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#2579371 - 03/25/12 05:52 PM Fish Head
Mamala Bay Offline


Registered: 02/21/04
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I was just asking when you eat fish do you eat the fish head. Most don't eat the head but it's really the best part of the fish.

I save the heads for fish soup. Usually I like red fish, but these are small fish(menpachi) so I would use about 8-12 small heads. After eating it...seems my body likes it..gives a real soothing feeling.

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#2579386 - 03/25/12 06:13 PM Re: Fish Head [Re: Mamala Bay]
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My wife eats all the fish heads, including eyeballs. Fish eggs too.

We also make fish soup.

I love fish sauce, btw. Wife customizes it with vinegar, sugar, garlic & super thin carrot strips. slobber
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#2579400 - 03/25/12 06:24 PM Re: Fish Head [Re: Mamala Bay]
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Many Vietnamese dishes need fish sauce, specially egg rolls. Now we can buy prepared fish sauce for egg rolls in Vietnamese groceries.

I do like fish head and fish eggs too.
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#2579409 - 03/25/12 06:31 PM Re: Fish Head [Re: Mamala Bay]
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Really....

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#2579444 - 03/25/12 07:00 PM Re: Fish Head [Re: HTSS_TR]
Turk Offline


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Smash up some peanuts and sprinkle in the fish sauce for the egg & spring rolls... Yum.
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#2579670 - 03/25/12 10:43 PM Re: Fish Head [Re: Mamala Bay]
cutter Offline


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The best meat on the entire fish is the cheek. For those unaware, it's sort of the same as the 'oyster' in a chicken thigh.



And actually, cheek meat is also the best meat on a pig too.

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#2580380 - 03/26/12 03:35 PM Re: Fish Head [Re: cutter]
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Originally Posted By: cutter
The best meat on the entire fish is the cheek. For those unaware, it's sort of the same as the 'oyster' in a chicken thigh.



And actually, cheek meat is also the best meat on a pig too.

I agree. That why I love the head.
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#2580813 - 03/26/12 09:44 PM Re: Fish Head [Re: Mamala Bay]
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Fish head soup as recalled growing as young child an important nutrient sort of a thing. The fish head had a lot of important nutrients especially for the growing younger ones.

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#2580854 - 03/26/12 10:21 PM Re: Fish Head [Re: Mamala Bay]
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#2581182 - 03/27/12 09:40 AM Re: Fish Head [Re: cutter]
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Registered: 07/13/03
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Loc: Tracy, CA
Originally Posted By: cutter
The best meat on the entire fish is the cheek. For those unaware, it's sort of the same as the 'oyster' in a chicken thigh.



And actually, cheek meat is also the best meat on a pig too.



+1 on the fish head cheek meat. Being Asian, this isn't too weird for me.

I once got a whole roast duck from the Chinese market. Watching my cousin eat the duck's head was a bit much, though.

Black eyed peas made with jowls....YUM!
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#2584798 - 03/31/12 09:09 AM Re: Fish Head [Re: Mamala Bay]
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Fish head fish head rolly polly fish head.

Back on topic, my mother would make fish head soup with a little bit of tamarind soup base.
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#2584920 - 03/31/12 10:27 AM Re: Fish Head [Re: BrownBox88]
cutter Offline


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Originally Posted By: BrownBox88
Fish head fish head rolly polly fish head.

Back on topic, my mother would make fish head soup with a little bit of tamarind soup base.


Viet? If so, canh chua is excellent.

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#2584933 - 03/31/12 10:39 AM Re: Fish Head [Re: Mamala Bay]
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I find the cheek meat of any animal I am eating the flesh of to be superb.
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#2584958 - 03/31/12 11:06 AM Re: Fish Head [Re: GMZ]
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I've had several fish head dishes that were quite tasty. I always call the salmon cheek meat when I smoke my salmon.

Here's one: Barbacoa - cow cheek meat. Man it tastes just like a tender perfect steak.

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#2587169 - 04/02/12 02:49 PM Re: Fish Head [Re: Mamala Bay]
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The secret is that the fish cheeks are the best meat of the entire fish, and it is boneless and a fish meat texture with no slimy or gooey substance! Even if you don't eat the fish head you should try it out.

The rest of the head? I'll make a broth out of it and use the broth to make a tofu soup. Yum.
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