Nothing fishy about this

I spotted this roadside fish market quite by chance as I drove through an area where I seldom go.
There, right next to a newly-constructed fishermen jetty in Hidd, was this place swarming with just about any kind of fresh catch.
Over the weekend, we drove down and this is when we saw the wonderful collection – straight from the fishing dhow to the tray, literally!
Clams of several kind, shellfish, squid, lobsters, crab, king fish, hamour and what have you.
The one good part is the catch is priced literally half the market rate – and pay a fraction extra and they even clean it for you.
Certainly a seafood lover’s paradise!

Desi fish ‘n’ chips



Fish and chips is an all-time favourite around the world. But I gave it a twist this evening.
After marinating Kingfish steaks in a wee bit of red vinegar, salt, red and black pepper, it was cooked on the plate grill and then served with raw onion, lemon mint leaves and seasoned French fries.
The turnaround was complete. We had the best of both worlds – the East and the West –  and did not regret it. The taste is awesome!

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At the Fishmonger’s

DSC_7204We visit the fishmongers in Manama once a month. And this gentleman, from Bangladesh, keeps the choicest catch ready, cleaned and packed for use as we reach.
He is also up to date with technology, liberally using WhatsApp and Instagram for marketing, sending out messages and pictures to customers, who can then decide what they want.
The best part, however, is we can pick up the ‘consignment’ as we pass the shop, not bothering to find a parking spot in the normally congested lanes.
How times have changed!

Spiced crispy prawns


20141004_231642This is more of an evening snack than  a regular lunch or dinner meal. But since it is so simple to make, I decided to ‘complicate’ it a bit and make gravy and rice also.
Ir 500 grams of prawns, put half a teaspoon of red chilli powder, a little turmeric powder and salt (to taste) and shallow fry for a few minutes until brown. Remove and keep aside.
In the same pan, shallow fry a large, coarsely-chopped onion for a couple of minutes.20141004_231600
For the gravy, take a few cloves of garlic, a small piece of ginger, a large tomato and a large onion and mix into a paste in a blender. Add red chilli powder, turmeric, coriander powder and cumin powder and fry in a little oil until the oil separates from the masala. You can chop in a green chilli as well depending on the taste. Add a little…

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Now this is enterprise!


BrMxQojCYAAanzFThis is a restaurant in New Delhi, India. I have no clue who took this picture but was stuck by the ingenuity and enterprise of whoever thought out the name. Not only that, the ‘fried’ turned to a healthier ‘fish’ and the legendary Col Sanders of KFC turned up as a smartly attired and graceful Sikh gentleman.
Brilliant, to say the least. I wonder what the colonel would think when he is shown this sign!
By the looks of it, SFC would be doing roaring business, as does any other restaurant in the Indian capital. And, not to be outdone, the Smart Sardar of Fish and Chicken also offers free home delivery.
Now that calls for a pat on the back for sure!