In the ‘dragon capital’, there is a very rustic dish that all foodies love to hunt, it is a dish of greasy fish.
Binh Thuan has many scenic spots that are popular with tourists such as Ke Ga lighthouse, Ta Cu mountain, Mui Ne, Hon Rom beach… and typical products that everyone wants to enjoy once or buy to make. gifts such as can cake, Phan Thiet fish sauce, Banh Quai cauldron, Banh Re…
However, in the “dragon capital” there is an extremely rustic dish that all foodies love to hunt, which is the dish of greasy convex fish.
Fatty convex fish is loved by many foodies (Photo: Thuy Nguyen)
Just like the dried fish bitter gourd salad in the Central Highlands or mudskippers in the West, in the past, convex fish was like a salty dish in the daily meals of Binh Thuan people. But since the development of tourism, along with the creative way in processing dishes, the fatty fish has become a specialty, known by many diners near and far.
Convex fish have smooth skin, live mainly along the coast of the central provinces, look a bit like a stingray but have a small body and no long tail. They usually appear from July to September of the lunar calendar. This fish is the largest with a weight of 3-5kg, the average weight is about 1-2kg and the smallest is 0.5kg. Housewives often choose 1-2kg sturgeon because the fish cartilage is soft, not fishy like big fish, more meaty and sweeter.
In the past, bulging fish was like a salty dish in a daily meal (Photo: dealtoday)
With the talented hands of the chef, the convex fish is processed into many delicious dishes such as sour soup, stir-fried convex fish, braised convex fish with pepper… But the most attractive dish, many devotees are passionate about moisture. The most favorite dish must mention the fatty fish rolled with rice paper.
After buying, the bulge fish is shaved off the outer slime layer with lemongrass leaves, the abdomen is removed, the intestines are removed, leaving the liver to steam with the fish. You can wash the fish with salt water and lemon or water it with a little white wine to remove the fishy smell and then wash it several times with clean water, let it dry.
Convex fish is processed into many delicious dishes such as sour soup, stir-fried, and braised with pepper (Photo: mia)
Depending on preference, the processor will skillfully slice the fish into thin even layers or leave the whole fish and then steam it.
During the time of steaming fish, people will make onion fat by using chopped or diced pork fat, fried until golden and then added finely chopped scallions. Steamed fish will be sprinkled with onion fat and then sprinkled with a little crushed roasted peanuts to make the dish more delicious, increase the feeling of crispy, greasy, fragrant and also more eye-catching.
For those who like to eat rolls, the fatty fish rolled with rice paper is a delicious dish not to be missed. This rustic and simple dish has captivated the hearts of many diners by its unique taste and harmonious combination of ingredients.
Fish meat is soft, fragrant, sweet, should be eaten while still hot (Photo: dealtoday)
Also processed in a steamed way like sea fish, but after being cooked, the convex fish is poured with a layer of onion fat on top, adding a rich aftertaste to the dish, with the characteristic aroma of onions. Fish meat is soft, fragrant, sweet, should be eaten while still hot.
Pick up a piece of hot fish, roll rice paper with raw vegetables such as lettuce, basil, perilla, coriander, sour star fruit, acrid banana, cucumber and a little bit of vermicelli, dip it in a bowl of fish sauce. Many people like the sauce has a characteristic fatty taste from the steamed fish liver, soaked in a bowl of fish sauce.
The greasy salsa catches the hearts of many diners (Photo: mia)
Fish sauce for dipping convex fish is usually garlic, chili, sugar and tamarind fish sauce, seasoned with just enough sour, spicy, salty, and sweet flavors depending on your preferences. If eaten with sweet and sour fish sauce, you will clearly feel the harmony between the sweetness of fish, the sour taste of lemon juice or tamarind, the salty taste of fish sauce, the pungent taste of crushed chili mixed with the delicious taste. freshness of herbs.
Particularly tamarind fish sauce is more special because the sour taste of tamarind is very different, the sweet taste when mixed with sugar, with a bit of spicy chili is really “good”, eat it all the time, don’t get bored, the more you eat, the more you crave, the more you rub it. stop.
Spicy fish rolled with rice paper is a delicious dish not to be missed (Photo dealtoday)
To eat the dish more round, you should not choose the type of rice paper that is too salty or too sweet because the fish meat is already sweet and the sauce is also mixed according to the sweet and sour taste. If the rice paper is too thick, it will be hard and chewy when eaten, but if the cake is too thin, it will not give us a “happy” feeling.
Visitors to Mui Ne beach, in addition to enjoying the scenery of the sea and sky here, do not forget to enjoy the famous fish of fatty fish because if you have not experienced this dish, you have not really understood the culinary culture of this place. this.