If you are completely turned off by the thought of eating fish head let alone some "delicate" bits of the fish head aka the gooey eye balls, then I would probably suggest you flick over to some other blog now, haha! On the contrary, if you are a huge fan of fish head like obviously I am - and if you think the fish head is really the best part of the fish and brings out the best flavors in a soup or fish curry or assam curry, then by all means please continue reading this blog post.
I haven't had too many cravings. I just WANT food all the time. I do find that I tend to somehow "crave" seafood more than anything else. And spicy soups. And I can't get enough of 2-minute noodles although I know how bad they are for me. I am totally not interested in roast meats at this stage. I like soupy things and fishy things.
So naturally, as soon as my taste buds decided to pop the FISH HEAD SOUP idea into my head, I could not make it go away. I went to South Melbourne Market on Wednesday and asked THREE seafood outlets for fish head but none of them had any. So I had to wait until Friday and went again nice and early!
Seafood Shop Person: Hi, can I help you?
Me: Yes, you don't happen to have any Snapper Fish Heads out at the back, do you?
Seafood Shop Person: Fish heads.. err.. yeah ok let me check. (walks to the back room to check)
Me: (Waits... waits...)
Seafood Shop Person: (walks out of the back room carrying a MASSIVE Snapper fish head) Like this one?
Me: PERFECT! How many you got?!
Seafood Shop Person: (holds up FOUR fingers)
Me: Yeah, I'll take them ALL thanks!!
Fellow Shopper: Do you make soup out of those fish heads?
Me: Yeah. Usually a spicy soup like Tom Yum or a Fish Head Curry.
Fellow Shopper: And do you like add anything else to it like prawns, etc?
Me: You can. I would if I had the prawns. And calamari too. And obviously the mushrooms and veggies, etc depending if I was making a Tom Yum or Curry the veggies would vary.
Fellow Shopper: Man.. I just bought the entire fish to make soup. Maybe I should've just asked for the fish heads too...
Me: Oh yeah, they're great and they're good value.
Fellow Shopper: Oh yeah, the fish heads the best bit! Anyway thanks, I know now for next time..
Me: (turning back to Seafood Shop Person) so how much?
Seafood Shop Person: 10 dollars, thanks.
2 x large Snapper Fish Heads
200g mushrooms, sliced
4 tbsp Instant Tom Yum Paste
4 litres water
3 tbsp fish sauce
100g calamari rings
1 bunch of spring onions, roughly chopped
Fresh Coriander leaves for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot, boil water until just simmering. Add tom yum paste and stir well.
Add fish heads, calamari and mushrooms. Close the lid of the pot and reduce heat to medium low and let the soup gently simmer for approx. 20 minutes.
Add fish sauce, salt and pepper to taste. Add spring onions and simmer for another 10 minutes.
Serve hot and garnish with coriander leaves.