Things don’t always turn out that way…

Well, I guess we all know that things don’t always turn out the way we expect like the fish that I cooked the other day…

STP's baked fish

I marinated it with garlic butter…

STP's baked fish 1

…and then I popped it into the oven to bake. After some time, I turned the pieces over and waited for it to cook completely and all the juices had come out of the fish…

STP's baked fish 2

Then, I took some of the olives (stuffed with anchovies) that Quay Po Cooks gave me sometime ago…

Quay Po's stuffed olives

…and added a few of them, along with some of the cherry tomatoes from our garden…

My cherry tomatoes

…and then I sprinkled some chopped spring onions and Chinese celery and bits of chili over the fish…

STP's baked fish 3

…and popped it back into the oven. I turned off the oven and let the fish continue to cook in the existing heat in it.

The end result looked pretty good and it tasted good too…but it did not turn out quite like what I had expected. I would have thought that it would taste kind of western but it turned out to be something quite Asian or Chinese in the end. Perhaps if I had grilled or pan-fried it and added some creamy milk and cheese sauce, then it would be a different story altogether.

The consoling part is, of course, the fact that it was hassle-free and easy to cook and both my missus and I enjoyed it very much…

22 thoughts on “Things don’t always turn out that way…

  1. yeah .. new dish invented …
    It looks good and delicious….
    normally for fish .. I just put salt and pepper …..

    And bake? For deep frying, I would just rub it with salt and then fry…. Yes, it was delicious but I was hoping it would come out tasting differently. Will try again…

  2. it looks like steamed fish!

    healthy and yummy! i don’t usually cook fish cos i donno how to handle it :S

    It does, doesn’t it? Tasted like it too. Didn’t expect it to though… You mean when deep-frying? No problem at all if you steam it or bake it like this…and no extra oil needed.

  3. Wow! It looks amazing Arthur! :)

    It looks delicious! What camera are you using right now? It’s clear and very detailed. :D

    Still the same. My Canon iXus – the photos look great in natural daylight.

  4. i was trying to guess what this could be at first when i saw the photo (haven’t read the text yet).. yam cake came into my mind, yes, yam cake with cherry tomatoes and olives!! wakakakaka~~

    LOL!!! Wah! Your yam cake has olives and cherry tomatoes. Real fusion, eh? ;)

  5. hahahaha!! i like how you expected that and described what you found out in the end.. expected to be western but instead very asian!! haha, so you are expecting it taste western with olives?? nah, i think you used CHINESE celery and chopped spring onion and that ends up with an asian taste..

    Ok…ok…let’s call it fusion then – you can’t go wrong with that…like all the cafes calling themselves fusion cafes so they can dish out whatever they like. ;)

  6. it feels like those asian faking westerner’s slang when they speak in english!!! hahahaha.. well, perhaps you are right, need to use some cream and most importantly more “gwai lo” herbs like rosemary etc (sorry, i’m not good at all the ingredients – i CAN”T cook!!) :D

    No worries! Will have a go at it again… Keep trying and someday, I’ll get it right. This one’s definitely more towards Asian taste…so I can serve it when having Asian or Chinese dinners – it is nice enough.

  7. Looks exactly like steamed fish to me. Never mind as long as you & yr missus enjoy it. My son would love those cherry tomatoes and he could just take it like that.

    Lots in the garden at my house. Sprouted out on their own and growing wild… Ya, as long as it can be eaten and if it is nice, even better…and it is! ;)

  8. Using Chinese ingredients & Chinese cooking style while expecting a Western flavour? hahaha~~
    Pickled olives are for eating plain or in salads. For cooking, maybe you could slice it up & use it with some kind of dip or meatloaf.

    Not really crazy about those – just threw them in to see if they will contribute to the taste or not. You know those pickled things in McD’s burgers – something like those…and I would always take them out and throw them away. You want? I can save the rest for you… Hehehehehehe!!!!

    • Sure. I’ll munch on them as I read your blog. hahaha~~

      Will save them for you then… Better than letting them sit in the fridge and throwing them away when I get sick of looking at them day in and day out.

  9. It looks really delish even though it didn’t turn out like what you had expected! My aunt in London sent us loads of canned olives stuffed with anchovies and I really like it!

    You like? I thought they were ok, not something that I would by running back for more… I guess I’m just not into those things.

  10. Your dish looks really good and pretty too.

    Yes, it was good and tasted good too…but was not much different from the usual Chinese-style steamed fish. I did not expect it to turn out like that… :(

  11. Wow! You make the fish so special… I also want to go… hahaha…

    Come, come! Special kah? I thought it was so simple…just rub…rub…dump…dump…and bake and it’s done! A lot easier than deep frying and having to prepare the sauce and what not.

  12. If it is western then it is supposed to be tasteless :-)

    LOL!!! That certainly is so consoling to hear. ;)

  13. Is dory fish!! My fav..but i ll prefer to pan fried it.

    Yup! It is dory… Will try and pan-fry next… Watch out for the post. Maybe I can try to use the HCP for that? Hehehehehehe!!!! ;)

  14. Your baked fish look very good!! Remember i told u the restaurant that i went for the salted baked fish? The fish just like yours, but they didn’t put anything on it, but we hv to dip it with a special sauce.

    Yours look very pro already, good good.

    Oh? Ya…I think that would be a great idea. Just rub salt and bake…and eat with some nice chili dip. Hmmm…must try it like this sometime as well. ;)

  15. hhhmmm, interesting new recipe for baked fish…. never used stuffed olives before…they’re quite pricey, right? Anyway, from the photo looks good enough to eat!

    I dunno expensive or not, never bought. In fact, I’d never tried before this… Only seen them on a toothpick in cocktail drinks. Now that I’ve actually eaten them, they’re ok…like those pickled gherkins in McD’s Big Mac. Not my favourite – would take them out and throw away. :(

  16. This looks mouth watering delicious! Ooo you don’t stuffed olives? Should have given you something else then:) Next time, give you Asian ingredients instead of Western lah. hehe

    No lah…don’t bother. I guess it’s not meant to be used like that. Somebody said use in salads. Will try that…

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