01/04/2016 11:00 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Giant Mudskippers Braised with Pepper

In the southernmost province of Ca Mau, there are many delicious dishes cooked using giant mudskippers, such as fish braised with soy sauce, grilled with chili and salt and salad. However, the most favourite and popular is giant mudskippers braised with pepper.

The locals catch giant mudskippers using different methods like fishing in the daytime, using a flashlight  at night to attract them and fish traps. However, the most popular way is placing a coconut-leaf pleated pot at the mouth of their burrows.

Giant mudskippers braised with pepper is a specialty of the southernmost province of Ca Mau.  

In preparation for cooking, the fish is cleaned, scaled and gutted before being mixed with seasonings like milled pepper, fish sauce, salt, chili, sugar, caramel syrup and coconut milk.

Put the prepared ingredients in an earthen pot with sliced pork and  a little water and then simmer over a  low fire until the fish and pork are well-blended and brown. Lastly, add sliced spring onions. The fish is best served with  hot rice or gruel and pickled cucumber and basil.

Giant Mudskipper is listed as one of six strangest animal species in the world for its prominent eyes.

The fish can move quickly across a muddy surface and is capable of breathing both in and out of water.

The species lives in burrows in the mud and emerges from the burrow at low tide on sunny days.


Story: Van Quy - Photos: Nguyen Luan