Fish Head with Chopped Chili is a signature Hunan dish.


  • spotted silver carp head,
  • 5 red chillies,chopped.
  • 2 Tbsp Hsao Xing cooking wine,
  • 2 Tbsp chicken essence,
  • 1 Tbsp fermented black beans,
  • 2.5 cm (1 in) piece of ginger,
  • 2 shallots,
  • salt
  • garlic. 
  • Cooking oil

  1. Put the fish head in a bowl and coat it with vegetable oil.
  2. Scatter chopped red chili, ginger, salt, fermented black beans and cooking wine on the fish head.
  3. Steam fish head  for 8 minutes.
  4. Add chopped shallots and garlic in the bowl and steam for 1 minute.
  5. Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a wok and then pour it on the fish head. (This will cause an immediate sizzling and will glaze the skin of the fish head)