Fish Head Soup With Coconut Cream (Ginataang Ulo ng Isda)
Thick and spicy, the heat of this fish head soup with coconut cream comes from garlic, ginger and chilies.To make this soup, you will at least one whole fish head. Obviously, eh? I had two whole talakitok (trevally), each weighing about three-quarters of a kilo. Two fish heads of that size are more than enough to feed two people. Contrary to what most people think, fish heads are quite fleshy especially if one does not balk at eating the jelly-like skin, lips and eyes which are all delicious.
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Modern Filipino
Keyword Coconut, Fish head, spicy
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 20minutes
Total Time 30minutes
Author Connie Veneracion
1 to 2fish headsabout 500 grams total weight (I used trevally but salmon head is even better)
Clean the fish heads; remove the gills (you can ask the fish monger to do this for you). If the heads are rather large, you can chop them into halves.
Peel and thinly slice the shallots.
Crush, peel and finely mince the garlic (it's easier to peel garlic after crushing the cloves first).
Peel and grate the ginger.
If you want the chilies to bite but not scorch, slit them open lengthwise, scrape off and discard the seeds.
Heat the cooking oil in a pot that should be wide enough to hold the fish heads in a single layer to ensure even cooking.
Add the garlic, shallots, ginger and chilies. Cook until fragrant (about a minute over medium-high heat).
Add the fish heads in a single layer.
Pour in about a cup of water, season with fish sauce or salt then bring to a boil.
Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes (longer if they are rather large). The water need not cover the fish heads -- the heat from the steam is enough to cook them.
Turn up the heat to medium and pour in the coconut cream. Bring to a gentle boil. Continue cooking the fish, uncovered, for a few minutes. Taste the soup and add more fish sauce if necessary.
With a large spoon or spatula, lift the cooked fish heads and transfer to individual soup bowls. Pour the broth and spices over them and garnish with sliced scallions.
When you hear the term “fish head soup”, the picture that forms in the mind is fish head in a clear broth with leafy green vegetables. But I’ve often dreamed of a fish head soup that was more filling, more robust and less ordinary. No clear broth with subtle hints of garlic and ginger but full-bodied and with a lot of bite in it. Chilies and coconut cream seemed like a great idea.Updated from a recipe originally published in 10/04/2007
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