Recipe courtesy of Bryan Lague

Polynesian Sweet and Sour Fish: L'a Momona a Paakai

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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1 ounce ginger root, peeled and minced

4 ounces mirin

1 ounce soy sauce

2 1/2 pounds mahi-mahi, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Oil, for frying


7 ounces flour

7 ounces water

3 ounces soy sauce

1 teaspoon sugar

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Seasoned flour, as needed

20 ounces sweet and sour sauce


  1. Combine ginger, mirin, and soy sauce and marinate the fish for 30 minutes. Preheat oil in a deep-fryer to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together batter ingredients.
  3. When preparing an order, drain and dredge fish cubes in seasoned flour. Coat fish with the batter and deep-fry until golden brown.
  4. In a bowl, gently toss one portion of fried fish with 4 ounces of hot sweet and sour sauce. Serve immediately on a warmed dinner plate.