Let Us Be Tan and Eat Smelts

September 8, 2009



It's 6:30 pm and we're sun-stroked at the front of my house. Our bodies are boiled from fun.  We have drank too much, eaten too much, swam too much. We're useless. 

I find that the best thing to do is fry up some smelts.  Some crispy fried little fishes.  I generously season a plate of cornstarch and dredge their little bodies for that added crunch.  I heat a wok filled with oil on high and flash fry them.

The man at the fish counter told me they handled like french fries, only they fry faster --1-2 minutes, that's all they need.

I bring my dad a plate of little fishes, dressed with a lemon. Then, I join the quiet crowd outside. My friends and I squint at the sun and munch down the hot smelts and drink the last of the beer. Head, tail, entrails and all.  It's magic hour.


5 comments:

pigpigscorner said...

ahh..the best way to enjoy these little fishies.

Elra said...

I wouldn't mind eating lots of these.

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Mmmmm it's the simple things that are often the best. I love fried smelt with a little grated daikon and ponzu.

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Whitebait. Yummy. In Nigeria we have them with puff puff (little donut holes, kinda); when I lived in Liverpool my favourite Greek resturant did them. Haven't had them in a while - yummy

Juliana said...

I like the fried smelt, although mu husband will not go near it :-)

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