Chin Traditional Style Fish Head Soup

(Lai holh in ka ttial ti lai lo, thiam cia dihmi a si i)

Ever tried eating fish head? There’s not much to eat from a fish head actually. But fish head soup, you’re gonna love it. You just have to clean it properly, meaning, getting rid of the gills. Mind you, this is not as easy as it sounds. Let the strongest person in the family do the job.

This is the one that we will be trying
This is the one that we will be trying

Big and meaty fish head are ideal for soup and I have tried with rohu and salmon. We have salmon in Norway, but rohu fish come all the way from Burma to Sweden, and we drove all the way to Sweden to get them.

Ok, now that our fish head is clean, we will just cook them with cold water and salt in medium-high heat, and that would be the first step of cooking in a Chin traditional style.

But, what is Chin, you’d ask. Chin is the name of one of the ethnic groups in Burma (Myanmar), and I am a proud Chin. We are from the Northern hilly part of Burma, and are one of those very patriotic peoples. We are best known for our honesty and authenticity, and unpunctuality haha. I don’t know if unpunctuality is even a word, but you know what I mean. Anyways, enough with history lecture, let’s get back to cooking.

Do you know what roselle plant is?It’s a species of hibiscus and people make hibiscus tea from that plant.

Dried roselle leaves
Dried roselle leaves

Other than the dired version, I don’t have a picture of it, so please google it if you´re interested. Dried or not dried, roselle is going to be our main ingredient. Add this into the soup when the fish are cooked.

How many types of eggplant have you tried? We are going to use green pea eggplant. I am using a dried version because my mom has those little guys. Crack them using mortar and pestle and it will bring out the flavour better.

Green pea eggplant
Green pea eggplant

Yet another foreign plant for our fish soup is called acacia and it looks like this.

I´m Asian and I eat weird stuffs and that makes me very happy :-)
I´m Asian and I eat weird stuffs and that makes me very happy 🙂

If you like durian fruit, there’s a chance you might like acacia. How do I put it? Acacia smells like fart, an angry fart :-/. It takes a little bit of getting used to. Skip it or try it, your choice.

This explains everything
This explains pretty much everything

Crack 2 cloves of garlic and add along with acacia leaves and enjoy your soup.