June 7, 2012

Mudskipper Soup

The drawing above (from Google) reminds me of my days living in Nang Chong where mangrove swamps teemed with wonderful life!! Mud skippers stared at us and we teased them with rubber bands.

In the days of my childhood I would use rubber bands to hit mudskippers. We would compete by counting how many hits we made. This was a game for both boys and girls.  This game is similar to hitting marbles or pop caps (pop chui gai) . Today I would think that we children in those days were quite cruel to animals.

And in later years many young men in Sibu liked to use their "air guns" to shoot birds. One such young man was careless and he almost killed a neighbour's old mother.

 Our village life in Nang Chong was made merrier then when we could use our catapults to shot at little things (alive or dead) and train ourselves as marksmen/women.

How life has changed over the years. Children no longer make pot shots at mud skippers. While we did not eat mud skippers many of us have travelled miles across the seas to go to China to enjoy some special dishes we have never heard of.

Have you ever eaten mud skippers? Yes they are very edible indeed.

this is a photo from google showing mudskipper hot pot .

this is my own photo taken in Putien China in April when I had my own real experience of eating mudskipper soup.
Mud skipper soup is an exotic dish many visitors to Fujian Province of China and especially Xiamen would like to try.
I have tried the soup which is delicious. But the mud skipper is a little nasty looking when examined closely. So I only ate part of it to show my politeness.


Daniel Yiek said...

yeah, saw these sold live in China markets

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Hi Daniel ...I* didn't see that...must have been interesting for you!! How much did they cost?

Ann said...

U really ate the soup?

When my maternal grandma came down to town, she once stayed at Mission rd, ( No, she was too old to be in that kind of business and then I was too embarrassed to tell people my grandma live there because people sniggered the moment I mention Mission rd.) There were lots of mud skippers. I often asked if these fish down there could be eaten.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Ann..my mum said they never did think about eating mud skippers...and later she found to her horror that Eh Meng Ran jia mud skippers in Xiamen....she won't have the soup. the next generation did!! But I do wonder if some of the Hokkiens in Sibu ever cooked their own mud skipper soup in Mission Road...have to ask my Hokkien cousins...

Anonymous said...

I’m from Florida, and my mom has the best recipe for mudskipper pate. Yum! Also mudskipper pie with the sour cream frosting with prawns.

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