Salted Fish! Yes, I love salted fish. It’s one food item that can make me eat more rice. In fact a lot of rice….*big smiles*. It’s SO appetising. I can survive just on salted fish and rice porridge. That’s just how good it is. You have missed out on this one special food of the ancient of days if you have never tried it. It’s just too good to miss.
Some of you may be already glaring at me with bull frog eyes as you hear the word ’salted’ and then the scream ‘high blood pressure!’. It’s ok, I can’t see you…*big grin*. And then more when you read ‘pork belly”…..screaming ‘cholesterol!’….haha. Let me tell you something. I think we are living in a society of fear, fear that have been instilled by certain groups of people until we are so confused. So confused are we that good, healthy food are called unhealthy and unhealthy food are called healthy. To help with our confusion, let’s read widely and in depth in order to make informed choices.
Of course we must eat healthy food and live a healthy lifestyle. However, it is highly important to eat food that’s as close to nature as possible and as much as possible try to avoid all the processed food and other food with added preservatives and additives including trans-fat which is also called industrial fat that’s widely used in commercial bakes. Not all salts are equal neither are all the oils. Go for good quality sea salt instead of table salt, butter instead of margarine, freshly made juices instead of boxed ones, pure olive oil instead of vegetable oil, unrefined sugar instead of white sugar, etc etc.
This dish is full of flavour and taste. It’s also quite salty so you won’t end up eating a lot of meat. And because it’s salty I don’t add salt to my vegetable stir fry. It tastes even better the next day so it’s worth cooking more so that you can enjoy it the next few days. That’s what I did. I must have cooked this dish at least 4 times.
However, if you are already suffering from high blood pressure or high cholesterol, then I would advise you not to eat this dish too much and too often.
There are 2 people that I am really thankful for who make this dish possible. Firstly it is Claire from Caring Is Not Only Sharing. When she came in April, she bought for me 2 pieces of the famous salted fish. My gosh….it’s so expensive! A small piece of 61g for RM12.20! That’s about £2.50. She told me I only need to use a little bit to add to a meat dish or tofu dish. I didn’t listen to her. I used half a piece for my first dish of this pork belly and salted fish….*big grin*. Claire is a very friendly lady, a blogger from Ipoh, Malaysia. We had a wonderful time when she came. You can read more at A Blogger From Malaysia Landed In Aberdeen.
Besides Claire, there is this very lovely, sweet and friendly bank officer that we met for the first time when we went home recently. While waiting for the bank transaction, we talked about food. She introduced us a shop which sells good food at a reasonable price, Delta Cafe. One of it’s most popular dishes is the pork belly with salted fish. She said it’s a must to try. Of course we did. My gosh…..that was SO good! I knew I had to try and cook it and sure I did when I got back here. Really so happy I got it right and can share with you here. Keep Learning Keep Smiling!…..*big smiles*.
Oh wait, I forgot to tell you. This salted fish is very different from other salted fish. The flesh is soft and a little mushy, not the usual flaky ones. I think it is fermented to get that texture. The hard and flaky ones are only salty without the nice flavour. This special salted fish is easily available back home. My mother-in-law always adds to tofu and steam. My gosh….that’s SO delicious! Over here in UK, I have seen it sold in Asian supermarkets. They are soaked in oil in bottles.
Right, here’s my recipe for my most appetising pork belly with salted fish.
30g salted fish (break up into small pieces)
2 red chillies (sliced)
Heat up some oil in a frying pan. Add the salted fish and chillies and fry until fragrant. Dish up.
50g ginger (sliced)
1 red onion (sliced)
1 big onion (sliced)
1/2 whole garlic
Heat up some oil in a frying pan. Add the ginger, garlic and onions. Fry until fragrant. Dish up.
1T light soya sauce
1T oyster sauce
1T dark soya sauce
500g pork belly (sliced)
Heat up some oil in a frying pan. Add the sliced pork belly. Fry for a few minutes.
Then add the fried ingredients of Ingredients A, B and C.
Cook for a while until the pork is cooked. Add more water if it dries up. You want it with some sauce.
Dish up and serve with rice and vegetable stir fry. It’s simply the best and sure to bring smiles……..mmmmm.
Oh, I forgot to tell you. When my friends, Joyce and her mom, came early this month, they bought me some more of this salted fish. You can imagine how my eyes sparkled when I saw it…..*big smiles*. That would enable me to cook another few more times……yay. If I go back next time, I think I must try to bring in a few kilos…*big grin*.
Ok, now is your turn to cook. I’ll be back soon. Til then, see you in my next post.
Quote of the day……
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”
- Corrie Ten Boom