I am not really a fan of dealing with fish. I like to eat it (mostly in the raw form of sushi and sashimi than cooked fish), but you will rarely see me cooking up a fish dish at home. Oh and even when a fish tastes good but has too many bones, I won’t eat it! I don’t have the patience to be picking out all the bones. And I get paranoid about getting a bone stuck in my throat (it’s happened to my mom and brother in the past..did NOT look like fun at all).
Anyways back to the story of my torturous fishing days..I think throwing in the bait and reeling in the fish were the only part I took part in with the fishes I caught. My dad would bait the hook with whatever bait he was using for the day. No way in hell I would touch those worms or other icky thingamajigs that fish eat. And when it bit, that is when a slight thrill overcame my boredom. It was most exciting when the fish was big. But still….other than the 10 seconds of the sporadic thrill, fishing for me was like pulling teeth! And then of course, my dad would unhook the fish (cuz I wasn’t going to touch no smelly fish..duh!) and throw them in the bucket with the other fish that had been caught.
Recently, a friend of mine, J, went fishing on a boat. I guess it was a good fishing day for him. He caught a bunch and asked me if I wanted some. I told him, “sure”.
“How many do you want?” He asked. Umm…I had no idea how many I wanted. One or two would have been sufficient. But he just gave me almost everything he caught. Sure…why not. I could experiment and make some things I haven’t had in a while. It’s been forever since I’ve done anything with fish (other than eating it). As much as I hate getting my hands all fishy in fish, I kind of looked forward to it since it is a once in a blue moon thing for me.
The first (and so far the ONLY) dish I made was Sengsun Jorim (braised fish..it is not technically an actual braise, but that is the term it is translated into), using a Blue Dog. Some of the fish were not completely scaled (and others were…friend just got tired and couldn’t finish with all the scaling lol). I used two of the Blue Dogs. One of them was scaled and the other was not. OMG! It was a nightmare to scale. Fish scales flying everywhere as I was cleaning the fish really left a big smelly mess. The fish smell lingered on my hands and went all over my clothes too. I had to take a nice hot shower after all that fish mess and change into new clean clothes. It just reminded me why I hardly ever do fish! LOL
I am not that great with fish because I simply don’t like dealing with it. I need work on my fish skills and now I got all that fish in my freezer waiting to be practiced with. It’s been about a month since I even touched any fish that J gave me. By this rate, I think I will get done using up all that fish probably a year later lol. Hmm…what to cook up next with the remaining fish?!