17 (Wed) February 2021
Pan-Seared Snapper in Garlic Truffle Cream Sauce with Paprika Mash
-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-
with the Family
Les Crâniés Aquatique Culinaire à la Corée (8)
Inspired by the fish counter at our local supermarket (see 11.229 Gwangeo Hoe), this is part of a recurring series on Give Me This Day to explore food fishes that are available in Korea and how they are prepared.
(For other posts in the series, see CULINARY AQUATIC CRANIATES A COREE.)
Domi (도미) is a type of snapper, maybe. It’s yet another fish that is referred to by a wide range of English terms, including various forms of snapper and sea bream, with possible Linnaean taxonomic classifications including the families Sparidae, Lutjanidae, Sebastidae. Similar to, though perhaps not exactly the same as, maya maya in the Philippines (see for example 8.079 Maya Maya Jiri Tang). In any case, the fish domi in Korea is scaled, weighing about 3 kg, pinkish in color. Cooked, the flesh is white and firm, with a delicate flavor. Most commonly eaten raw, or as maeun tang, or sometimes steamed with soy sauce.
Our local supermarket doesn’t have the widest, most consistent selection of fish, but they usually have something good (see 12.040 Miso Mackerel).
With such beautiful fillets, I wanted to enjoy them pretty much as is. So, rather than a Korean application that would’ve involved a lot of overpowering seasonings, the fish were pan-seared in butter, seasoned with salt and pepper, drizzled with a bit of truffle-enhanced garlic cream sauce, and served with paprika-infused mashed potatoes, along with buttered carrots and sweet corn.
It was good. Tasty fish, well paired with the sauce. In trying to get the skins crispy, I overcooked them a tad. The potatoes were an excellent accompaniment. Kinda reminded me of a decent meal in business class – conceived with good intentions but somewhat awkward in execution.
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