Pla Preeo Wan (Sweet and Sour Flounder)

         Yield: 8 Servings
Categories: Asian, Seafood

2 lb Flounder fillets (4 pieces) 3 c Diced peeled ripe pineapple 2 c Diced, peeled and seeded -cucumber 2 c Diced, cored and seeded ripe -plum tomatoes 1 c Diced onions 1/4 c Pineapple juice 4 Garlic cloves, finely minced 2 tb Finely minced fresh ginger Salt to taste 1 ts Cornstarch 2 tb Olive oil 2 tb Fresh lime juice 1/2 c Coarsely chopped fresh -cilantro leaves From "Sheila Lukins All Around the World Cookbook" (Workman, $27.95 cloth, $18.95 paper). While I was in Southeast Asia, I tasted a wonderful broiled flounder, topped with a sweet-and-sour sauce of pineapple, cucumber, tomato and onion. For spice, I've added lots of fresh ginger and garlic. Serve the fish in shallow bowls, with the sauce ladled atop. 1. Carefully remove any tiny bones from flounder with a tweezer. Set fish on a broiler tray lined with aluminum foil. Preheat broiler. 2. Combine diced pineapple, cucumber, tomatoes, onions and pineapple juice in a heavy saucepan. Simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 3. Reduce heat, add garlic and ginger, season with salt and continue cooking for another 5 minutes. 4. Remove 1/4 cup of liquid from saucepan and mix it with cornstarch until smooth. Stir back into saucepan and cook, stirring, 2 minutes more to thicken fruit sauce slightly. Remove from heat; set aside. 5. Brush fish fillets with olive oil and drizzle with lime juice. Sprinkle with salt. Place fish 4" from heat source and broil 4-5 minutes, or until fish is opaque and flakes easily. Remove, cut in half crosswise and place one piece of fish in each of 8 shallow bowls. 6. Heat fruit sauce for 1 minute over medium heat, stir in cilantro and ladle evenly over fish. Serve immediately. Per serving: 212 calories, 5 grams fat, 60 milligrams cholesterol. From Tuscon area newspapers, 1994, 3rd quarter, courtest Mike Orchekowski.