One of the nicest events during each of my weekend stay in Brunei has been the fish buying trip to Jerudong Fishermen's Market. Here the scents and sounds of real seaside life are constantly refreshing and energising. The friendliness of the market people is endearing and comforting. It reminds me of those days when I was younger in Sibu where every one knew every one and each was on the lookout for the well being of the other. It is real neigbhourliness in an Asian way.
And I do bring home more than one great memory per trip!!
Shark Liver anyone? This little boy is the son of the lady fishmonger who introduced me to the shark liver. Both of them convinced me to buy a kilo!!
Liver is a favoured food amongst most Asian Cultures. The Chinese have a special regard (often medicinal) for pork liver and many culinary books have been written about this special part of the pig.
However I have the opportunity (or rather opportunities) of eating Shark Liver in Brunei recently. Shark Liver Oil is getting a lot of publicity nowadays especially when squalene ( Squalene is a natural organic compound originally obtained for commercial purposes primarily from shark liver oil, though there are botanic sources as well, including amaranth seed, rice bran, wheat germ, and olives. All higher organisms produce squalene, including humans. It is a hydrocarbon and a triterpene.) has been found to be favourable in preventing wrinkles (hence it is a kind of anti-aging thingy)
My big slice of shark liver
Cut and drained of water.
Stir frying in a Chinese wok.
|Shark liver stir fried with lemon grass and chillies (pepper and soy sauce to taste)|
The shark liver can be made into excellent satay (with lots of cumin and fennel) and sweet gula apong.
So....may be one day you might give this a try . ( I have not tasted the Fast Food counters which serve Hati Yu in Malaysia or Brunei)....so you could be game enough and stand in a queue and buy Shark Liver Stir Fry Rice in a Halal Fast Food Stall in Brunei or you could cook some for yourself.
Psst.....At Bru $5.00 per kg. fresh shark liver is a bargain! And it is a good way to prevent wrinkles (if that is what reseach has reported).