Yummy plain fried Jacket Fish
The name of this fish sounds like a rock band or maybe big biker’s gang name! Anyway, the Unicorn Leather fish (scientific name, Aluterus Monoceros ) or locally known as Barat Barat is commonly seen in stalls that sell grill fish. Due to its’ large eyes and ugly looking features, this fish although commercially available, they are rather inexpensive. The Unicorn Leather jacket fish is full of flesh and does not have small bones. So it is relative easy to eat. The outer leather like skin of the fish is grey in colour and normally the fish vendor will peel this skin off before displaying it for sales. The inner skin is white in colour and is very thin. The flesh has nice natural sweetness and is very tasty. Make sure that the fish liver is removed completely, or not it will leave a strong ‘fishy’ smells on the meat. Since the inner skin is rather thin, it is real hassle to fry the fish using a normal wok. It will stick to the wok even if you use lots of hot oil. To avoid this from happening, you can use nonstick wok instead to fry this fish. I like to steam the fish, tomyam style or just fry it plain.