Chinese Confinement Recipes: Tomato Fish

Confinement Recipes for Week 4-6 
From week 3 for natural births or from week 4 for caesareans onwards, you're able to enjoy a bit more variety and your digestive system is better at taking a little more salt if you like salty food like me.

1) Meals can now be pan fried and stir fried, rather than just steamed but keep to low oil
2) You can start to eat soya sauce and eggs again
3) Still avoid cold or raw foods
4) Start to eat ginger, red dates, red beans and any foods that help with blood circulation and replenishment
5) Introduce collagen such as pigs trotters, fish maw, birds nest, snow ear fungas and enrichment foods like ginseng and dong quai

You can still eat plenty of the confinement meals from week 1-3, this is just an additional recipe that you can now start eating as well.

There's something about a tomato based sauce that is so comforting and appetising. Just like the classic Chinese tomatoes with eggs, tomato fish is just so good over plain steamed rice. The fish gives a good amount of protein to help with breastmilk production and is a nice break from meat.


2 seabass fillets
2 tomatoes
1 onion
3 cloves garlic
1 spring onion
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp ground white pepper
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp oyster sauce
2 tsp tomato ketchup
1/2 cup water
1 tsp cornflour mixed with 2 tsp water
3 tbsp oil

1) Chop tomatoes into quarters, slice the onion, mince the garlic and slice the spring onion. Set aside
2) In a pan, heat up 2 tbsp of oil and pan fry the seabass on high heat. Sear each side for roughly 2 minutes, then dish up and set aside
3) In the pan, heat up 1 tbsp of oil, add in the garlic, onion and tomatoes. Stir fry for 3 minutes until golden brown, then add in 1/2 cup of water to create the sauce
4) Add in the salt, sugar, white pepper, sesame oil, oyster sauce and ketchup and stir well. Add in the cornflour mixed with water to thicken the sauce and turn heat down to medium-low
5) Add the pan fried seabass fillets back into the pan and push down gently to submerge in the tomato sauce and let it simmer for 3-5 minutes, and then take off the heat. Scatter spring onions on top.
6) Serve with rice and plain steamed veggies

Take a look at all my other confinement recipes 

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