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I spy something… strange

April 22, 2011

I saw this recently in the alley market. I know very little about fish and fish parts and am very curious to learn what it is.

A closer look.

fish eggs

Can anyone explain what we’re looking at here? Is it roe? Does anyone know how you would eat this? (And, I don’t mean with your nose plugged and your eyes closed :-P)

7 Comments leave one →
  1. April 22, 2011 03:06

    Yes, it’s roe. Think caviar, but from a less well-known fish (caviar comes from the Sturgeon).
    This looks like a catfish.
    Wouldn’t have a clue how the Vietnamese eat it, but I suppose us Aussies would whack it on a dry biscuit and follow it with cheese and wine.

  2. April 22, 2011 10:31

    If you google shad roe, you get another take on how to eat fish eggs other than the caviar style. I think they may be in season here, I’ve seen them in a couple of markets. The photo you have looks like fresh fish eggs; caviar is usually cured in some way, I think with salt. We got some from a Ukrainian friend of Scott’s and ate it on sliced buttered baguette.

  3. April 22, 2011 13:01

    Oh, this makes my stomach unhappy.

  4. Grandpa permalink
    April 22, 2011 21:40

    Sure looks like roe to me. I understand it’s a delicacy, but I’ve never caught a fish that had roe in it, nor have I ever had it at a restaurant or bought roe to cook myself. So ask Christine how to cook it and let us know how it tastes.

    • April 23, 2011 01:54

      Thanks for commenting, Grandpa 🙂 I love hearing from you. I haven’t seen it again, but now that I know what it is, I’ll be on the lookout.

  5. vannoch permalink
    April 23, 2011 15:34

    fish eggs! YUM! you can eat them from the inside of the fish and dip them in fish sauce, soy sauce or hot sauce or you can FRY them!

  6. vannoch permalink
    April 23, 2011 15:37

    i forgot to add: my dad was a fisherman, knew how to make his own nets and everything. he would spend every chance he could get fishing and so we grew up eating A LOT of fish. this is the part of the fish that we all fought over. although i’m not sure how much of that was because it was actually very yummy or how much of it is because my parents made us believe its the most valuable part of the fish. it’s got a sweet taste to it. how do you feel about sushi? its pretty much the same fish eggs (i think) that they put on there… at least it looks like it…

    have you tried steamed fish in fish sauce wish slices of ginger and scallions and parsely?

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