Dried Salty Fish

@leateagee (3667)
China
March 13, 2013 9:31am CST
My husband usually eats when he arrives from work. He linked to eat at home with home cooking. We always save some for him. He likes vegetables and fish. He seldom eats meat. That is good because its healthy. At least I will not worry he'll have health problem related to ten food he ate. Last night when he came, he brought dried salty fish. He said he saw this in the market and used to eat this when he was younger. He washed the small dried fish because he doesn't want the salty taste of it. Then he left. Tonight when he came back he fried them and ate it. Even though he has washed them, they are still very salty. As I watched him eat, I'm thinking of how much salt is he eating for every bite he does to the fish. I used to eat dried salty fish too but I stopped because it is unhealthy. The salt in it is so much. Have you ever eaten dried salty fish? Do you enjoy eating them? Why do you like to eat them? How often do you eat them?
17 responses
• Indonesia
13 Mar 13
I love dried salty fish want a trick to reduce the saltiness? Tips: Soak the dried salty fish in a bowl with a few sheets of paper, 5-6 sheet according the number of fish(my aunty usually use newspaper, but I use blank paper because I am afraid of the ink from the newspaper). Keep fish and the paper flooded. Wait about 1 hour then rinse the fish and it's ready to be fried or cooked. The saltiness is absolutely reduced to normal. It is so yummy to have fried slty fish with some traditional sauce
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
13 Mar 13
In my country we soak the fish in clean water then change the weater and bring the water to the boil and then repeat this process. But we use cod fish and then this nis cookes on its own with hot peppers and onions etc or with cabbage. If it is cooked with ackee then this is our national dish! I love it!
@leateagee (3667)
• China
14 Mar 13
. Cool! Thank you for the tips mrswhitfield. That is very helpful. I would surely try this the next we buy that fish. . Thank you cynthiann for also sharing to us this process. Wow, it's a hot dish.
@allknowing (68689)
• India
14 Mar 13
When I was younger it was a staple diet for us back home. My mother knew the various ways of using dried fish in her menus. But I never eat it now more because it contains a lot of salt which as you know is not good for health.
@leateagee (3667)
• China
14 Mar 13
It was a staple food also in our country side. Back I didn't grow up there so I didn't eat it much back in my younger days.
@Raine38 (9193)
• United States
13 Mar 13
Back in the Philippines,I always buy this salted, dried fish. It's my favorite breakfast to go with garlic fried rice and coffee. Some vendors make this too salty but me and my mom have this favorite vendor who makes this with just the right saltiness, and the fish are properly dried. My husband doesn't like this, since they never eat this here, and I cannot find it here as well.
@leateagee (3667)
• China
14 Mar 13
. Here re really people who can cook this well. Since you cannot find it there, that is something you should eat once you go back to the Philippines. For me, I will eat milk fish ... Sinigang.
@Bhebelen14 (5206)
• Philippines
13 Mar 13
I love dried salty fish and fried egg then dip into spicy vinegar with garlic. Yummy. Now my mouth is watering and thinking of cooking dried fish tomorrow morning. My husband loves dried salty fish too but he ate it with steamed spinach and fresh tomatoes. I only eat dried salty fish once or twice a month because it can smell in the whole building and sometimes our neighbors are complaining.
@leateagee (3667)
• China
14 Mar 13
. True. Well, when my husband coked it last night we turned on the exhaust but still not enough so all windows were opened. That's nice, eating it with vegetables. He just ate it with rice.
@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
13 Mar 13
I like dried fish. I used to eat it with another fish recipe, paksiw. But now I seldom eat this duo because it made me fat which made me difficult to reduce. I guess we can eat dried fish sometimes but not always.
@leateagee (3667)
• China
14 Mar 13
. I miss all the dishes that you've mentioned. You can still eat occasionally. Just control yourself from eating too much. Have a regular exercise regimen too!
@louievill (19340)
• Philippines
13 Mar 13
I love dried salted fish tuyo, "daing" or bulad in the Southern Philippines, want to lessen the bad effects after eating? I'll tell you a secret why i have remained healthy all these years despite eating all of these type of foods, "DRINK PLENTY OF WATER" Water neutralizes salt and is passed out as urine or sweat, that is if you are a healthy individual
@leateagee (3667)
• China
14 Mar 13
. You are right! I do drink plenty of water. Thanks for that reminder I will share it to my husband.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
13 Mar 13
Dried salt fish cooked with ackee is the national dish of my country. However we boil the salt fish several times in water to remove most of the salt. The salt is a preservative and too much, as you rightly said is bad for you
@leateagee (3667)
• China
14 Mar 13
. Thanks for sharing this information. I never thought that dried salty fish cooked with something else like ackee is a national dish. I wish to taste it some day. I like to it but just lessen the salty preservatives.
@amuzien (90)
13 Mar 13
my aunt can fry fish ,and its always dilicious ,i really miss the fried fish.i once imitated to fry some fish.but i just can't make it...
@leateagee (3667)
• China
13 Mar 13
. Wy don't you ask your Aunt to teach you how does she do it? I asked my mom how to cook some viand a. But I'm really not good at cooking so eventually I didn't learn. I need to practice!
@ChoukseyMK (1052)
• India
15 Mar 13
if salted dried fish is socked in warm water before cooking or frying salt is eliminated not fully but some extend.
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
15 Mar 13
I like dried fish but not the salty one. I choose the kind of dried fish that is not salty. I like dried fish with fresh tomatoes and lemon.
@kokomo (1868)
• Philippines
14 Mar 13
I do love dried salty fish. It is delicious to eat with rice and tomatoes as breakfast. I did not enjoy to eat dried fish during lunch and dinner, only during breakfast. When I started to live independently, I was not anymore fond of eating it because frying is prohibited in our boarding house but I am craving for it sometimes.
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
14 Mar 13
My husband and I love eating dried salty fish along dipped in spicy vinegar along with fried eggs and fresh tomatoes! YUM! We love eating it when it is raining. My mom and dad, being from the Visayas Region would always bring us lots of it everytime they come home from the province. We don't eat all of them. I also send my inlaws some.
• Philippines
14 Mar 13
Love this in the morning especially when it's raining with fried rice and fresh tomatoes. But yes, it is not very good for the health. Better take in a lot of tea after or lots of water :)
@stanley777 (7177)
• Philippines
14 Mar 13
When I was younger dried fish is also one of my favorites especially at breakfast. I guess up to the present it is still, the poor man's favorites because it's affordable. And because it's salted, most health conscious people seldom included dried fish in their lists. I also have them once in a while, a sort of appetizer.
14 Mar 13
I don't like the salty fish, because it is really very very slaty. But I like eating fresh fish. when I was a little, my mom cooked fresh fish at home, that taste is very very delicious, specially the soup. I miss it so much. I will learn it and cook for my mom.
@rekhum (2434)
• India
14 Mar 13
I like the salty fish and have them quite often. I have started liking it while I was a kid and my sister used to fry them and serve the fish. They are delicious no doubt.
@amuzien (90)
13 Mar 13
i used to fry some fresh fish myself,and i just can't make it!it's hard to cook it delicious...