#EdenCooks - Chinese Steamed Fish - Mon May 21, 8pm EST

Antipova Antipova
Welcome to the April Meeting of Eden Cooks! Eden Cooks is a cooking club for any interested members of the Eden community. We will meet on the forum to discuss everything from tips and pointers for less well-equipped kitchens, explanations of cooking terms, and important techniques. There will be a featured recipe each meeting, with pictures taken as I prepare it for you. I will cover some ingredient substitutions to make each recipe more friendly to people with dietary restrictions.

As we kick full swing into spring, homegrown vegetables start showing up on our plates, and we're inspired to cook healthily. I, also, don't have air conditioning, so I want to find ways to cook delicious healthy meals without making the kitchen unbearably hot for the rest of the night.

Steaming is a perfect solution to this---the method I'll be showing you was developed by Chinese home cooks who needed to supply even heat on open-topped cooking stoves, when they didn't want to dilute their meal's flavors by boiling. Letting the vapor from boiling water cook your meal can make a simple fish and some scallions into a delicacy because the texture will be perfect. And once you learn how to steam a fish, you'll be able to steam anything else you can think of! This is a really versatile technique, and one I almost wouldn't eat without in the hot summers.

So as an introduction to steaming---Chinese Steamed Whole Fish with Ginger and Scallions. I can't wait to share it with you!


During the meeting, two $25 gift cards to EF will be awarded to the winner of a trivia contest from information that I will provide during the meeting, and to the first person to guess a lesser-known kitchen implement from pictures I'll show.

The meeting will take place on the EdenFantasys forum in this very thread at 8 pm EST on Monday, May 21st. I'm really excited to be making some fresh, delicious, healthy simple food with you all, so I can't wait to see you there!
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ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Oh sure, Antipova is going to teach how to boil fish and I have to work. Guess I'll have to come back and read. Figures!
05/14/2012
Rossie Rossie
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Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
Oh sure, Antipova is going to teach how to boil fish and I have to work. Guess I'll have to come back and read. Figures!
Tim, it's 'steamed' not boil, it preserves the flavor of the fish (if the fish is fresh).
05/14/2012
Rossie Rossie
Wow, Antipova, now that's something in my league. Hopefully I can attend, I'll have to cook something for dinner ahead of time that night, so I can be at the meeting instead of busy preparing dinner at that hour (since I'm on the west coast).
05/14/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Rossie
Wow, Antipova, now that's something in my league. Hopefully I can attend, I'll have to cook something for dinner ahead of time that night, so I can be at the meeting instead of busy preparing dinner at that hour (since I'm on the west coast).
And drooling over the lesson. I always come to the meeting hungry and it's a huge mistake.
05/14/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
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Originally posted by Rossie
Tim, it's 'steamed' not boil, it preserves the flavor of the fish (if the fish is fresh).
duh...thanks. Must have been struck with dismay over missing this.
05/14/2012
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
Oh sure, Antipova is going to teach how to boil fish and I have to work. Guess I'll have to come back and read. Figures!
Aw dang, I wish you could make it! But the thread will stay here, and so will the pictures...

Just think of all those nice Northerns you can steam up.
05/14/2012
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Rossie
Wow, Antipova, now that's something in my league. Hopefully I can attend, I'll have to cook something for dinner ahead of time that night, so I can be at the meeting instead of busy preparing dinner at that hour (since I'm on the west coast).
Hooray! I will love any input from you, and I hope you tell us all about the meal you eat in advance too
05/14/2012
nanamondoute nanamondoute
MM...steamed fish is so yummy and incredibly easy to make. That was seriously what I lived off of two summers ago when I had to start cooking for myself.
05/14/2012
Ansley Ansley
I'm officially requesting an egg roll seminar! (With the leftovers flash-frozen and sent directly to me!) hehehehe

I'm excited, I'm not big on fish but if you can guarantee perfect texture, I'm all about it.
05/14/2012
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Ansley
I'm officially requesting an egg roll seminar! (With the leftovers flash-frozen and sent directly to me!) hehehehe

I'm excited, I'm not big on fish but if you can guarantee perfect texture, I'm all about it.
Well, that and you can steam anything by the same method!
05/14/2012
oldman oldman
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Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
Oh sure, Antipova is going to teach how to boil fish and I have to work. Guess I'll have to come back and read. Figures!
TTT--

Not BOIL--steam--get with the program!!!
05/14/2012
Rossie Rossie
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Originally posted by nanamondoute
MM...steamed fish is so yummy and incredibly easy to make. That was seriously what I lived off of two summers ago when I had to start cooking for myself.
Another steamed fish expert here!
05/14/2012
Rossie Rossie
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Originally posted by Antipova
Hooray! I will love any input from you, and I hope you tell us all about the meal you eat in advance too
I'll probably make my boring curried chicken again that day...easiest thing to cook ahead of time.
05/14/2012
Rossie Rossie
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Originally posted by oldman
TTT--

Not BOIL--steam--get with the program!!!
He's got it, one more mention about that, Tim will probably be pissed with us!

