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  1. 1 lb 454g / 16oz Firm white fish fillets

  2. 1 teaspoon 5ml Salt

  3. 1/4 teaspoon 1 1/3ml Freshly-ground white pepper For The Seasonings

  4. 1/4 cup 59ml Ketchup

  5. 1/4 cup 59ml Rice vinegar

  6. 2 tablespoons 30ml Plum sauce

  7. 3 tablespoons 45ml Chicken stock

  8. 2 tablespoons 30ml Light brown sugar - (packed)

  9. 1 tablespoon 15ml Pickled cucumber

  10. 1 tablespoon 15ml Vegetable oil

  11. 1/4 cup 27g / 1oz Finely-chopped celery

  12. 1/4 cup 27g / 1oz Finely-chopped carrot

  13. 1/4 cup 15g / 1/2oz Finely-chopped onion

  14. 1/4 cup 36g / 1 1/3oz Finely-chopped green bell pepper Vegetable oil - for deep-frying

  15. 1/4 cup 15g / 1/2oz Cornstarch

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  1. Recipe Instructions Lay one of the fillets on a cutting board with the tail end facing you. Working with a thin-bladed knife and holding the blade parallel to the cutting board, cut through the center of the fillet starting at one of the long sides. Do not cut all the way through the fillet; the idea is to 'butterfly' it, so it opens up like a book. Close the fillet back up and cut it crosswise -- through the uncut side -- into 1/2-inch strips. Sprinkle fish filets with salt and pepper. Let stand for 10 minutes. For the Seasonings: Stir the ketchup, vinegar, plum sauce, chicken stock, brown sugar and pickled cucumber or ginger together in a small bowl until well blended. For the Dish: Heat a 2-quart saucepan over high heat until hot. Add oil and swirl to coat the bottom. Add the celery, carrot, onion and bell pepper and stir-fry until the carrots are tender-crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in the seasonings, bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat to low to keep the sauce warm. Pour enough vegetable oil into the wok to fill 3 inches. Heat over medium heat to 375 degrees. Dust the fish strips with cornstarch to coat them lightly and shake gently to remove any excess. Hold one of the fish strips by the uncut end and slowly lower the cut end into the oil. Move the fish constantly as you lower it so the cut ends begin to curl. When the ends begin to curl, release the fish into the oil. Repeat with as many of the remaining fish fillets as will fit into the oil without crowding. Cook until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the fillets with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining fillet strips. Arrange the fried fillets on a warm platter with the curled ends facing up or toward the side. Spoon the sauce over the fish and serve immediately. This recipe yields 4 servings.


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