SG Hawker Favourites: (Air) Fried Fish Bee Hoon
I re-created this hawker dish and my family loved it! Jason even went as far to rank it up there along with the Creamy Mushroom Risotto I spent 2 hours cooking and preparing. I remember for the risotto, I was physically standing at the stove for an hour stirring the broth into the rice!
This Fried Fish Bee Hoon took me a much lesser amount of time since I prepped the fish overnight. You don’t have to. I used an airfryer for oil-free “deep frying”. If you don’t have an airfryer, I would suggest you pan-fry the fish in shallow oil instead of deep frying them.
For the type of fish, if you can, go to the market and buy snakehead/snapper fish fillets and ask the fish monger to slice them into good sized chunks. Supermarkets do sell them pre-sliced but they’re used mainly in Sliced Fish Soup. If you don’t mind, you can also buy better quality cream dory or sutchi fish (they’re the same thing) which are cheaper, fatter and chunkier, but don’t have a good reputation. When you eat fish and chips or fried fish soup outside, it’s normally made with dory/sutchi fish too.
SG Hawker favourites: (Air) Fried Fish Bee Hoon
What you need:
500g dory/snakehead/snapper fish fillets, cut into good sized chunks and marinated with:
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp light soy sauce
A dash of hua diao jiu
1 packet thin bee hoon (I used whatever carb was in my pantry)
4 tablespoons corn flour
5-6 slices ginger
2 litres water
1 fish stock cube
1 chicken stock cube
2 tomatoes, cut into small wedges
12 tbsp low fat evaporated milk
1 tbsp oil
Half tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp Chinese cooking wine (hua diao jiu)
Lettuce and/or green leafy vegetables
1 box silken tofu, cut into large cubes (optional)
Dredge the marinated fish in corn flour on both sides and air/pan/deep fry them til golden brown. I sprayed the fish pieces with some oil and airfried them at 180C for 7 minutes on the grill pan/ foil (this WILL STICK on the mesh basket), then flip. Turn up temperature to 200C and continue airfrying for 5 minutes. Set aside.
Soak bee hoon in hot water til soft, drain then set aside. In a large pot, add 1 tbsp oil and fry ginger til fragrant. Add the water and stock cubes.
Bring to boil and add the sesame oil, chinese cooking wine, evaporated milk, tofu and tomatoes. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
Add the veggies, cook for 1 minute then add bee hoon. I cooked the bee hoon in a sieve as I was cooking portion by portion. Remove bee hoon from pot.
Arrange bee hoon, veggies, tomatoes, tofu and fish slices in a bowl and ladle the soup over it. Enjoy while piping hot!
I have question regarding your spiced chicken chop. Why did you need to place chicken in pyrex/ glass dish skin side down and cover dish with foil? If not just put in a oven tray instead?
For moisture :)
I tried your method of fried fish using Airfryer, I failed. After 10 mins it’s still not cooked, has anything to do with the kind of fish to use? How do you clean up the net basket after those fish pieces were stuck to it? Help!!!!!!!
Hmmm fish cooks quite fast in the air fryer. do you have an oil spray? spraying some oil after coating with the flour will help to crisp it up better. If you don’t have a grill pan, try lining the fish on aluminum foil and flip halfway.
Thanks Chris, guess I have to try again. I didn’t put any oil at all because it suppose to AIR fry……hahaha……The thing is the corn flour just looked white, not at all brown. Can I spray non stick on the basket? Those spray for baking use kind?
Yes you can, I always use the non stick spray. Sometimes when cooking fresh food (not frozen prefried stuff), we have to spray some oil, just a little :) good luck!
When u preheat airfryer using the grill pan – do u grease the grill pan fist before or after preheating?
Hi Susanna, I don’t intentionally grease the grill pan. I spritz oil directly on the fish or whatever I’m cooking :)
Thks for the info, Chris! :)