I’m terrible at keeping my blog alive. I know my blog post isn’t the most consistent, but I am trying. I believe in quality posts rather than just posting for the sake of posting as that means posting about anything and everything. I want my posts to be practical and informative. It is never about selling, but it is about sharing what I learn along the way in my daily life.
So here it goes.
Remember the lovely ladies, Connie and Natalie, who sell fresh and high quality imported fruits? Well, they have expanded to other items such as veg, fish and chicken too!
I am a big fan of fish. I take almost all types of fish with some minor exceptions – such as kembong, keli, and anything that’s too funky. :s
In their weekly promotion list, I noticed that they have included tilapia fish (非洲鱼🐟) and that naturally caught my attention. I mean – selling fish under Fruity Wonders makes one go hmmm… Anyway, I thought I would give it a go based on the wonderful experience of dealing with these ladies.
For those who don’t know me well – I know how to eat but I don’t know how to cook :p. So, I had to check with the Queen of the House on whether she is happy to cook it. And when the answer was yes, I was literally jumping with joy!
Before I made the purchase, I did a bit of digging from the supplier and asked Ms Connie where were the fishes from and how they were farmed. I’m happy to note that they were farmed locally in pristine waters with clean water supply. An aquaponic system was installed to further remove nitrate, nitrite and ammonia from the water supply too. This provided a healthy balance of water PH and the plants provided extra unique flavours to the fish and its texture.
The fishes are fed with marine pellets (aka animal protein) and plant protein to enhance their sweetness and remove the fishy smell from their bellies. The fishes are also given time to grow up to 7 months before harvesting to ensure that the flesh is meaty and firm. Unlike some of the fishes that we order at the restaurant, either they are too old (tough chewy flesh) or they are too small (light cottony flesh).
I was sold when Connie mentioned that the belly of the fish doesn’t smell. I happily got the fish and went home with my mum. Next, comes the cooking and here are some of the photos that I snapped while the Queen was doing the preparation.
And here are some of the photos of the finished product:
My verdict? The fish was fresh and naturally sweet. The flesh was firm and fleshy, and it does not have any odd smell like what you would normally get in the Chinese restaurants around town. Now, I normally do not eat the belly as it was never properly cleaned, also because of the pungent fishy smell that comes with it. I know what some of you are thinking – that’s THE BEST part! But, this only proves that one man’s meat is another man’s poison indeed. It is worthy to note that the fish belly was nicely cleaned and does not have any of those yucky smell (Queen of the House was very happy with that). It’s the first time that I’ve tasted what a fish belly is supposed to be like, and it’s amazing! So, to all those who love the belly, ok, I admit, I now know what you guys meant when you said it was the BEST part.
So if you are looking for some nice fresh fish, please go contact the wonderful ladies from Fruity Wonders.