Big and small…

I stopped by my favourite fish stall the other morning to see if they had any more ikan terubok and yes, much to my delight, they did! I quickly grabbed four to keep in my freezer and this time around, I did make it a point to ask for the price. Much to my surprise, it was only RM28.00 a kilo, cheaper than the or chio/ikan bawal hitam (black pomfret) and the bay kar/ikan tenggiri (mackerel). Now that we have this new stock at hand, I decided to finish off the remaining one that I bought the last time and was still in the freezer.

While I was at the stall, I saw the prawns – RM55.00 a kilo and boy, they were HUGE…

Normally, they were a bit smaller, RM45.00 a kilo but these looked absolutely irresistible that I simply had to ask for a kilo to take home.

After cleaning and deveining them, I placed them in a tub…

…and filled it with water…

…making sure that the prawns were completely covered. After doing that, I closed the tub and put it in the freezer to freeze.

Of course, the water would turn into ice and the prawns would be nicely frozen inside. As long as I do not take it out and will only do so to defrost when the time comes to cook them, they will remain really fresh, very firm and succulent like freshly caught ones.

There were 18 big ones altogether but unfortunately, there were 9 that were not as big so if I were to deduct RM10.00 for those and divide the balance of RM45.00 by 18, the big ones would cost RM2.50 each only, very cheap! The shop round the corner from my house would sell for around RM60-65.00 for a pack of less one kilo and at best, there would only be two or three big ones inside while the rest, though not disappointingly small (except for once), their size was really nothing to get excited about.

I took three of those smaller ones…

…and a pack of sweet baby corn to fry with the cangkok manis from my backyard…

…for our lunch and yes, that was very nice…

…and there was enough left over for dinner even!

The fish stall is located to the right of CCL FRESH MINI MARKET against the wall at the end of the block to the right of the Grand Wonderful Hotel (2.309601, 111.845163) along Jalan Pipit, off Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai, on your left just before the Petronas petrol station a short distance from Delta Mall. You can also go in via Lorong Pipit 4, turning left into the lane at the junction where Starbucks Sibu is located and go straight ahead from there.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

6 thoughts on “Big and small…”

  1. So nice to get fresh seafood at a good price. What water did you use to cover the prawns with? Direct from the tap or boiled drinking water? You freeze all the prawns in one container? Didn’t freeze them in smaller portions?

    Only the 18 huge ones in one big tub, enough for one dish – two meals. I packed 6 of the 9 small ones in small packets of 3 and used 3 for the vegetable dish. No need to freeze drowned in water, will use up in no time at all.

    I use filtered water, no chlorine smell.

  2. As always, I like cangkuk manis, be it fried with egg or with young corn like the way you did yours or fried with bihun. Cangkuk manis itself is sweet and with prawns added makes it double sweetness…. 😄😄😄 . Your cangkuk manis is doing well, pluck fresh from the garden and into the wok.

    Yes, I plant a whole lot of the stalks and I like to pluck them young and small – the texture of the leaves is very soft and nice, not like the old ones. It is growing well – I just harvested that day and now, I see a lot of new leaves sprouting already.

  3. Oh! I see that they should be frozen like that, in water. I usually just put them in a plastic bag.

    I do this when I intend to freeze for a long time. Short term freezing, will cook very soon, I will keep in a zip lock bag or plastic container.

  4. They sure really big and succulent. 😀

    They sure were! Value for money! A lot more expensive over at your side, I’m sure.

  5. Oh, thanks for the tip on freezing prawns. I never really thought about the best method.

    I buy a lot and keep for a long time – that is why I need to do it this way.

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