You probably heard a lot about Omega-3, the polyunsaturated fat that is essential in life. It protects against heart disease, promotes healthy skin and joints and is essential for proper neurological development in unborn babies and young children. The American Heart Association’s (AHA) dietary guidelines recommend that adults eat at least two servings of fish high in Omega-3 per week.
If you want more Omega-3, then add more salmon in your daily diet as salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3. One 4-ounce serving gives you 2.1 grams of Omega-3. For more information, visit Salmon Facts.
Salmon is one of my family’s favourite fish. Besides its nutritional value, the price of salmon at supermarkets in Singapore is also reasonably cheap (S$23.90 per kg) as compared to cod fish (S$30 per kg) and threadfin (ranging from S$30- S$50 per kg). Even with the approaching Lunar New Year, where prices of most fishes generally inflate “out of control”, the price for salmon isn’t affected much at all. Hence, I have been buying and consuming more that usual amount of salmons in the past two weeks.
To us Chinese, fish (鱼) symbolizes “abundance” (余). So, it’s a must-have dish when celebrating the Lunar New Year. Today I like to share with you a simple yet healthy fish dish which I had chanced upon from Annabel Karmel Family Cookbook. This dish is cooked in parchment (also known as en papillote in French). The fish fillet is sealed inside a folded package of parchment paper and baked briefly in an oven. This method cooks the enclosed fish in its own moisture and creates its own sauce of natural juices. As a results, this helps the fish retains its full flavour, hence making it juicy and delicious.
Besides fish, this method is also suitable to cook any cut of meat, chicken, pasta and vegetables. It has now become my favourite cooking method because it is incredibly simple, easy-to-clean up and fun to see the aromatic steam releases when tearing out the packaging. Cooking such prosperous yet healthy fish dish during CNY will surely bring a smile to your diners. May the Year of Tiger bring you and your family lots of joy and happiness! Gong Xi Fatt Cai!!
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