4as a main course .
By Irene Kuo
This is an earthy dish, full of the rich flavors of fermented black beans, garlic, ginger, and scallions. The whole fish is shallow-fried, then simmered with the seasoning sauce. It is dark red and saucy, like Red-cooked Sea Bass with Meat Stuffing, but it has a more pronounced taste.
Have the fish cleaned and scaled, but leave the head and tail on. Rinse and dry it. Score the fish 3 times on a slant on each side, about