However N. and I had a wonderful reception from this particular fishmonger in E Mart. He was a real star!! We gave him all our thumbs up!! (four thumbs)
Sting Ray(ikan pari) and skates are different members of same species but it is difficult to tell them apart . And in most wet market only the wings are sold. At E-Mart in Miri recently I was witness to a fantastic skilful fishmonger's demonstration. He literally cleaned 10 rays within 15 minutes!! I was actually not fast enough to capture all his moves!!
For extra information in this posting do you know that the largest rays have been about 100 kg? Do you know that the ray with the best flavour is called Raja Clavata or the Thornback ray?
Both rays and skates have moist meaty and pinkish flesh which is fine in texture. Most Sarawakians like the flavour of pari.
It is easy to test for freshness. Just rub off the slime from the skin and the slime will soon reappear. Do not be too worried about the ammonia smell because it would be gone with some cooking. However if you are still unsure use some lime juice to rub the flesh. Assam jawa will do the trick too if you have some.
The skin can be easily taken off after cooking.
The best way to cook pari is to grill or have it pan fried with butter.
Now enjoy these photos!!
|(a)first you make slit around the body like this - hold the tail tight|
|(b) lift the tail up again and cut further into the upper part of the body|
|(c)The upper part of the body is being cut off now. Made this photo bigger so that you can see the cleaver.....|
|(d)The fishmonger is quick with his cleaver and the upper part of the body comes off leaving only the wings and the skeleton.|
|(f)The wings are ready to be sliced off. Every body loves the wings|