Use this non-electric fish-shaped aluminum serving platter for a fantastic presentation at your next Asian dinner party. This type of heated serving platter is often used in Thailand's famous seafood restaurants with hot charcoals, Sterno can or tea lights placed inside the lower chamber to keep the food steaming hot at tableside. But if the idea of serving a whole fish makes you squeamish, you may also serve fillets of salmon, catfish, or tilapia in this handsome heated plate.
Thailand is famous for its seafood and fresh fish dishes. Steamed and saucy fish recipes are favorite ways to prepare fish, making this deep heated plate perfect for catching all the delicious flavors and aromas. Fish is often served whole with the head and tail in Asia because the head of a fresh fish is especially appreciated for its sweet meat and is often reserved for the guest of honor.
Simple presentations such as whole fish steamed with lemongrass and garnished with chopped spicy Thai chilies, fish sauce and slices of lime or lemon is one example of a common Thai fish dish. More elaborate presentations may include frying the fish whole and preparing a separate sweet and sour tamarind sauce which is poured over the crispy fish (see our recipe, Fried Fish in Tamarind Sauce).
See two Thai fish recipes to serve in this platter: Easy Baked/Grilled Fish and Steamed Sea Bass with Thai Chili Paste
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