I imagine you’re thinking, “Wow, Dave hasn’t made any asian dishes in a while…”
Well, following my visit to no less than four grocery stores today, I am prepared to soon embark on new culinarily adventures, so I’m using up some of these fresh ingredients.
Asian Fish Tacos
I absolutely love fish tacos, thus made up these asian-fused-with-Tex-Mex fish tacos for lunch.
Typically fish tacos consist of three components atop corn tortillas: fish, a cabbage slaw, and a sauce.
For one serving (3 tacos), I first prepared a slaw from the following ingredients (approximately equal parts of the first 3 vegetables):
- napa cabbage (3 leaves, green separated from white – see photos below, greens finely sliced/shredded)
- carrot (1 medium, julienned)
- bean sprouts (a small handful)
- scallion greens
- garlic (1 clove, minced)
- rice vinegar (~2 T.)
- hoisin sauce (~2 t.)
- sesame oil (just a splash)
- toasted sesame seeds or chopped toasted pine nuts (I used the latter)
- lime zest (~1 t.)
Dissolve the hoisin sauce in the rice vinegar and toss with the rest of the slaw ingredients and let sit until needed.
For the sauce, simply mix equal parts of mayonnaise and chili garlic sauce.
I used about 2 t. each, per serving (i.e., 3 tacos) and taste-tested it… I think I decided to add half again as much chili sauce. OK, that’s easy!
Chili Garlic Mayonnaise
For the fish, I chose a tilapia fillet (from frozen, thawed in water), and poached it in a salmon-and-vegetable-based fish stock along with a couple teaspoons of soy sauce. Here, I had just separated some pieces to test for doneness (i.e., if it will flake apart.) Concurrently, I warmed corn tortillas in a skillet, and then wrapped them in a towel; this keeps them from getting wet underneath, e.g., if set on a plate when they’re very warm.
Poaching tilapia in fish stock
Lastly, I assembled the tacos, topped with a dab more of chili garlic sauce and, as you can see, placed “points” of the white portion of a napa cabbage leaf under each taco. While intended for presentation, this worked out nicely to support the taco in hand; otherwise, one often must resorts to using two tortillas per taco so that they don’t break when the moist ingredients are placed on top.
Napa cabbage "point."
These tacos were easy and delicious. They’d probably be nice with mu shu pancakes or flour tortillas as well.