This is TODAY’S LUNCH
Salmon fish head in Thai ‘Orange curry’ soup with lots of veggies; broccolini from my backyard garden(why waste bucks at the supermarket? Broccolinis are actually very dang hardy, at least the mutant ones I’ve grown in my backyard), mung bean sprouts, four little organic cherry tomatoes from the Saturday market(where I had my vegan bake sale and sausage sizzle), onions(adds natural sweetness to the soup, I recommend adding these to any fish head soups you may whip up, they provide awesome flavourings that helps tone down the fishy/oiliness) and a few kidney beans for added protein, also because I soaked a whole lot the day before. Soup was paired with a side dish(also a place to put hard bones and other inedibles) of fresh lettuces(purple ones are the best, with purple pigment antioxidants)
For the ‘Orange curry’ fish head recipe: http://obsessivenutritioncompulsive.wordpress.com/2013/07/27/vegan-bake-sale-and-sausage-sizzle/
More on fish heads here: http://obsessivenutritioncompulsive.wordpress.com/2013/07/27/26th-of-july/
And my own tips on eating fish heads for beginners;
1. Have a clean plate ready to put inedible bones. Don’t worry, there wouldn’t be any tiny little microscopic bones you sometimes find in whole fish dishes that prick your throat like crazy. Try mackerel, great source of throat choking fish bones(common in Traditional Thai cuisine). Fish heads contain simply a few bones that are too hard to chew(After all why would fish have thousands of bones near their brains?). Having a separate plate to put these eliminate the annoying issues of having inedible bones everywhere in your soup bowl, and in every spoonful.
2. Main large bones to look out for; the jaws bones. The bones that make up the fish’s head i.e. hold its head together. Suck the goodness skin from them(filled with omega 3 fatty acids) and leave those bones dry. An extra tip would be to enjoy your meal with a primary school biology book with fish diagrams, by your side.
3. Meaty bits are in; the cheeks, the back of the head(as pictured up there). The eyes are also edible, apart from the small white circle in the middle, so remove that before consumption because they’re chewier than rubber.
Also, more info on the goodness of fish eyes here http://www.hybridrastamama.com/2012/10/yes-i-eat-fish-eyeballs.html and here http://www.philcheung.com/Health/WSFD_e.htm where the ‘wasted treasures of food’ are listed in an easy to read format.
Eating fish heads aren’t hard, and they’re nutritious, sustainable so you feel overall awesome about eating them. Using chopsticks is best for eating fish heads because they can get into all the corners that are otherwise out of reach(toothbrush ad?) or hard to pick up with spoons or forks. Using chopsticks also make eating fish heads a meditative activity(food meditation? I’ve heard snippets of that from Chinese or Japanese medical theories or something…), for me, using chopsticks(which I’d grown accustomed to occasionally using, with basically every meal, even the ones you wouldn’t normally use chopsticks with) helps me eat much slower. Chowing food down is an issue I’m struggling with because it causes my re-occuring acid reflux(and can also lead to other health complications and weight gain http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2064544/Why-eating-quickly-fast-track-early-grave.html for more info on that)
Overall(back to the main topic), fish head dishes have a lot of benefits to both your minds and souls, whatever your may think. And so is using chopsticks to eat your meals. The best way to prove these would be to try them out yourselves.
Different fish head dishes out there:
(Looks like it’s a broth of Asian vegetables and medicinal herbs. Quite similar to how I normally prepare fish heads. Chuck a whole heap of meds in there, they don’t mess with the tastes much, but provides you with healthful goodness)
(Forgot to mention that salmon heads and fins can also be made into stock for soup i.e. instead of pork or beef bones)
(deep-fried. Looks nice and crunchy but I’d probably have to bust them out dry with kitchen towel before devouring them)
(salmon head teriyaki, a leftover fish part made into an overpriced dish)