Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Snacking on Seafood in Padang - Land of the Minangkabau (Part 3 of 5)

Seafood Slathered with Batter on the Platter
Some time off saw us taking a stroll along the Pariaman beach. I was stationed here as this area was worst hit by the earthquake. The relief team comprised 2 doctors and a support team of 5. Outlying areas were cut-off from the outside as arterial roads were rendered impassable by landslides. Heavy machineries had to be moved in to clear the soil of the road.

Tourists were non-existent and whatever locals I encountered looked like local residents. But still life and business got to be as usual for the many hawkers I saw along the beach front. The most famous local snack has to be these. Seafood dipped in batter and deep-fried in oil. Small crabs, prawns, tuna and snake fish were there to tempt whatever limited customs that were there.

The main attraction for these snacks was definitely not the batter but the seafood found within. Those without batter like the tuna (small) deep-fried to perfection looks even more tempting.
Prawns in batter on a skewerPadang version of Cucur Udang
Sea crabs and some with roes.
Deep-fried tuna/ikan kayu/tongkolSalah Bulek. 'Bulek' refers to the Caucasian. 'Salah' means wrong! Fish paste with flour. Local snack delicacy.Kiddo helping mom preparing crabs for the oil cauldron. Remove the outer shell and its ready.Outer shell removedMom busy getting prawns onto stick skewers.Here is their cooking space


thenomadGourmand said...

oooo i love 'em fried stuffs!
But hv to watch weight hehee..

So u were there as part of the relief team??

worldwindows said...

TNG... Enjoyment know no bounds. I was there on the beat and put my ears on the ground.

Little Inbox said...

All deep fried stuffs, quite heaty to me.

SimpleGirl said...

cucuk udang caught my attention!!!

Selba said...

So interesting to see all the snacks, even for me as an Indonesian :)

J2Kfm said...

reminded me of 'Cholek', fritters of seafood found commonly on the shores of Pantai Cahaya Bulan in kelantan.
though those were one of the worst I've tried in Kelantan.

ling239 said...

the third pic looks like the cripsy version of cucur udang :p

worldwindows said...

LI... Combined it will some good green coconut water. I did that.

SG... With a good Lingam or Thai chili sauce it will be a wonderful snack.

Selba... The novelty part is so attractive.

J2Fkm... I have eaten quite a few of those tasteless fritters around. These hawkers need more training.

Ling239... Yes.