Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Grilled Unagi

Like they say, I didn't say by the way, there's always short-cuts to life. Whether short cuts to success, short cuts to happiness or shortest cut to money, it all depends on you. Its you choice please. For me, nothing came easy, I also am aware that I got work my butt out for whatever I want to achieve. Call working hard or working smart or both, regardless, when it comes to cooking, there's no harm if we take short cuts. For that, we sure can depend on pre-prepared ingredients. I did. I had grilled eel, aka unagi (Egg Fish Roll & Fried Fish Garlic Chilli) on my mind, but I still don't know how to clean this slimy wriggly fish (Sour Fish Soup & Fish Curry Radish). Of course, the fish monger wouldn't have mind cleaning (Assam Fish Curry, Ikan Asam Pedas & Chilli Coriander Steamed Fish), then again, why bother when grilled unagi is (Grilled Salmon) available at most hypermarkets. So, I bought a packet and cleverly elevated its taste.
Easy preasy cooking (Turmeric  Tomato Soup, Cumin Rice & Kampung Fried Rice), I gave the eel a spin and delightful twist (Thai Style Fish) by grilling it with olive oil and paired it with fresh raw cucumber (Cucumber Yogurt Salad & Watermelon Mint Salad) and spring onion curls, also, a home style spicy-tangy dip and rice. A complete meal ready within a couple of minutes, its a delicious treat especially for those who love Japanese cuisine (Japanese Lotus Root Tofu Soup & Crispy Fried Japanese Tofu With Soy Sesame Dip).

Ingredients (estimate)
1 packet ready made grilled eel
2-3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cucumber - remove seeds and slice into long pieces
Spring onion - cut into thin strips and soak in ice water to curl up

For the sauce
3 tbsp Japanese soya sauce
1 red chilli - chopped
1/4 inch ginger - grated
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp lime juice
Defrost eel and cut into pieces.
Drizzle olive oil into a portable grill and grill fish on both sides.
Remove and keep aside.
Mix the ingredients for the sauce.
Plate up the sauce with grilled unagi, cucumber and spring onion curls.
Oh, don't forget rice for a filling meal.
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  1. Me too geli see the eels. And of course does not have any idea his to clean one. Ooo got the vacuum packed ones. Good. That saves a lot of work

  2. Looks delicious . Heard about this fish, but not tasted yet.

  3. I love unagi but haven't had it for quiet sometime :P Love how you paired it with that refreshing and flavorful homemade sauce ! Just delish ;)

  4. never heard or tasted this fish...yours look cool and good to try

  5. This looks fantastic...The grilled eel are inviting...i have never tasted eel....i think its time to have one. I also like the sauce recipe.

  6. Pre-cooked food items are always fun to work with, we just have to season and garnish which is cool and easy! Eel looks tasty and love the way you have sliced the cucumber much like a satin ribbon!
    Also those chopsticks, a nice combination of color and looks elegant! Some day, I should learn how to have food with chop sticks! I also love the concoction(ginger, sugar and lime) of home-made sauce. Nice clicks, Nava.

  7. In our place the fish mongers peel off the skin like a long sticker:)

  8. I just love the way you cut vegetables. Sauce is delicious. Can't comment on unagi.

  9. Wow The grilled eel looks awesome and delicious, love the flavourful sauce with this fish...
    Thanks for sharing...

  10. I love unagi....I always order it when eating at the Japanese restaurant...
    nice sauce Nava...I like the ginger in it.
    Hope you are having a lovely week :D

  11. I have never tasted eel before. But that grilled fish looks delicious and so is the dip :-)

  12. I never came across real fresh eel in my life but now everything is simplified which comes in packaging. Save time for cleaning. Next time hunt for that and try to use ur recipe. Thanks for sharing. =D

  13. This recipe Very new to me , Intresting

  14. I have never tasted Eel in my life Nava, but grilling the Eel will definitely will be awesome. Love the perfect grilling :)

  15. Oh...I get these ready-to-eat eel all the time. They are so good and so easy to prepare. :) Your special dipping sauce sounds wonderful. Can't wait to try it next time I make eel.

  16. I love all kinds of fish! It looks good!

  17. both me and my better half love to try all kinds of fish..but never get a chance to try eel fact i didnt know that it is edible until i saw this post..thanks for sharing this Nava:)

  18. Unagi sounds so difficult to make but you execute this dish perfectly my friend :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  19. The unagi looks pretty tantalizing amnd delicious, just the right portion and layout (for people who might be a bit squeamish otherwise)

  20. The colors blend perfectly with each other in the pics Nava :) Green & white from cucumbers & yellow & brown from eel.. Though I have never had eel before, these pics do tempt me :)


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