Friday, October 1, 2010

Joe can cook! Episode 10: Salmon anyone?

The quality of salmon you get in Australia beats any salmon you can get hold of in Malaysia hands down (unless you buy it in wholesale or own a Japanese restaurant). To see the bright orange hue on the piece of salmon and vision back at the dodgy murky orange pieces you get in the Jusco or Tesco supermarket, brings a shiver. 

Call me spoilt but it would be a tall order to ever eating salmon in Malaysia again unless it is of sashimi quality from a restaurant. 

Now most restaurants in Malaysia cook salmon to a pink orange, which usually means well done to the core. Whether it was a mistake or intentional by the chef to serve me a piece of salmon with a raw centre on this particular meal, since then the Wife and I have enjoyed eating salmon with a raw sashimi-like core (if our salmon pieces were fresh of course).

Go inside Queen Victoria Market and you will usually be greeted with the most vibrant coloured salmon on display and there usually cost between AUD 21-26 per kg, convert that and that is less than what i would pay in an Isetan supermarket in Malaysia.

Usually i pan fry the salmon with some salt and pepper or after a marination of teriyaki sauce. Serve with a side of vegetables and you are good to go.
This was done with some teriyaki sauce and braised eggplant.
This was a simple salt and pepper pan fry served with some frozen peas topped with a bit of butter and parmesan cheese.

Cooking time to achieve that raw centre is usually 3 minutes on each side on medium heat compared to 6-7 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness of the salmon that you have purchased. Judging from the pictures above, a standard portion in Australia is usually 2-3 inches thick.

Touch wood, i haven't had any stomach problems eating it this style so i intend to continue.

How about you though, how do you like your salmon cooked?


J said...

Mmm the grilled salmon looks good! :)

Michelle Chin said...

4 minute microwaved salmon. I served this to my parents and they enjoyed it immensely. It is moist and each flake is tender. :)

thule a.k.a leo said...

anyway :) as long as it is presented in a nice way! Of course, it has to be delicious too

minchow said...

It's true... the quality of salmon sold at supermarkets here is a crying shame! I could hit the nice Jap grocer-san for a fresher cut closer to Oz quality I suppose but it's still not the same!

eiling lim said...

I like your version of salmon - pan fried! Hey, you've just became a salmon snob!

Celeste @ Berrytravels said...

I really do love salmon but I agree! In Malaysia, they tend to really really cook the salmon. And on a fish such as salmon, that's so wasted!

Yours sounds simple and looks good too! Must try.

iamthewitch said...

Very well done! I love salmon in teriyaki sauce, but the salt and pepper version of yours looks delish too! Well on your way to being a chef yes? :)

qwazymonkey said...

Love how you're having homemade gourmet everyday! :)

AugustDiners said...

Hey Joe! u having your own cooking show soon? hehe! salmon looked "almost" delicious! hehehe

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

augustdiners: i think i prob have one episode and then everyone will never come back again haha!

qm: well cant afford outside gourmet, have to make do with at home!

iamthewitch: haha residential chef.

celeste: well yes, salmon are usually cooked to the core in msia.

eiling: haha snob!

minchow: yeah but u will pay thru ur nose for a nice piece!

leo: haha im scared to let u try, thank god dis r just pics!

michelle: thats interesting.

j: it was!

Xweing said...

3 mins on each side, of course! I always do my salmon that way! ;-)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

xweing: really??

UnkaLeong said...

I like my salmon raw :P But pan seared does the trick for me most days as well ;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

unkaleong: im not sure if u can buy from supermarket and eat it raw lor hehe =)