Preparation / Directions:
Pat fish dry with paper towels. Mix salt, ginger and pepper. Coat both sides of fish with mixture and rub 1 tsp. cornstarch on both sides of fish. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.
Place black beans in bowl and cover with warm water. Stir about 2 minutes. Remove and drain. Discard water. Partially pulverize beans. Chinese cooks use the back end of their cleaver handle.
Cut 3 of green onions on diagonal into 1 inch pieces, remaining one into thin slices (strings).
Remove seeds and membranes from chilies. Cut chilies into very thin slices.
Mix 1 Tbs cornstarch, water and sugar.
[If grilled fish is preferred, grill on charcoal about 4-5 minutes each side or 10 minutes per inch of thickness, not too close to coals ~ otherwise fry in wok]
Heat wok until hot and add 2 Tbs oil, tilting to coat sides. Fry fish 2 minutes or until brown, turning once. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 10 minutes turning after 3 minutes. Uncover and remove from wok.
Bring wok back up to very hot over high heat. Add 1 Tbs oil, tilt and coat. Add black beans, chilies, garlic and green onion pieces and stir fry all for 1 minute. Add broth/stock and heat to boiling. Stir in cornstarch/sugar water mixture, stir cooking until thickened. Add fish steaks turning to coat with sauce. Heat 2 minutes.
Line platter with spinach/lettuce leaves, place fish on bed and
Garnish top with green onion slivers.