Friday, April 07, 2006

evil smelling fish...

Most cats have a very discerning palate. We demand only the freshest fish, whether eating it raw or cooked.

Give us fish that has been kept in the fridge too long, and we will turn up our nose at it.

Humans on the other paw have really strange tastes. Some even eat rotten fish!

In Iceland, people eat rotten shark called hákarl which has been putrefying after being buried (in sand and gravel for six months). The rotten meat smells like ammonia as the meat is full of uric acid.

In Sweden, they eat a fermented Baltic herring called surströmming which are sold in tins and when first opened smells like rotten garbage. For this reason, it is usually eaten outdoors.

Fermented fish is also used to make fish sauce which is a staple condiment in many countries. There is nước mắm from Vietnam, nam pla (น้ำปลา) in Thailand, yúlù (魚露) in China, jeotgal (젓갈) in Korea, kecap ikan in Indonesia and patis in the Philippines. It is not just in Asia. In the UK, the popular Worcestershire sauce is also made from fermented fish (amongst some other ingredients).

Another smelly fishy condiment is shrimp paste which is made from crushed fermented shrimp. It is used in cooking in China and other southeast Asian countries.

Thankfully we don't have much smelly fish in my house, although my human keeps nam pla as it is essential in Thai cooking, and Worcestershire sauce which is totally necessary for Bloody Mary.

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.

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Today wasn't as cold as yesterday, but I still napped for most of the day. I am looking forward to lots of lap time.

keisercat@wildmail.com

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