Cue Jaws music. Baaaaah DUM. Baaaaaaaah DUM. BAAAAAAAHH DUMDUMDUMDUMDUMDUM.
You guys all know what I’m talking about. Don’t deny it.
ANYWAYS, I would like to introduce you all to Mr. Snapper. Mr. Red Snapper. He may not amount to much in the looks-wise, but let me tell you, in the flavor department- he was PRETTY DARN TASTY. Notice:
Ok, ok. I’ll admit you can’t see much of him in that picture. But those herbs and aromatics are what lent him his DELICIOUS SCRUMPTIOUSNESS. And I don’t care if that’s redundant, because the wonderful taste of this fish is worth emphasizing.
You may be wondering, did I eat at a restaurant? A Chinese one, perhaps? No, my friends. What you see before you is a steamed red snapper, excellently cooked by my loving mother.
Steamed in a Chinese-ish style, my mom cut inserted slices of ginger into the fish pre-cooking, then dropped him on top of plate into a pot of boiling water. 15 minutes later, she loaded him up with aromatics like cilantro, scallions, and hot peppers then poured a soy sauce-based sauce over him. After cooking for a ‘lil bit (so all the greens can infuse the fish with their lovely flavors and aromas), she spooned another sauce over him. It’s actually a relatively simple cooking process, but the end result was AMAZING.
By steaming the fish, the meat cooks really quickly and it stays uber-soft. Plus, steaming is one of the healthiest ways to prepare food – no extra oil or butter needed, just plain ol’ water.
Red snapper, like almost all other fish, is extremely low in saturated fat and an excellent source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. It’s also an excellent source of vitamin B6 (which is essential for the body’s processing of carbohydrates) and vitamin B12 (which also helps metabolize not only carbohydrates, but protein and fat, and is also needed for red blood cell production and nerve cell development). It’s recommended that you get 2-3 servings of fish a week, so looks like I can check this off my list for this week!
My mom also prepared some excellent ban-chan (i.e. side dishes) for our fishy feast.
You can imagine the way our jaws dropped when my mom brought the plate to the table.
Look at that tender, white snapper meat…
That’s the sign for everyone to…
Note the pieces of ginger that were inserted into the fish so they could impart all their wonderful sweet spiciness to the actual flesh.
Don’t lie. You’re drooling right now.
You can imagine that I ate almost all of the veggies. They were really good too. But the fish.. Oh man, THE FISH.. It was fall-apart-in-your-mouth tender and just infused with so much flavor..
After 20 minutes of serious munching, and comments like “Oh GAWD THIS IS GOOD” and “HOLY MOLY UMMAH EE-GUH SO MAT-EET-SUH” all that remained were:
It was gone too soon..
You might wanna wipe your chin, you got a little bit of drool right there :P
Seriously, when my mom goes all out like this, my tastebuds are in heaven. And she cooks with minimal oil and sodium so that it’s healthy, but still has tons of flavor. I don’t know how I’m going to survive next year without her cooking…
Well that was another long, food-porn filled post. I’ve been craving Greek food lately, so maybe I’ll hit up a Greek restaurant later this week? And this time, I’ll make sure to bring my camera so I can take lots of pictures.
And… I HAVE ONE MORE WEEK OF SCHOOL LEFT!!! Today was officially my last Monday of high school because I go on Senior Service starting next week. I’m pumping myself up for it. COME ON, 4 MORE DAYS. LET’S DOO THIIIISS!!!