Some of the more interesting meals I have tried on my travels have been based on seafood. Whether they may be fish or crustacean, they are almost always delicious! Truly food for the soul!
Walking around various fish markets in Asia, I always noticed a hive of activity, as traders and buyers would be looking for the best deals to take some fresh seafood back to their restaurants. Many times, such as at Tsukiji in Tokyo, there are auctions for the fish and crustaceans early in the morning.
Seafood is an important source of protein in many diets around the world, especially in coastal areas. Seafood prominently includes fish and shellfish. Shellfish include various species of molluscs and crustaceans, such as crab and lobster. Historically, sea mammals such as whales and dolphins have been consumed as food, though that happens to a lesser extent in modern times, although in Japan this controversy persists.
One of the most popular fish dishes I have tried on my travels around Asia is the Cambodian delight known as Amok Trey. Kachin Fish from Myanmar, which I enjoyed in Yangon, is also another good seafood meal. Coastal towns of Cambodia such as Kep and Sihanoukville also have some tasty crabs!
Indonesia and Malaysia have dozens of delectable fish dishes, including Cakalang Fufu from Sulawesi and Ikan Bakar from peninsula Malaysia. There is always something so amazing about seeing Cakalang Fufu presented in the way it is on the streets of Manado and Tomohon, and it is basically skipjack tuna that has been grilled and skewered! Ikan Bakar is also grilled fish, and is one of the best seafood dishes I enjoyed in Malaysia (although the fishballs on skewers were also cool).
For something a little different, why not try nakji bokkeum? This is stir-fried squid, and it is delicious with a base of rice. I wouldn’t eat the squid on its own, though, as the Koreans are known to eat it while it’s still wriggling! In Japan, yakizakana is any form of grilled fish, although what kind of fish you find is a surprise. Eel, mackerel and tuna are popular types – and what more can be said about sushi?
Milkfish from Taiwan is a local delicacy there, but has a very pungent smell. Not many tourists like it, but it remains one of the most well-known seafood meals in Taiwan.
I know Fish Head Curry very well from Singapore, and this fish is placed in a spicy Keralan coconut curry. It originated in India, but has since been adopted as one of the main ethnic seafood dishes in the Little Red Dot. Arguably the most famous seafood in Singapore, however, would be the chili crab! You can’t come to Singapore and not try the national dish!