Frogfish live in the wild, shaped like an eel but larger in size. There was a frog that was caught measuring more than a meter long, its body as big as an adult’s wrist. These fish are slippery, very strong and aggressive, making it difficult to catch, they live mainly in saltwater, fresh water and brackish water, many appear in coastal lagoons and estuaries.
The frog fish has an eel-like appearance with smooth skin
In the past, this fish received little attention, and was even criticized heavily for its ugly appearance, complicated processing. Therefore, after being caught, the fish are cleaned with ash or diluted lime water, then peeled off the skin with a warm towel, then the stomach is cut, the intestines, head and tail removed.
Anh Giang (in Nga Son district, Thanh Hoa) said that this fish has an unsightly appearance, so many people are afraid, moreover catching it is very time consuming, so it was previously unpopular, and no one brought it. sell on the market. In recent years, this fish has become a “life-changing” specialty. Frog fish can be made into a variety of delicious dishes such as braised frog with banana and beans, grilled frog and boiled frog, where salads are very popular dishes.
Fish salad is the famous specialty of Thanh Hoa
To prepare this fish salad, the maker has to go through a very complicated chain of processing. After being caught, the fish are cleaned with ash or diluted lime water, then peeled off the skin with a warm towel, then the stomach is split open, removing the intestines, head, tail and bones for meat.
The process of screening meat is very important if it is done quickly, but requires careful processing so that the fish meat does not crumble, the bones do not stick to the meat. Next, slice the meat diagonally. In order to make food fresher, cooks usually just squeeze it with finely ground galangal together with thinly sliced lemongrass, rice is usually left alone while eating, if anyone likes it, mix it.
Delicious dish of frog fish
In the market, fish is sold at a price of 500,000 – 600,000 VND/kg, in times of scarcity the price can reach 900,000 VND/kg. In addition to fresh frogfish, there is also ready-to-use boiled frogfish with prices up to 900,000 VND/pot of 1-1.5kg. The seller introduces a pot of boiled fish with a strong village taste, in addition to marinated spices such as galangal, turmeric, ginger, must be cooked with firewood and rice husks for 24 hours with its own secret to get the best taste.
Selling fish stocks in the online market, Ms. Hoai Thuong (in Dong Da, Hanoi) says that making frog fish takes time, so many customers prefer stocked fish. “The braised frogfish should choose one that weighs around 600-700g/head and is still alive, the frog is now big enough to give a lot of meat, the meat is also nicer and firmer than small fish. not sweet and fragrant. This dish is “sold out” on cold winter days, eat so much rice, every day I have to sell dozens of pots to customers”, Ms. Thuong shared.
Because these fish are sold at a high price, people who hunt frogs also have a decent income. Tuan Manh (in Nga Thai commune, Nga Son district, Thanh Hoa) says that during the hunting season, he alone can make millions. Nowadays due to environmental pollution, fish are also getting less and less, so as many traders as possible come to the house to buy everything.\
In restaurants, hotels, fish can be processed into many special, delicious and strange foods, making it quite expensive not only in the Nga Son district of Thanh Hoa but also in many big cities.
Fishing is hard work but brings good income for people