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Mackerel & The Summer

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  • Mackerel & The Summer


    The Summer comes with vine ripe tomatoes, herbs (basil lá quế) and American Mackerel which kids can catch a bucket full of them in one afternoon at the ocean pier (= no fishing licence needed, if fishing from a public pier).

    Oh, Hawaiian fresh ripe pineapples are great too!

    The Chinese provide you with Jiangxi dried noodles; just soak them in cold water for 2 hours, boil salty water, in the noodles for about a minute or three, rinse well with cold water.

    Now, léts whip them together for a tasty-smelly meal! hahahahahahahahahaha


    * fresh American mackerel, gutted and gilled

    * ripe tomatoes

    * ripe pineapple

    * green onion, yellow onion, garlic

    * fresh basil leaves

    * reconstituted noodles

    * lime & hot pepper


    ** do the noodles first, let them drained well.

    ** marinate the mackerel, cut into two or three, one fish minimum per eater, with fish sauce, sugar.

    ** saute' sliced yellow onion & garlic with a small amount of canola oil until fragrant; then add cold water (or diluted chicken broth) enough for the meal (= 3 - 4 4oz ladles per person)

    ** bring to boil, add sliced pineapple, then wedges of tomatoes without seeds

    ** add the fish, throw away the marinate

    ** taste for salt; use fish sauce to adjust the saltiness

    ** As soon as the fish JUST COOKED, ie. 5 - 7 minutes after returning to boil;

    off the heat; add saute' shallot & basil;

    assemble the bowl with noodles in the bottom, chunks of fish, tomatoes, pineapple, freshly teared basil leaves; wedge of lime & chili pepper.

    Use fish sauce side dish for dipping.

    Cold beer or ice tea as chaser!

    Listerine or Scope (tm) as a must, afterward!