Crispy Fried Pla-pla, Tilapia


  • 1 large size tilapia, pla-pla
  • cornstarch
  • salt and pepper
  • cooking oil
  • spring onion for garnish

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Remove scales and innards of the fish, wash and drain.
  2. Prepare fish into fillet, cut into manageable size the fish head, bones and tail, cut the fish fillet into serving pieces.
  3. Dust the fish fillet, head, bones and tail with salt and pepper to taste dredge with cornstrach and remove excess. Let stand for 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Heat generous amount of cooking oil in a deep frying pan until it start to smoke, reduce heat to moderate.
  5. Fry the fish fillet including the fish head, bones and tail in batches for 3 to 5 minutes or until crisp and golden brown, drain fried fish in kitchen papers.
  6. In a big platter assemble the fish head, bones and tail and place the fried fish fillet over the bones to mimic the actual fish.
  7. Garnish with chopped spring onion and serve with your favourite dipping sauce.

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