Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Runny oysters and flying fish

Fried rice
Food Diary (November 29, 2011)
Breakfast: Sourdough toast
Lunch: Fried rice
Dinner: Tomato soup with bread

Fried rice is great, I have never heard of anyone not liking it. I have seen it on the menu of every Chinese restaurant I have visited. It will probably remain popular forever. A restaurant near my university had different types of fried rice – regular, curried, different meats, combination, seafood, and the list goes on. They also had many other (deep) fried things such as fish, potatoes and mussels. All delicious. I wonder if fried rice would taste less delicious if it was called sautéed rice and vegetables. Boring. 

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Source: masak-masak
Deep fried flying fish – that fish is certainly not smiling

Today’s Favourite Blog
Oysters are considered aphrodisiacs, supposed to give pleasure, but not the British ones. They will probably give you diarrhea and vomiting. According to research published by Food Standards Agency 76% of British-grown oysters are contaminated with the highly infectious bug norovirus, also known as the 'winter vomiting bug'.

Andrew Wadge, Chief Scientist at the Food Standards Agency, said: ‘Though oysters are traditionally eaten raw, people should be aware of the risks involved in eating them in this way.’ ‘The Agency advises that older people, pregnant women, very young children and people who are unwell should avoid eating raw or lightly cooked shellfish to reduce their risk of getting food poisoning.’

Oysters filter large volumes of water to get their food, and any bacteria and viruses in the water can build up within the oyster. And then humans eat oyster. What shall we expect?

Anyway, in case you have great plans on consuming British oysters for a good night, just keep in mind your night might run in a different direction.  

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  1. Oh dear, that is definitely not the desired effect of oysters for some couples I'm sure! reminds me of the SATC movie with Charlotte and Harry!

  2. Fried rice are definitely a staple everywhere in Asia, and there is no where of escaping it. It is so easy to cook at home and accessible anywhere that when one does not have an idea what to eat, it's always fried rice :p
    It's also a good way to settle all the leftovers in the fridge; if you have rice, shrimps, vegetables or even meat, throw them all in the wok and you get your fried rice :)
    The flying fish looks absolutely stunning; masak masak never fails to impress with her dishes :)
    I am glad I am never a big fan of raw oysters, and rushing in and out of the loo in the middle of the night is not a good idea of a great night :p

  3. When living in Scotland, my dad loved the fresh oysters they were selling at the wharves...I'll have to let him know that's not the wisest plan these days. I am now in the mood for fried rice...so hoping we have enough leftover from dinner tonight for a future meal~

  4. Oooh, fish head! I once ate a fish eye. Probably won't do that again. I adore natural oysters though!

  5. Love fried rice, but I've never had such interesting things in it, just usually pork or chicken.
    Cool picture but not sure I could eat something that is staring back at me :)

  6. Your fried rice looks as excellent as every fried rice I have ever seen or had. You are so right: it's a kind of miracle dish, given that even in the restaurants it can be made with leftovers (I'm sure it often is...). Sometimes I make a precise, elaborate dish with rice as a side dish, and the following day I make fried rice with leftovers and whatever I find in the fridge. Most of the time I think how good this "dustbin" dish is ;-)
    Have you heard about the famous Heston Blumenthal's restaurant's close down some time ago? I believe it was due to a couple of old people poisoned with oysters. They reopened it after the tests had shown it was the poor health condition and not contaminated or not fresh food's fault.
    I love raw oysters (have never had them cooked actually) and somehow trust the very frequent tests they undergo in France (I am not in the high risk group either). I hope to eat lots of excellent oysters this year. Last year I had at least 25 huge ones in one meal as a starter ;-) Of course I skipped the main dish and dessert.

  7. It's such a shame to cook oysters. They really should be eaten raw for one to feel that sexy, luscious, voluptuous, creamy knob (whoooo) in one's mouth. Anything less fresh should be thrown anyway. I used to be able to eat about 3 dozen oysters in one sitting but haven't done so for many years since (I can't remember which year) there was some seafood contamination scare. And I do believe our seas are much more contaminated these days so I try to avoid raw stuff ... except maybe for the occasional sashimi binge.
    I'm sure the Brits can find some other aphrodisiac to replace those oysters :D

  8. Definitely mind over matter...sauteed rice just doesn't have the same ring to it.

  9. okay good thing I didn't see this post before this thanksgiving because I made oyster dressing for my in-laws since they are from New Orleans and are used to eating that on the holidays. I know we didn't have those type of oysters but honestly the article scares me enough to stay away from all oysters for now:)

  10. That fried fish head! Fantastic!

  11. Sauteed rice - haha. I think fried rice is delicious because of the burnt taste from the wok on very very high heat. I'm not a big fan of oysters (or I should say I don't like it at all) but the story is a little scary. Heheh that fish is not happy at all. The fried fish looks great though. :-)

  12. Lorraine: I haven’t seen that SATC movie, must watch

    Christy: no, bad oysters definitely won’t result in a fun night!

    Lizzy: hope you have leftover rice

    Hannah: I once ate a fish eye too, unknowingly, not a pleasant experience

    Carol: or you could eat it quickly to stop it staring back?!

    Sissi: that’s a very interesting and true description – dustbin dish.
    I did hear of Fat Duck closing for few days but I didn’t know they found the reason for the illness. That was a bad incident, that’s one of the restaurants I would love to visit .
    25 oysters – wow. Unfortunately ping beat you, you need to try harder:) The last time I had oysters, I had just one. It was part of a set meal so I couldn’t ruin the rest of the dishes. 25 is an achievement though, and great that those were not British ones

    ping: 3 dozen is an achievement. Was it a seafood contamination scare or significant risk of oysters becoming extinct:) Oyster omelet is popular in Malaysia/Singapore if I remember correctly. I haven’t seen that being served anywhere else.
    British have other alternatives, they are creative!

    Joanne: exactly

    Kitchen Belleicious: I hope this article didn’t discourage you too much

    Yummychunklet: it does look fantastic in a strange way

    Nami: the wok hei – makes a huge difference.

  13. Harhar. Ooh yes, the oyster omelets are so good but those are real itty bitty sized ones.

  14. ping: yes tiny ones but still delicious. I guess if oyster omelets were available in major cities, it would probably only be in high end places, not hawker stalls. Some of us are lucky:)

  15. OK never eating oysters in the United Kingdom, does not sounds like the evening will end well. But fried rice does rule and it comes in so many varieties and twists