We were out of fish last Friday, no more in our freezer, so I drove over to my favourite fish & seafood stall nearby to see what I could buy. Unfortunately, it was not open for business. The nice lady did say that they would not open on days when there were no ships coming into Mukah bringing in their fresh catch.
We still had quite a lot of the prawns I bought that day but we had been eating those rather often so we thought we would like to give it a bit of a break. Otherwise, we could cook some lovely tom yam soup with those crustaceans – that would be very nice.
In the end, I went over to the nearby fruits &vegetables sundry shop in the next lane from my house. They always have pek chio/ikan bawal putih (white pomfret) and or chio/ikan bawal hitam (black pomfret) but they always seal them in plastic and freeze upon receiving them to make sure they stay fresh so theirs have not been cleaned and I did not fancy the chore of doing it myself that morning.
Other than those two, they only had salmon and cod slices so I bought a couple of slabs of each. My girl enjoys these and I was thinking that it would be good to stock some in the freezer for her to enjoy slowly.
That morning, my missus fried a slice of the cod…
She went through the trouble of frying some sliced shallots and chopped garlic to sprinkle over the fish and prepared this chili dip with kikkoman sauce…
…to go with it and yes, that was very nice. We sure enjoyed it a lot!
I saw that the vegetable stall next to this shop that I frequent had some very fresh and nice looking paku (wild jungle fern) so I went over and bought some. RM6.00 a kilo, the chatty lady said. I took what I needed and she said it was 600gms altogether, RM3.00. It did not occur to me at that point in time – I just paid her the money, took the paku and left. Now that I have had time to think about it, it seemed that she had undercharged me – it should have been RM3.60. I shall have to pay her the next time I stop by.
My missus cooked some with sliced fish cake, masak lemak (with coconut milk)…
…and yes, that was good too! We could have added a few of the aforementioned prawns – that would bring the taste to a whole new level but she did not do it.
There you have it! Our simple no-meat meals on our no-meat day last Friday. Now what shall we eat tomorrow? Gee!!! How time flies!!!