My girl loved the fish when she was in Wellington, New Zealand. She said that at times, it would be on offer at the supermarkets at the end of the day or on weekends so it would be more affordable. Most of the time, she would just buy salmon to grill in some butter in a non-stick pan and enjoy.

When we were there in 2012, she took us to her favourite fish and chips shop to enjoy what they had there. According to her, it was owned by a not-very-friendly Singaporean lady but she kept going back there as she loved it so much. They had all kinds of fish with Maori names that I had never heard of before. I had the “fish of the day”, the warehou and it was so so good!

Over here in Sibu, we get the dory from New Zealand and it is widely used in both western and Chinese restaurants. The instant I hear the name, I would change my mind about ordering their fish whatever already. Some people tell me there are two types, one that is not jelly-like and does not have that offensive smell. Well, I can’t tell the difference so I’m not taking any chances.

The other day, the ladies came home with this…

Hake Fish, New Zealand

…from the supermarket at the mall near my house…

NZ Hake Fish, price tag

I thought my girl would fry it coated in batter or bread crumbs to make her own fish and chips but she was busy at school that morning. The mum just took it, rubbed salt and pepper and baked it in butter in the oven and grilled some pumpkin and cauliflower along with it…

In the oven

Well, it turned out all right…

Oven-grilled hake and vegetables

I enjoyed it but I sure would love to try it the fish and chips way to see how it compares with the hoki

Sugar Bin fish fillet rice

…used in the dish (current promo price: RM9.55) and also the fish burger at our very own Sarawak franchise here.

According to Wiki, both are the blue grenadier or at least, they belong to the same family. If I am not mistaken, there is still another packet in the freezer – hopefully, they’ll do that sometime soon.

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