While at Sam Woo BBQ - Alhambra recently to pick up a to-go order, I saw a young couple in front of me buy a bag of Sam Woo Crisp Fish Skin. Huh! I've never seen this before.
Is it good? I asked the cashier.
She said it was, and at $2 a bag, not too bad of a price to experiment. They had regular and laver flavor. I opted for the seaweed, thinking just plain fried fish skin didn't sound very flavorful. I thought maybe it'd be like the salmon skin in salmon skin rolls at Japanese restaurants?
After popping open the bag, there was very little fish skin. Hmm. The $2 isn't such a great deal after all...
You can see the alternating light and dark sides that show it's obviously fish skin. Lots of bits of seaweed dusting the outside.
How did it taste?
Light, crispy, and full of seaweed flavor. It was actually pretty tasty.
I found the cartoons on the back of the bag with directions on how to eat the crisp fish skin pretty amusing. Direct eating, that's what I did.
A crudite platter with veggies and crisp fish skin?
I can't imagine putting the fish skin in a hot pot. It'll lose all crispness, which rather defeats the purpose.
The ingredients seemed simple enough if you want to fry your own fish skin. My main problem is that de-scaling fish is such a pain, I can't imagine how much work it'd be to remove fish skin to make this snack.
Instead, I ate it with rice and my Thai Basil Beef Stir-fry; the crispy fish skin provided a lovely crunch and flavor contrast, especially with the runny egg yolk. Yum!
A fun little experiment with a new to me food.
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Sam Woo BBQ
514 W. Valley Blvd.
Alhambra, CA 91801
Sunday to Thursday 9 a.m. to midnight
Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
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