Steamed Carp

1 whole fresh carp about 1 lb (500g) (or trout and other firm-fleshed fresh-water fish)
5 tsp. rice wine
1 tsp. salt, or to taste
4 black mushrooms, sliced and soaked
2 tsp. scallions, chopped in 1 -inch sections
4 bamboo shoots sliced
2 tbsp lean pork, diced and marinated in sugar
4 slices Chinese ham, steamed
2 1/2 tbsp lard or vegetable oil
1 tsp. ginger, sliced
  1. Wash the fish and make 2 to 3 X-shaped slashes on each side. Rub with the rice wine and let marinate. Place on a heat-proof dish and sprinkle with the salt, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, and diced pork. Place the ham, lard, scallions, and ginger on top.
  2. Place the dish in a steamer and steam for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through . Discard the scallions and ginger, and serve.

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