I was in a dilemma today: the Boss wanted to have fish, as simple as it can be. Salmon doesn't do it for him. But I like salmon. In fact, I love salmon, especially when it is pan-fried in teriyaki sauce, topped with golden brown garlic bits. That explained the scrunched up face this morning, darling.
Anyway, it turned out to be a good problem after all. Almost parallel to that of couples who have grown much older, wishing for nothing more than just "companionship" so to speak. What do they do? They sleep together, but in separate beds. Only in our context, "beds" are two large portions of parchment paper folded in halves.
East Meets West En Papillote
Serves 2 as a meal
0.8lb haddock fillet, rinsed and pat dry
0.8lb salmon fillet, rinsed and pat dry
Knob of ginger (thumb-size), peeled and julienned
2 large Shitake mushrooms, sliced
10 cherry tomatoes, sliced
2 stalks scallions, cut to 2-inch lengths, julienned
Bunch of cilantro, cut to 1-inch lengths
6 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoon sesame oil
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Fold two large pieces of parchment paper in half and place each of them on a plate.
3. For each plate, lay the fillet skin-side down on one half of the paper. Use the folded line as your guide.
4. Scatter the ginger all over, top with mushrooms, tomatoes, scallions and cilantro.
5. Mix soy sauce and sesame oil in a bowl. Drizzle the mixture over both plates.
7. Transfer both parcels onto a baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes.
8. To serve, place parcels on dinner plates, unfold the sides and tuck them under.
Why don't you give it a try -- easiest to use fillets of your choice, and to make it even more "Chinese", go the Teochew way by adding shredded pickled mustard and a dash of shaoxing wine.