Friday, August 13, 2010

Ikan Masin or Salted Fish

One of Sabah agriculture product is Ikan Masin or Salted Fish. Its also one of my favourite food. I will normally go to Sunday Kota Marudu Tamu (Morning Market) and buy my fresh Ikan Masin. I love to buy Ikan layar (sail fish) salted fish. Most of the time, I just deep fry the fish and eat them with lime juice and chili. You will forget how much rice you have been eaten if you like Ikan masin too much, like me. Hehehehehe....

 

At my workplace, it is hard to buy fresh fish or any red meat since I cannot keep them in refrigerator. Our only main source of electricity is come from big generator sets using diesel and its not on for 24 hours. That is not a problem since I don't like red meat. I can get fresh vegetables from my backyard vegetable garden.

 

Salted fish or ikan masin is one of the oldest ways to preserve fresh fish in order to prevent them from decaying. Before refrigeration technique was invented, fish and other seafood were cured in salt or salt water. Other than preserving the fish with brine, dried fish is also very popular. The fish are gutted, sprinkled heavily with coarse sea salt and then left to dry on the beach in the hot sun for several days. The result is desiccated fish, free of moisture, which can be kept for months to be made later into many kinds of food. 


In the Tamu, beside fish I can found Ikan bilis (anchovies), dried prawn, octopus (I wish this is paul-the octopus), jellyfish, mussels and scallops. Their price are cheaper here compare to Kota Kinabalu. Most of the dried and salted fish came from Kudat, Tawau or Sandakan. Some of this fish product also exported to other countries.  

Any of you also like to eat Ikan Masin? Nyum-nyum.... Maybe will eat this for my Sahur today. Ehehehehe....

Chayo-chayo....


35 comments:

lina said...

dah lama x makan ikan masin. huhuhu

Uncle Lee said...

Hello Zezebel, wow! Love your these pics and interesting posting.
I have always loved salted fish, ikan kurau as well that thorny ikan sepat from padi fields.

I guess when we were young, parents not much money, it was salted fish very often as it was very cheap or 'poor man's food' then.
I love ikan bilis, dried sotong too.
I can guess you must be a fabulous gourmet cook.....

And till today I love them, add sambal belachan....habis cherita! Two large plates of rice, tentu lichin, ha ha.
And I love chillie padi too.

Zezebel, when you cook the salted fish or ikan bilis, send me telegram, love to see your Sabah style cooking. If nearby I sure will hint for a dinner invitation, ha ha.
You have fun, stay young and keep a song in your heart, Lee.

jellybelly said...

We have the same kinds of dried fish and shrimps here in the Philippines. Plus dried squid. I love them. Eat them with scrambled eggs and fried rice for breakfast. Yum!

madlut said...

hye zezebel...
i went to Sabah about 1 month ago, i visited kudat, tawau, semporna, and sandakan.
I noticed that Sabah is very rich with fisheries product's more than other countries in Malaysia.
The price also cheaper...
It's quite a great experiences having the oppurturnity to visit there

Sumandak Kinabalu said...

hmmmm....this one is my favorite!
ikam masin + jeruk bambangan, gabungan yang meletup...hehehe

Girlie said...

yum yum, so true! when you have dried salted fish you have no idea how much rice you have eaten already. er just a reminder, too much salty food is not good for our body =)

donnyien said...

buli kirim satu plastik ka bel.. :)

Zikr the Jalanan Sepi Perantau said...

feveret ... ikan kering.. :-)

kulanz said...

I like salted fish too.. :D
Ikan masin di Marudu memang banyak pilihan. Selalu juga beli di tamu tu, terutama petang sabtu..

azizan4444 said...

ikan kering layan dgn pulut pagi..memang best..hehehe

Zezebel said...

lina.
kenapa dah lama tak makan ikan masin?

Zezebel said...

Uncle Lee.
Its hard to find salted Ikan Sepat at my place. Hehehehe....

I am not a very good cook but I can eat non stop if I can see Ikan Masin with all the Ulams and Belacan. Hehehehe...

How to telegram it to you Uncle Lee?

Zezebel said...

Hi Jellybelly.
Maybe that is because our culture is almost the same. Philippine is not that far from Sabah.

Zezebel said...

Hi madlut.
The fish are very fish to compare to west Malaysia. Ehehehehe.... come to Sabah more often then.

Zezebel said...

Hahahahaha Umandak.
Ngam tu owh. My favourite jugak.

Zezebel said...

Hahahahaha Girlie.
I don't eat them daily because it can make me gaining more weight with all the extra rice. Hehehehe....

Zezebel said...

Hahahahaha Donny.
balik kampung la, jangan lupakan kampung halaman.

Zezebel said...

Zikr.., suka ikan kering apa?

Zezebel said...

kulanz. penah pigi KOta Marudu ka?

Zezebel said...

azizan.... makan dengan ubi kayu pun sedap bha...
Ehehehehe....

etomyam said...

wah best tu banyak koleksi, kalau ada lebih boleh le post ke semenanjung satu pack hehehe

mancai said...

wah ikan masin sabah meman sedap dan menyelerakan..buat masak lemak cili api pun sodap ni

Mylene said...

Oh, my, Zezebel, you make me drool looking at your pictures! I love salted fish. I used to eat different kinds of it in my hometown. I agree with you, you just eat and eat that you don't know how much rice you've eaten. :-)

Ismail N said...

Zezebel, Berapa harga ikan masin di Kota Marudu skrg? Jarang saya pergi sana. Selalu cari di Pasar Philippines je. :D Tp udang kering la. Rasanya di Tawau lagi murah kan?

Zezebel said...

etomyam.
bukan koleksi tapi dijual di Tamu Kota marudu. Datang la sini, beli di tamu. Ehehehehe....

Zezebel said...

Hi mancai.
Pernah makan Ikan masin sabah?

Zezebel said...

Hi Mylene.
One of my favourite foods. Something that I need to avoid to or it will help me gain weight fast. Hehehehe....

Zezebel said...

Ismail.
Murah jak. ada yang RM2 satu plastik. tengok la berapa banyak beli.
Udang kering di sandakan bha yang murah.

ibnujusup said...

wa..sedap2.... buat bisnes ikan masin la zezebel :-)mesti untung...

Zezebel said...

ibnujusup.
datang le ke Kota Marudu. Hehehehe....

Nadri aka AyahAiman said...

dulu masa pergi sarawak ada beli terubuk masin di pasor satok..mmg sedap..yg sabah punya beli cuba kerana belum sampai sabah lg..

biltah bill said...

sy nampak belacan..rindu mau buat sambal belacan.uhuk uhuk =(

Zezebel said...

Nadri.
Try datang sabah.
jangan lupa cari ikan masin putih dangan sotong kering. Mesti terus tak pegi sarawak tu. Hehehehe....

Zezebel said...

nong....
macam la ko tidak balik ahhh....

NoraBoy said...

boleh kirim tak sotong kering tu berapa 1 paket tu... sedap tau sotong tu hehe... dulu pernah beli... masa g kat KK.. jika ada saya nak kirim boleh tak????

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