A fish must always be served in the latter part of a New Year’s banquet, because a fish, any fish, symbolizes reproductive powers and therefore is at this particular time of the year representative of regeneration. It is the New Year itself!
Wash fish, remove membranes, dry with paper towels. Make 4 cuts on each side of the body. Place fish on a large dish. Pour on marinade and use hands to rub it in, coating the fish evenly. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
Heat a wok over high heat for 1 minute; add peanut oil. As oil heats, coat fish with beaten egg, including the cuts in the skin. Spread cornstarch o