Tuesday, May 01, 2012


Fate found me in a Vietnamese market last night seeking sustenance in the form of odd and sundry items that I might cook in my humble kitchen.  In browsing the shelves I eventually came upon this item:

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Yes, I know, I should have bought this immediately.  You are saying to yourself, “Self, I would be running towards the cashier once I spied this steal.”  But somehow I could not pull the trigger.  Like a bad poker player who finds the perfect time to bluff, I could not do it when it finally came time to push my chips in.  Instead I bought these items:


The answer to your question is: yes, I am starving!


Meg said...

I bet those little fish are like nice, crunchy, salty potato chips. I would have passed on them too... The other picture makes me crave Beef Cold Noodle.

Twisted Scottish Bastard said...

It looks terribly vegetarian and too PC for you.

Where's the pork, the bleeding steaks, the jars of vitriol?

Looks tasty though. I bet the little fish would have fried up well.

Patience_Crabstick said...

I was thinking the same thing as TSB: where's the meat? (Not to diss vegetarians, I was one for years myself, but I've now returned to the dark side.)

Jolene said...

Oolala. Say the words "dried sardines" around people and you get one of two reactions. Either they love them... or they don't.
I like fresh sardines, grilled with nothing but salt and lemon juice, but mackerel is one of my all time favorite fish, and smoking it makes it even better. Yum.
Hope you are not starving anymore :)

Jolene said...

Mackerel -- I'm talking the fresh kind, not canned -- are one of Nature's great gifts.

And now I'm hungry.

Tabor said...

I use the fermented fish sauce instead of little dried fish! Both are the same level of stinkiness when cooking. Looks good.

Suze said...

The image of those little guys is oddly mesmerizing.

I would say pickled ginger would help tremendously -- I love it so. But I see you have fresh. Unless that is some other sort of root.

In any event, you have chosen well Chingiss.

Kerry said...


angryparsnip said...

I agree on the mackerel, so good.
Rather interested, what did you make and I must say very envious that you have a neighborhood Korean market.

cheers, parsnip

Kerry said...

Yeah. What did you make?

Laoch, and any other gamblers out there, I have a situation. All advice freely accepted.

Laoch of Chicago said...

meg, beef cold noodle!

tsb, it was pretty bleak from an enjoyment standpoint.

pc, I eat too much meat so I am trying to have less. : (

jolene, they use canned mackerel in prison as a currency because no one likes to eat it. Mackerel is quite good for one though.

Laoch of Chicago said...

tabor, I like the Vietnamese fish sauce and use it while cooking all the time. It does add something to the dish.

sue, it is fresh ginger which ones loves.

kerry, chicken of the sea.

I made noodle wraps. Chicago is good in that we have a lot of Asian markets. There are six within three miles of my house.

kerry, I made noodle wraps. I am happy to assist with any of your gambling dilemmas.

Alittlesprite said...

aww.. look at all their sad little fishy faces..
I don't think I could eat something that still had its eyes attached..or its entire head for that matter!

Laoch of Chicago said...

sprite, I too have that very western aversion to eating the heads of animals.

Jill of All Trades said...

Yum, YUM! Even before I knew what to do with them, passing things like that on the isle always made me one "go for it", but I also chickened out-and when I didn't I'd just have a cupboard full of stale weird things I was too scared to cook and too stubborn to throw out.

As to the little fishes, these look like a slightly longer variety than my staple favorite in Uganda known as mukene, Even here they are considered not much more than dog food, but lately some companies are packaging them without the sand and stones and ready to eat for humans. I have become a Mukene Sautee-Expert, and they actually would have gone great with what else you bought. BUT if you're not ready to go wild, follow my dad's seemingly tasteless boiled recipe:

he's diabetic so he boils al his food in one pot, no salt-chicken, veggies, fish, and maybe pork if he wants (like a spice-less hot pot). He throws a handle full of those into the mix , and it's like a freakin gourmet meal, I kid you not. The flavors are AMAZING. The secret is (besides the fishes) NOT TOO MUCH WATER, boil does not equal drown.

Laoch of Chicago said...

jill, I am a pretty adventuresome eater so I am willing to try anything really. I am not surprised about the fish cooking down as the Asian fish sauces are essentially that so it makes sense.

It must have been quite interesting eating in Uganda. I'd like to try some dishes from there sometime.

Antares Cryptos said...

Asian markets are a great place to explore things one can't identify.

Laoch of Chicago said...

ac, I find them good because they force you to break long held eating habits.

Not So Simply Single said...

Those little fish, my Mother used to buy those for our kitty cats.

Thats the only way I see them, as cat food.