Not that slithery snake!
It's the type of fish with a head that looks like snake. Locally prized as a wound healer. It's known as "Sang Yue" or ikan haruan.
Whenever someone has an operation done, or an open wound, this soup will be very suitable. Don't think that I have wounds, haha. We drank this just as a regular soup for dinner.
Some relatives passed us some snakeheads and I adapted a flathead fish recipe to make this soup. I made this soup twice before and it's soo delicious! The original method calls for frying the fish before use, but I chose to rub on some oil and bake it. The reason for pre cooking the fish in oil is that the flesh won't disintergrate that easily when being boiled.
According to the book, the benefits are
Corn: good for spleen, nourish yin, reduces blood glucose level, helps burn fat
Huaishan: tonify spleen, strengthen Qi, stimulate secretion of body fluids
Flathead fish 牛鳅鱼 (original): nourishes yin and yang
Snakehead fish 生鱼 : improves blood circulation, benefits the heart, calms the nerves
Snakehead Fish Soup with Sweet Corn and Huaishan
600gm snakehead fish (Mine has the head, so it's heavier, use less if it's just the body)
400gm corn on the cob
200gm lean pork (I used pork loin)
Salt to taste
2. Cut corn into chunks and pork into large cubes. Rinse huai shan.
3. Bring the water to boil and put in everything, except salt.
4. Bring it back to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 2 hours.
5. Season with salt and turn off the heat.
|pictures taken late when sun was almost down....|