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Wednesday, 21 February 2007 19:13

Steamed Fish in Banana Leaf

While these folded packets are a delight to serve in small numbers, for a larger group the leaves can be folded into a large boat shape and the mixture steamed in larger portions with an extended cooking time.


1 lb (500 g) white fish fillets, cut into chunks
1 large banana leaf, cut into 4 pieces, each 8 X 8 inches
1 cup shredded lettuce, blanched
1 cup sliced zucchini/courgette, blanched
1 cup sweet basil leaves (bai horapa)
2 green jalapeno peppers (prik chee fa), sliced
1/4 cup cilantro/coriander leaves (bai pak chee)

Sauce's Ingredients:

1/2 cup (4 fl oz/125 ml) red curry paste (nam prik gaeng ped)
2 cup (16 fl oz/500 ml) coconut milk
4 egg yolks (reserve whites for topping)
2 tablespoons fish sauce (nam pla)
2 tablespoons cornstarch/cornflour

Topping's Ingredients:

1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) coconut cream
4 eggs white

How to cook:

1. Marinate the fish chunks with the combined sauce ingredients and place in the refrigerator to chill for about 15 minutes.

2. Beat the topping ingredients together with a fork.

3. Wipe each piece of banana leaf with a damp cloth before use. Place a quarter of each of the blanched vegetables and of the fish in the center of each piece of banana leaf. Spoon on a quarter of the topping. Top with a scattering of basil leaves, pepper slices and cilantro leaves.

4. Bring the sides of each square together and fold in the ends. Secure with a small piece of wood or a toothpick.

5. Arrange the packets in a steamer and steam for 15 minutes or until done. Alternatively, the packets can be baked in the oven at 350 Fahrenheit (180 Celsius) for 20 minutes.


Information from: "Thailand the Beautiful Cookbook". Buy this and other cooks book at