A whole fish is one of the most important dishes served during a Chinese banquet. I have eaten it both at weddings and at Chinese New Year. The fish must be served with its head and tail intact to properly signify a favorable beginning and end to the new year. I steam fish all the time for a healthy and tasty main course too.
Skip the black beans and steam the fish with ginger and spring onions and sesame oil. Add more soya sauce too.
Instead of a whole fish, you can use fish steaks or fillets too, just not at Chinese New Year!