Posts Tagged: Fish Results 19
Yesterday I told Teddy that today would be his day (actually it’s Adeena’s wedding day, so technically I suppose it’s hers). I asked how he wanted to spend it, and his emphatic choice was the beach.
For centuries, Jewish women schlepped to the fish market, choosing the best fish “by the look in its eyes” before transforming it into the quintessential Sabbath gefilte fish. Using a wooden bowl and a half-moon-shaped chopper, they cut up the fish with onions, crying a little, chopping a little, until the mix was just the right consistency, later to be shaped into ovals or balls and poached in fish broth.
This recipe dates back to the days when silan was something you schlepped back from Israel wrapped in two sweaters and one towel in an already overweight suitcase. What? You don’t bring spices, cheeses and amazing ingredients back from the Holy Land? For those who do, this is how silan graced our tables for many years.
In an unassuming corner of Eden Wok, a fast-casual Asian-inflected eatery on East 34th Street, a new poke spot quietly debuted Tuesday night. Koshe Poke is taking advantage of the poke (pronounced poh-kay) craze that’s been spreading east from its origins in Hawaii to the mainland’s West Coast and now to our own little overpopulated island of Manhattan.
In Spain, Sephardic fish balls, called albóndigas, were seasoned simply with parsley, maybe a little cheese, and then fried and served with tomato sauce. Those fish balls would bore the Tunisians, however, who like spices! These fish balls can be fried first, if you like, before they are slipped into the poaching liquid. I like to serve them atop Sephardic Swiss Chard and Chickpeas, though they are delicious served with couscous, as well. The fish mixture can also be formed into cakes, fried until golden brown and cooked through, and served with garlic mayonnaise.