In 2011 I was chosen by YouTube for the NextUp program so in Oct and Nov I travelled to 9 countries and 11 cities to cook and film a series of videos with my readers. We shared recipes for delicious, traditional, homecooked meals: mine and theirs. Watch all the recipes videos and travel blog posts from the series and other travel cooking videos.
I’m very excited to release the last video that I filmed in Mexico! In this video, you’ll see how to prepare a raw fish meal with dipping sauce, and how to pan-fry fish in a very simple way.
I like to remind you of my 3 other previous Mexican videos! : )
The videos that I filmed in Mexico
- Gochujeon (green chili pancake) –made with the hotel chef where I stayed in Mexico city
- Mulhoe (cold raw fish soup)
- Emergency kimchi (made with regular cabbage)
- Fresh fish feast (raw fish and pan-fried fish meal)
My hotel in Puerto Escondido, Mexico had a small kitchen, so I could cook fresh fish everyday during my stay. I cooked and shared with fellow travelers who were staying in the same hotel. I always believe that a raw fish meal is delicious in proportion to the number of people you share it with. I’ll post another blog soon about Bev and Chuck that you see in the video because I think it will be an interesting story for you to read.
Hoe (raw fish meal)
Fresh fish, soybean paste, garlic, vinegar, sesame seeds, sesame oil, green onions, green chili peppers, hot pepper paste, honey, salt, wasabi powder, soy sauce, seaweed, flour, vegetable oil, lettuce, cucumber
- Make fluffy rice!
- Wash and drain lettuce and cucumber and set aside.
- Cut the cucumber (and carrot, if you have some) into about 4 inch long pieces.
- Slice limes (or lemons) and green chili peppers crosswise into pieces ¼ inch thick to use as garnish later and set aside.
- Cut fresh raw fish into bite size pieces and place it on a serving plate.
*tip: cut one motion in one direction. If you cut like a saw, the fish will break and the cut will be ragged instead of smooth and shiny.
- Garnish with sliced lime, green chili peppers and sprinkle roasted sesame seeds on top.
- Keep it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Let’s make 3 different kinds of delicious dipping sauce for hoe!
Choose your favorite or make all 3 to compare the different tastes:
Soybean paste based sauce (called chodoenjang or doenjang bangah in Korean)
Mix these ingredients well in a bowl: ¼ cup soybean paste, 2 tbs hot pepper paste, 3 cloves of minced garlic, 2 tbs worth chopped green chili pepper, 1 tbs honey, 1 ts roasted sesame seeds, 2 tbs vinegar, and 1 tbs sesame oil.
Hot pepper paste based sauce (called chogochujang or chojang in Korean)
Mix these ingredients in a bowl: ¼ cup hot pepper paste, 2 cloves minced garlic, 2 tbs honey, 3 tbs vinegar, 1 chopped green onion, and ¼ ts salt.
How to eat:
- Lightly roast the seaweed and cut into pieces about 3×4 inches in size.
- Add soy sauce to the wasabi paste you made and mix it well.
- Place some rice on a piece of roasted seaweed. Add some sliced raw fish and the mixture of wasabi soy sauce.
- Wrap up the edges of the seaweed to make a packet.
- Eat it in one bite.
- Place some sliced raw fish on a leaf of lettuce.
- Add your favorite dipping sauce from either chojang or chodoenjang. You can add rice if you want.
- Wrap up the edges of the lettuce leaf to make a packet.
- Eat it in one bite.
How to pan-fry fresh fish:
- Clean a fish and remove the guts. Fillet both sides of the fish.
- Slice the fillet into bite size pieces and sprinkle some salt on each piece.
- Salt the head and bones.
- Coat the fish, the fish head and bone lightly with flour.
- In a heated pan add vegetable oil generously and fry it until golden brown and crispy.
“Buy some fresh fish from fishermen at the beach. You will have to get there early in the morning!” “Yes, sure, I will!”
“I had never had Korean food in my life before I met you, Maangchi! I’m already addicted to spicy kimchi and the sauce!”
“Please consider giving me some food! I’m sure my owner won’t care much about what I am eating, please!!!”
“Maangchi! I’m getting almost crazy now! ahhh! give me some food!”
“Calm down! bring me a note from your owner to let me know it will be ok to give you food!” : )