Steamed “Sun Hock” Marble Goby Fish with Preserved Fermented Soybean (Tauco/Miso) Paste

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Steamed “Sun Hock” Marble Goby Fish with Preserved Fermented Soybean (Tauco) Recipe

Marble Goby Fish or Oxyeleotris marmorata, the marbled sleeper or marbled gudgeon, or Soon Hock in Cantonese, Betutu or ketutu fish in Indonesian is a widely distributed species of freshwater fish in the family Eleotridae. It lives in the Mekong and Chao Praya basins, rivers and other water bodies in Malaysia, Singapore, Indochina, Philippines and Indonesia. It is probably the largest Gobioid fish, reaching up to 65 cm (26 in) in length.

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Recipe Steamed “Sun Hock” Marble Goby Fish with Preserved Fermented Soybean (Tauco)

pop out flesh is the sign for a very fresh succulent steamed fish

This species is an economically important fish in Southeast Asia, especially in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. It is highly popular among the Chinese community due to its fine texture, tasty white flesh and is believed to have healing properties. It is said, best eaten after surgeries or childbirths. Some says it can lead to prolonged life. In Malaysia, commercialization of this type of fish is not widely established. Demands are largely dependent on wild populations thus fetching high prices in the market.

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Live Marble Goby “Soon Hock” Fish, Ikan Betutu Hidup

Keep the marble goby fish or soon hock in clean water tank 2- 3 days before steaming to remove the fishy odor

The local Indonesian names for Marble goby is betutu, bakut, bakutut, belosoh , boso, boboso, bodobodo, ikan bodoh, gabus bodoh, ikan sioto, ketutuk, ikan malas, ikan hantu or ghost fish. Marble goby derived from the marble stone colored skin. This fish is ultimately pricey because it’s white and succulent meat and rarely farm raised because the fish neglect a commercial pellet . Marble goby like live catch for their prey and it’s become a cost production problems.

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Chinese Steamed “Sun Hock” Marble Goby Fish with Preserved Fermented Soybean Recipe (Resep Ikan Betutu/Malas Tim Tauco)

It’s ugly fish for being pricey, but it’s  worth every cent…..


1marble goby/ ikan betutu, about 700 gr, cleaned, buterflied from the belly bottom
Marinade : 1 tbsp lemon juice + 1 tbsp chopped ginger+ 1 tbsp chopped garlic
3 cherry tomatoes,finely chopped
3  bird eyechili, finely chopped
1 tbsp tauco/ fermented soybean paste
1 tbs of rock sugar
2 tbs of premium light soy sauce
1/2 tsp of sesame oil
2 tbsp  of  angciu /Chinese cooking wine
1 tbsp oyster sauce
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 cm knob of ginger, chopped
Garnish: spring onion, Julienned, soaked in ice water until it become to curl.

Instruction :

  1.  Rub the fish lighly with marinade, set aside
  2. Saute ginger, garlic, chilies and the rest ingredient until fragrant, set aside
  3. Put the fish in steaming pyrex bowl, steam the fish about 2 minutes until half done, discard the liquid
  4. Add the sauteed mixture, spread all over the fish.
  5. Steam the bowl in your highest fire for about 5 minutes
  6. Put the fish in a serving plate, garnish with spring onion

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17 thoughts on “Steamed “Sun Hock” Marble Goby Fish with Preserved Fermented Soybean (Tauco/Miso) Paste

  1. ku tahunya itu kerapu ato ikan malas, baru tahu ikan betutu.. jadi inget ayam betutu.. english marble goby ternyata..
    seeepp ditim nih..

    [ngakak kalu ada resep pake angsiu, udah diprotes sama temen yang muslim loh kalu kupasang resep pake angsiu, sampe dibahas panjang lebar..]

  2. This sounds delicious, ,though I doubt I’ll ever see a goby fish for sale around here. I’ll just have to travel to your part of the world. 🙂

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