The Teochews love fish, and they love to cook fish in a way that enhances the fish's natural sweetness. There are many versions of Teochew steamed fish recipes, but what is common in all of them is preserved sour plum and salted vegetables. Here's our version below:

Cooking time: 10 - 15 minutes


1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 or 2 preserved sour plums

100g salted vegetables (rinse to lower the saltiness)

Half tablespoon sugar

2 dried mushrooms (soaked for about 15 minutes)

1 chilli, sliced

300g-600g of fish (we recommend using whole Chinese pomfret, snapper, red grouper or seabass)

4 tablespoons of water

1 tablespoon shaoxing wine (to add at the end)


1. Slice the preserved vegetable and chilli

2. Stuff the chilli into the fish cavity

3. On the plate where you will be steaming the fish with, lay the fish in the middle and distribute the sliced salted vegetables on top of the fish. 

4. For the sauce, mix the soy sauce, sugar and water and pour over the fish. 

5. Heat up the wok with sufficient water in it for steaming. 

6. When the water in the steamer is boiling, carefully lay the plate of fish in the wok. 

7. Steam for about 10-15 minutes, depending on the thickness and size of the fish.

8. At the last minute, open the cover and drizzle the shaoxing wine over the fish. Carefully take the plate of fish out of the steamer and serve hot.


Steamed brown striped snapper teochew style

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Fresh and sweet

Wrapped in banana leaf with sambal chilli and put in the airfryer for 15mins 200c. Delicious and cheap. Taste better than those sold in shops and so much cheaper too. Ownself make is best.

Fish paste and bones!

Great; easy to make fish balls and they even provide the fish bones which are great for making fish soup

Perfect for children

For a person who knows nothing about fish, this bag is great. They do pack fish that is nutritional to kids. ( I verified with other people and they agreed it was perfect for kids). All sealed pack in appropriate sizes, deboned and fresh. I also like the different sizes of bag so I can choose when I need more or less. Deliveries are always on time. Recommend for busy parents who just don't have the time to go to the market to purchase and prep.

Emailing to them gets you fast response and very personalised replies. I emailed them to ask when I have no idea how to eat or cook the items. Sometimes the bag contains really special stuff that I don't usually see. This is quite nice as it expands our menu.

The only feedback I would give is that giving us some recipes or ideas on how to cook for the fish given would really increase their wow factor.

Canton steam recipe pack

It came only with the sauce. No other condiments like spring onion etc. It is quite bland.

Fresh fish from Dish the Fish

Too lazy to do it on my own so ordered pomfret with ingredients for steamed fish Teochew style. Fish was super fresh! Sauce was good! Wish there are some cooking instructions though. Will definitely order again!