@Tim: And lucky you Tim, like Antipova said, you'll get to steam all the fresh fish you want with this method. My husband's not into fishing, so I only get to buy live Tilapias from my local Asian market.
05/14/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Rossie
He's got it, one more mention about that, Tim will probably be pissed with us!

@Tim: And lucky you Tim, like Antipova said, you'll get to steam all the fresh fish you want with this method. My husband's not into fishing, so I only ... More
Oooh but I like tilapia. Nomnomnom.
05/14/2012
Rossie Rossie
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Originally posted by Ansley
Oooh but I like tilapia. Nomnomnom.
They're pretty good and not much bones. And I usually tip the seafood guys a few bucks and have them completely clean the fish stomach, so I don't have to deal with the nasty fishy stuff when I get home.
05/14/2012
RomanticGoth RomanticGoth
Oooo.... This sounds like fun! I love learning new ways to cook fish.
05/14/2012
Antipova Antipova
Oh my gosh, you guys. I just made this tonight and it was so delicious. We got a 3# fish (it should be like a 2# fish should serve four people), and with just three of us we still had nothing left but bones.

I served it with a soy sauce / vinegar / ginger dipping sauce... I think I will never serve fish any other way again.
05/14/2012
Rossie Rossie
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Originally posted by Antipova
Oh my gosh, you guys. I just made this tonight and it was so delicious. We got a 3# fish (it should be like a 2# fish should serve four people), and with just three of us we still had nothing left but bones.

I served it with a soy sauce / ... More
Interesting dipping sauce, what kind of vinegar did you use? Almost sounded like a sauce used for eating Pot Stickers.
05/14/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
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Originally posted by oldman
TTT--

Not BOIL--steam--get with the program!!!
Just for that, I'm going to sit in the corner and pout.







Ya right!
05/15/2012
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Rossie
Interesting dipping sauce, what kind of vinegar did you use? Almost sounded like a sauce used for eating Pot Stickers.
The recipe book I've been learning from lately just said distilled white, but I used some white rice vinegar. (I'm pretty sure they're pretty similar?)
05/15/2012
VioletMoonstone VioletMoonstone
This sounds like fun. I really want (and need!) to start eating healthier. I guess that means I'm going to have to learn to cook... without the use of the microwave. lol. I love fish but my boyfriend doesn't like it unfortunately.
05/15/2012
Rossie Rossie
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Originally posted by Antipova
The recipe book I've been learning from lately just said distilled white, but I used some white rice vinegar. (I'm pretty sure they're pretty similar?)
White rice vinegar is probably less sour and has a slightly sweeter flavor than distilled white?
05/15/2012
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by VioletMoonstone
This sounds like fun. I really want (and need!) to start eating healthier. I guess that means I'm going to have to learn to cook... without the use of the microwave. lol. I love fish but my boyfriend doesn't like it unfortunately.
You can use the same method for lots of different dishes---come to the meeting and learn!
05/15/2012
VioletMoonstone VioletMoonstone
I'll try to make it here on time. I always miss these things! I'm either asleep, I forget about it, or I get the time confused because I'm PST time. It would be 5pm for me, right? I'll try my best to remember this time but no promises.
05/15/2012
macho99 macho99
I hope I make it!

I think this dish can be done to chicken too. Steamed/white chicken is my one my favorite Chinese dishes!
05/16/2012
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by VioletMoonstone
I'll try to make it here on time. I always miss these things! I'm either asleep, I forget about it, or I get the time confused because I'm PST time. It would be 5pm for me, right? I'll try my best to remember this time but no promises.
I'll try and put a message on your wall that day!

This is 8pm EST
7pm CST
6pm Mountain
5pm Pacific!
05/16/2012
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by macho99
I hope I make it!

I think this dish can be done to chicken too. Steamed/white chicken is my one my favorite Chinese dishes!
Absolutely yes! I will put a message on your wall reminding you too
05/16/2012
Rossie Rossie
Seems like we've got a few new Asian EFers here!
05/16/2012
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