fish head 2-3 pcs. (about a kilo) tamarind broth or powder (about 20grams) tomato - 3 pcs (cut in quarters) onion - 2 pcs (cut in quarters) string bean - 1/4 kilo green long pepper - 2 pcs a bit of salt - for taste
boil tomato and onion and add a bit of salt for two to three minutes then put the fish head until cooked (about 5 mins) then the veggies - you can add more veggies if you want (like radish, chinese cabbage)
i'm not a good cook but i always make this recipe after fishing
try to unscale the whole fish first with a spoon before cutting the head off.
also try this dish. 2-3 fish head 3 ripe tomatoes (don't cut) 5 gms ginger (sliced in thin strips) 2 onions (cut in half) a pinch of salt black powdered pepper to taste.
boil the onion, ginger, tomatoes in two cups of water until tomato skin is peeled or about to peel. put the fish heads, cook for 10 mins or until you think it is already cooked. add salt and pepper to taste.
Tamarind is like a large bean pod. It has a citric flavour. Any Asian grocer will have it and these days most supermarkets will have it.
It is better to use the semi dried "paste" than the powder. The difference is like fresh ground coffee to instant coffee!
The paste (not really a paste) is the whole pod semi dried. It comes with or without the seeds. It is very sticky.
Simply put the desired amount of paste in a bowl or mug and cover with boiling water. Wait 15 minutes and strain out the pulp. You then have fresh tamarind juice ready for your soup or curry.
To remove scales and bones etc from the stock, line a colander with a clean tea towel or cheese cloth and strain...You will still be able to recover any meaty bits from the heads and add them back to the stock. But the stock itself will be bone and scale free.
itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
If you want to scale a fish head with ease........use a water blaster! It works mint. Just do it on your lawn, you dont have to be real close, and hold the fish down with your foot. Scales will disappear next time you mow the lawn
Fish heads ,you can crush them up in a mincer , good burley , oil slick from a boat , in a burley bucket . I have heard some people boil them up , big heads of course , good soup .if your hungry why not .