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From Tank to Table! Chinese Style Tilapia

Here at E. Bites we pride ourselves in the ability to bring you lots of different kinds of foods, ways of cooking and styles of money saving. A criticism of our show that we occassionally hear is that we don't support the local, seasonal food movement.

Well that's silly, because of course we do!

We encourage you to get the best you can afford, when you can afford it, although we know that isn't always easy (trust me, I had $22 in my bank account before payday last Friday, I know it isn't easy). We whole-heartedly believe that we should all just do the best we can, and when supporting local farmers is affordable and doable - then absolutely go for it!

So, just to prove that there are ways to affordably join the local food movement, we present you today's episode. You wanted it, so we found a way to do it, E. Bites style!

The awesomeness of this SUPERSIZED episode is derived from 3 main facts: 

  1. It's the very last one we shot in Kitchen studio 1.0. Drink it in folks, because after today, it's officially gone!
  2. The episode is co-hosted by our friend Fa-Tai from Budding Taste adventure tours. Fa-Tai is a fellow Obie and an expert on farm to table. We absolutely LOVED having him on our show because he's a total doll, and because he taught us to KILL!! Which brings me to...
  3. In today's SUPERSIZED feature I, Allie Schwartz, full fledged city girl, learn to kill my own food. Talk about Fish out of water!! HAHAHAHAH

But like I always say - If I can do it, so can you! And man did I do it! But did I faint? Cry? Gag? You'll have to watch and find out! And I have to say, this is one of my favorite episodes of all time. Watch and see, I think you'll feel the same...


A few notes: I can't stress how easy this recipe really is, and how amazing the fish tasted. Scaling and gutting the fish might seem hard if you have no concept of how to do it, but if you watch the video, read the instructions in the recipe, and just try, you'll see that it's actually no big deal. And you save a good bit of money doing it yourself. Plus you've learned a survival skill for after the world ends. BIG WIN!

HOWEVER - if you aren't interested in ending a fish's life in your own home, or if you don't have access to fresh sea food, then by all means, buy already prepared, filed white fish at the store. You can still cook it up the same way, no big deal. You'll have it super easy: no bones, no guts, no fins or scales, and you'll still end up with a tasty dish!

OK - I hope you enjoy, and I'd LOVE to hear feedback from this ep. If you want more stuff like this, let us know! Don't like it? You can tell us that, too. We can handle it.




Tags: fatai, budding taste, chinatown, chinese style tilapia, steamed fish, farm to table


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