Steamed Fish Paste Egg Roll

~ Posted on Thursday, December 23, 2010 at 8:40 AM ~

When my mum was still alive, she used to make this occassionally as one of the dishes for dinner. I used to love eating this as it contains 2 of my favorite food: fish and egg. Unfortunately, I never got the chance to get the recipe from her. And it was just a couple of days ago that I remembered this dish... oh, how I long to be able to taste my mum's cooking and the regret of not learning to cook all the yummy dishes from her when she was alive...

I remembered how my mum made the fish paste. She would go to the wet market in the morning, buy a certain type of fish (can't recall what name) and back home, will start scrapping out the fish meat and smash them in the mortar using the pestle until the fish paste mix nicely and sticky enough.

Anyway, I did some research around the Net and more or less got the idea of how to make this dish again. I don't have the luxury of time and energy in smashing fish meat in mortar and pestle, so I took a shortcut and bought the ready-made fish paste from the morning wet market.

There are other versions of this dish if you Googled it around, such as other ingredients which you can add in, like carrots slice, chilli, scallions, or even a seaweed sheet on top of the omelet. But this dish that my mum made is very simple and easy. Just fish paste and egg. So I'm sticking to that. And hence, this is my 1st attempt of making:



* Less than 5 minutes to pan fry the eggs
* Less than 5 minutes to prepare the fish paste egg roll
* 10-12 minutes for steaming process

Ingredients / Tool Required:

Steamed Fish Paste Egg Roll

* Fish paste (quantity up to you!)
* 2 eggs (at room temperature)
* Few drops of cooking oil
* A pinch of salt (optional)
* Optional: Vegetables of your choice-broccoli, carrots, cauliflower etc!

Non stick pan, plate, knife, steamer

What to Do?

* Beat the eggs and add in a pinch of salt (optional).
* Heat up a non-stick pan and pan fry the eggs into thin omelet.
* You can add in your vegetables on the add at this point of after the eggs cooled down.
* Transfer the omelet to a clean chopping board (I used a plate) and let it cool down.
* Spread a layer of fish paste on top of the omelet. (If your layer is thick, then fish paste portion is more)

Steamed Fish Paste Egg Roll

* Slowly roll up the omelet, make sure it's firmly rolled.
* Carefully transfer the fish roll to a steamer.

UPDATES ON 8th Feb 2014: * If you don't have a steamer, you can also steam this in your rice pot. I tried this method recently where after the rice was cooked in the rice pot and it was in 'Keep Warm' mode, I just put the plate with the rolled egg into the rice pot and leave it to steam by itself.

Steamed Fish Paste Egg Roll

* Steam for about 10-12 minutes or until fish paste turns opaque.

Steamed Fish Paste Egg Roll

* Cut the fish roll into slices (thickness up to you)
* You can serve with your choice of dipping sauce or eat it as it is.


Steamed Fish Paste Egg Roll


Steamed Fish Paste Egg Roll

Steamed Fish Paste Egg Roll

UPDATES ON 8th Feb 2014: Added carrots onto the egg


"Yum-yums!!! Almost as close as to mum's cooking! Ahhhh... such nice memories and so good to be able to replicate this dish again!"

Steamed Fish Paste Egg Roll "Mmmm! Mmmm!" (I had to immediately cut a slice and let him try as he kept bugging me when he saw the fish paste egg roll! And Ben had about 4-5 slices of this for his dinner! Way to go Ben!)

"Delicious! Thank you for the wonderful fish paste dish!" (this is a very good compliment as my hubby is not the type who likes to eat fish balls, paste and stuff like this...)
"Hou sik ar!! (which means Delicious in Cantonese)"

So there you go.... my 1st STEAMED FISH PASTE EGG ROLL attempt!

Overall, I'm very happy with this attempt though I can only take credit for the egg roll and on the preparation/presentation side . After all, the fish paste was bought elsewhere and all I did was just slap on some onto the egg sheet and roll away! Though I'm happy to inform the dish is all eaten up with compliments on how delicious it is. What a good way to boost up my cooking morale! And I'm really happy cos it brings back memories I have when my mum made this dish.

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Comments (7) -


Wah! Sedapnya! I LIKE!
Gonna try this tomorrow if I can get fish paste. Thanks for sharing.

Miki Chua

i think the fish used is ikan parang... it's use to make fish ball by my mom. using this fish the meat will be "bouncy"

i'd never tried this b4. i will try to make it too... look yummy-licious

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hi Tracy!
It is sedap! But must get a good fish paste la! Go try it and let me know the results!

Hey Miki!
Yeah, I think so is ikan parang, my MIL also mentioned something 'sai tou yu'. Go and try it, Ben had 4-5 slices for dinner on top of his rice and my miso soup. Dinner settled! Kekekekek..

Catheryn  @ Pink Bibs

Hey!  Looks like you did a great job to get the 'HOU SIK AR' from MIL Smile


Mama Hen

This looks delicious! Thank you for your suport during this difficult time my friend. My husband is still in the hospital. I hope you are doing well.

Mama Hen

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hey Catheryn!
Yes! Not easy to get the OKAY from my MIL!

Hi Mama Hen!
Thanks for taking your time to drop by. Hope your hubby is going to get well soon and will be able to return back home to you guys soon!


looks realllllyyyy yummy!! must try this one day! Laughing

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