I was rather surprised to see this fish meat snack in Singapore. It is a snack that I am very familiar with because there is a factory from my home town Kuching. Sarawak, Malaysia that produces that. I have first seen this snack for at least more than 10 years and I never bought this for Chinese New Years until this year.
I am unsure who started to combine Nori seaweed with this snack. Nori seaweed is the seaweed used for Sushi. The fish snack were glued together with a piece of seaweed by egg whites. It was either baked or deep fried and currently, air fried. The original fish snack were very chewy but when baked, deep fried and air fried, it became very crispy. Since this had became a popular snack during Chinese New Year, I have decided to prepare this as well.
There are many ways of preparing it. One of the popular way is to put a piece of Nori seaweed on top of the a flat piece of fish snack and baked in the oven at 150 degree Celsius for about 10 minutes. That is a good way as it will shorten the baking time and the snack will be crispy. However, it is rather difficult to serve and store since you will need a container big enough to keep a square piece of snack (about 5 cm by 5 cm). It can’t put in the cookies tray due to its size.
Another way of preparation is to bundle the fish snack stripes with some seaweed. That again have some disadvantages.as the place that was bundled is not easy to get baked (and hence became chewy and not crispy). While all other part become crispy, that particular part becomes chewy..
Taking these two factors into consideration, I told myself that I wanted one that is easy to keep and crispy. Therefore, I have designed mine in this simple pattern for your consideration.
WHAT IS REQUIRED
- Some pieces of Nori seaweed (Note that what you seen in this picture is not the Nori seaweed for Sushi. It is the slightly sweetened seaweed snack that you can eat instantly).
- Some fish snack sheets or fish snack stripes
- One whole egg (Lightly beaten)
STEPS OF PREPARATION
- Pre-heat the oven to 130 degrees Celsius
- Line a baking tray with parchment or baking paper (important, otherwise, you will have difficulty to stir the snacks)
- Take out a piece of Nori seaweed or snack seaweed and brush with the egg mixture. Dip the fish snack sheet (8cm x 16 cm) in the egg and place on top of the seaweed.
- Wrap the sheet seaweed around the fish snack sheet. Use the scissors to cut into small pieces. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Occasionally stir the snacks. The timing is a guideline. You can continue baking until it is crispy. It is best that you take one piece out, let it cool and try the crunchiness. If it is not crunchy enough, send back to the oven.
This is method 2 of preparation. As friends are complaining that they are not able to get hold of fish snack sheets but only fish snack stripes, you can try this method. The baking time is much shorter but is more laborious.
- Brush the seaweed snack with egg (for this method, you need not to use seaweed sheets of this size, but a smaller snack package of seaweed which I do not have it with me). Dip the fish snack stripes in the egg and use the seaweed to wrap around the fish snack stripes. Bake in the oven at 130 degree Celsius for about 5 minutes. Occasionally stir the seaweed strips. I will have another update on this version if I prepare it again. Note that the timing of this version will be relatively short as compared to the first version so keep an eye when you bake these snacks.
This post is just to add another recipe to my Chinese New Year collection. It is easy to prepare and taste great. If you are able to get this fish snack, do give it a try.
Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.
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