopped
- 4spring onions (40g), roughly chopped
- 60g coriander, soft stalks included, roughly chopped
- 2tbsp vegetable oil
- 4tbsp lime juice
- 2tsp fish sauce (we used Three Crabs)
Step 1Slice the fish into eight 50g pieces (cut to a shape that fits nicely in the bun) and season well. Lightly coat the fish pieces in flour, then the beaten egg, and finally the breadcrumbs. Set aside.
Step 2Use a small food processor to blend the chillies and spring onions until very finely chopped. Add the remaining ingredients and blend again until combined into a spoonable sauce. Process to a smoother sauce if you prefer. If you don’t have a food processor, finely chop the ingredients, and pound together with a pestle and mortar for a smooth sauce.
Step 3To steam the buns, fill the steamer pan three-quarters full with water and set to boil over a medium heat. Depending on the size of your steamer you may have to steam the buns in batches. Put the buns on small squares of baking paper, put in the steamer so they aren’t touching and clamp on the lid. Steam on high for 4 mins, or until the buns are hot and fluffy. Using a clean tea towel to protect your hands, carefully remove the buns and gently prise open. They should be very fluffy and soft to the touch in the centre. If they are still a little firm, return and steam for a little longer.
Step 4Heat 4cm of oil in a wok or frying pan – it should be no more than two-thirds full – and heat to 180C on a cook’s thermometer, or until a cube of bread browns within 30 seconds. Fry the fish for 2 mins on both sides until the fish is floating in the oil and golden and crisp on both sides. When cooked, remove from the oil and leave to drain on kitchen paper.
Step 5To assemble the buns, put one piece of fish in a bun, tuck some shredded lettuce behind the fish, add a dessertspoon each of the mayo and sambal. Eat while hot and steaming.