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Salt-encrusted Fish (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, May 13th, 2009

Nah Gkin! (Looks Good to Eat!)

Salt-Encrusted Fish

Salt-Encrusted Fish

This is a picture of three fish being grilled in Nong Kai in Northeastern Thailand (Isahn). Prior to grilling, they have been stuffed with an herb mixture and then the (unscaled) fish is covered with salt. The result is a succulent, moist fish with herb flavor that is simply delicious.

One of the great joys of traveling in Thailand is going to the open-air and local markets. One of the joys of going to the markets is seeing all kinds of appetizing and wonderful food that you never knew existed.

Kasma teaches her version of this recipe as Charcoal-Grilled Salt-Encrusted Fish Stuffed with Crushed Herbs, Served with Hot Thai Chilli-Lime Sauce (Bplah Yad Sai Samunplai Pao) in her evening Advanced Series Set E (class 1) and in  Weeklong Advanced Intensive C (day 5).


The Wednesday Photo is a new picture  each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

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3 Responses to “Salt-encrusted Fish (Wednesday Photo)”

  1. Elkomp says:

    I`m going to Thailand in next month, when i`m looking at these fishes ………. mmmmmmm

    Friends told me to not eat anything from local open air points, they said i ill have stomach problems.

    Well, i would not go to Thailand if i would not be able to taste original regional food )

    • Michael Babcock says:

      I think street food is safe if you follow a few elementary rules. First, is the vendor and the stall clean? Second, is the food cooked in front of you and prepared piping hot? Also, it helps if the stall is popular, if there are other people buying there. Of course, there’s always a bit of risk when you eat food prepared by anyone else, even at a reputable restaurant (I mean anywhere in the world, not just Thailand).

  2. brett says:

    yum… you’re making me hungy. i love the wednesday posts – something to look forward to each week. keep up the great work!

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