Snakehead fish smoked in rice straw

Snakehead fish smoked in rice straw

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From
The Food of Vietnam
Serves
4-6
Photographer
Alan Benson

This is an amazing dish created by rice farmers who work long, hard hours in the rice paddy fields. If, like me, you don’t have a rice paddy field in your backyard, then I suggest that you wrap your fish in two layers of banana leaves, throw it on the barbecue and cook over medium–high heat for 10 minutes on each side.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 thin bamboo stick or metal skewer, about 60 cm long
1 snakehead fish or silver bream, cleaned and gutted, weighing 600–800g
5kg rice straw or dried grass
3 spring onions, finely shredded, green part only, to serve (optional)

Method

  1. This recipe needs to be cooked in an open outdoor area — well away from children.
  2. Insert the bamboo stick through the fish’s mouth, through its body and out the tail. Move the fish along so it’s sitting in the middle part of the bamboo stick.
  3. Now dig the base of the stick into the ground, deep enough to make the stick stand upright on its own, with the fish’s mouth pointing to the sky.
  4. Pour 250 ml water down the fish’s mouth, and then around it form a pyramid-like shape with the rice straw, enclosing the fish on the stick.
  5. Set the rice straw alight and move away. When the rice straw has finished burning, the fish is ready.
  6. Scrape off any charred skin with a sharp knife, then eat the fish directly off thestick, or serve on a platter with some shredded spring onion.
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The Food of Vietnam
Luke
Nguyen
Red
Lantern
Vietnam
Vietnamese
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Asia
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East
Southeast
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