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Little India Walkabout 6

I stepped into the Tekka Centre, which is a landmark in this area. There was a market in the vicinity since 1915. When it was to be re-developed, the market moved to its current location, a two storey building. The lower floor serves meat, seafood and vegetable stalls. The fish head curry is, I am informed, not a dish originating in India. It seems to be more a fusion of local Indian and local Chinese influences. I have never tried it, so I cannot comment how good it is or not (and I do not think I am going to).

Little India Walkabout 6

I stepped into the Tekka Centre, which is a landmark in this area. There was a market in the vicinity since 1915. When it was to be re-developed, the market moved to its current location, a two storey building. The lower floor serves meat, seafood and vegetable stalls. The fish head curry is, I am informed, not a dish originating in India. It seems to be more a fusion of local Indian and local Chinese influences. I have never tried it, so I cannot comment how good it is or not (and I do not think I am going to).

comments (17)

Ces têtes de poissons ne sont guère appétissantes.
Ayush Basu: This is at the fish market, it will look much different after the necessary culinary transformation, Martine.
Neither am I...
Ayush Basu: I think most of the SC folks feel polarized about this matter, Frank smile
EEEEEW!!!! I'm not sure I could do it either!
Ayush Basu: I cannot say if it looks any appetizing in the cooked form, Elizabeth.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 27 Feb 2020, 06:43
Fish head curry sounds ghastly, but you never know..
Ayush Basu: I think it probably tastes better than how this shot looks at the fish market, Chris.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Feb 2020, 07:18
But...Ayush...you Must! smile
Ayush Basu: I am not too adventurous when it comes to food, Ray grin
Not keen on the idea Ayush!
Ayush Basu: I cannot say if it looks any appetizing in the cooked form, Bill.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 27 Feb 2020, 08:05
I don't think I would like what I would find in a fish head curry, Ayush
Ayush Basu: This is at the fish market, it will look much different after the necessary culinary transformation, Lisl.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 27 Feb 2020, 08:37
Ah, nothing wasted. In the UK it might be turned into pet food.
Ayush Basu: "Nothing wasted" - they apply that to the processing of all animals, I imagine, Chad.
I had fish head soup in Mexico and was fine till I saw an eyeball in my bowl.
Ayush Basu: I can imagine that, Care.
That definitely doesn't appeal to me.
Ayush Basu: This is at the fish market and not the actual (cooked) thing, Brian.
In Portugal there is a dish called Cabeza de Garoupa - which is the huge head of the grouper, usually shared by two persons - and I've only seen it eaten once, by a couple of locals who carefully spooned out and ate the eyes. Not something I'd relish!
Ayush Basu: I am certain eating the fish head is not typical to only this part of the world, as you also mention, Tom.
UGH. I don't suppose there's a more appetizing way to sell the notion, Ayush???
Ayush Basu: I should also mention this is at the fish market and not the actual (cooked) thing, Ginnie. But no matter how it looks cosmetically, one does know what they are about to put in their mouth.
yeah, i doubt that i would try 'head soup' either lol... looks to be carnage for the fish in this picture!
Ayush Basu: We humans do that to just about every other species on this planet, Elaine, regrettably.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Feb 2020, 09:58
Now hear this smile I am a descendant of European people and now living in Africa.

Utilising fish heads is an old foody trick. Just this past Sunday, my son bbq'ed a fish and also the head. The head has nice meat, of a slightly different texture than the body. Remove the scales from a big fish head and cook with appropriate herbs and spices into a soup. After some time the meat will loosen from the bones and you can remove the bone and if you want, also the skin, from the soup. To arrive at a curry, you just need to add curry into your spice mix (masala). Maybe some chillies.

My father used to catch fresh water fish. He taught me to fillet and pickle the fish (it is a curry pickle). The fish heads were then deep fried until crisp. Take them out of the oil and dry. While still hot you can salt them. The fried fish heads can then be eaten like chips (crisps).

Trading with India brought curry to us in Africa. Trading with Scandinavia and Europe brought curry to those shores. Even the old Greek civilisation traded with India. India trade with its neighbours (including China). We know a number of curry based dishes from Indonesia. My point is, that I don't think that the use of curry is solely Indian culture. But you may eat fish heads - if properly cleaned, before preparation smile
Ayush Basu: I appreciate your studied response, Louis. I completely agree with you on the trade part, furthermore, I am convinced fish head, curried or not, is certainly not restricted to only this part of the world. A lot of the food that we eat, especially when it comes to fish and meats, is perhaps a lot to do with our mental projection of what we think is happening behind the scenes and we can often be wrong about that. Unlike you, I am not accustomed to catching and preparing fish. In general, I am not too adventurous when it comes to trying different food - anything that satisfies my hunger is just about fine.
Whoa! Those fishes look huge... That reminds me of fish markets in Calcutta from when I was younger and used to go fish marketing with my father. They too had huge fat fishes up for display, although laid out flat... smile
Ayush Basu: The fish did not appreciate losing their heads, Sudipto!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Feb 2020, 16:59
I'm with you on that; I don't fancy the sound of it at all. The fish don't look too pleased at the thought, either.
Ayush Basu: This is at the fish market and not the actual (cooked) thing, Alan.
Intriguing photograph.

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