When I was young, seafood is always one of our staples on the dinner table, and of all the seafood, “chee yah hu” (in Hokkien) is one that got featured rather often. The reasons are simple, they’re delicious, and rather economical.
For those who aren’t familiar, “chee yah hu”, or “chia hu” is a type of mullet fish, available at local wet markets.They are usually around 6 inches in size, and if you’re lucky, packed with caviar too!
Knowing I love this fish, mom bought some over from Sungai Petani and I got to cook it for dinner right here in Klang Valley. I prepared it the simplest way possible – frying.
Here’s how I prepare:
- clean and pat dry the mullet
- sprinkle generous amount of salt
- heat up oil (enough to cover half the fish), and fry until the fins are crispy
- remove and serve while hot!
I also fried some garlic as a side for this, the fish was absolutely fantastic with steamed rice and some soy sauce, you can also have them with sambal too.
Happy cooking and happy eating!