In my post the other day on my ex-student, Johnny, I mentioned that his mum gave me two big fish…and we had one of them steamed…
– the ikan tenggalan/menggalan, an up-river freshwater fish which I understand is very expensive and not easily available.
There was one more, a different kind of fish, and we did not know what it was. I think it was not a river fish as there were no small bones and the texture was different. It looked a bit like a red snapper but it was not red so I guessed it was a black snapper.
Whatever it was, my missus deep-fried it and then prepared the tau cheo (fermented beans) sauce for it…
…with lemon grass, ginger, chillies and all. If you’re familiar with peranakan/nyonya cuisine, the gravy would taste something like what you’ll find in their ayam pongteh.
It was very nice, very fleshy…
…and it was so big that we took two days to finish all of it.
I must say that it was even nicer the next day when the gravy had gone into the fish and brought the taste to a whole new level.
Now that both of them are gone, I guess we’ll just have to go back to the smaller and cheaper fish…but don’t get me wrong! They are also very nice and I love eating those as well. What about you? Do you like fish? What are some of your favourites?