As important as it is for us to be cooking in other peoples’ kitchens, we also wanted to show how we work in a kitchen that we know very well: Lynn’s. And of course, this being Lynn’s kitchen, we decided to cook an Asian-inspired dish. We settled on cooking a whole fish – a Spanish mackerel, to be exact – that we had picked up from the local market. I couldn’t help but be excited for this one. I had taken a trip to Thailand just over one year ago, and one of the most memorable things about that trip was the food. During my time there, I had steered far away from any formal restaurants, and instead preferred to dine at the countless street carts all over town. I visited the same street cart in Bangkok at least 5 times for dinner because they prepared some of the best fish that I had ever eaten: whole fish that was served sizzling hot – sometimes very simply prepared with just some herbs and lemon, and other times drizzled with the silkiest sauces.
I wasn’t disappointed with our outcome either. Serving our mackerel with an orange chili sauce, plenty of herbs, lemon, and lime – even the irreverent presentation reminded me of those meals in Thailand. And the flavor? Yes, I’d say, for a moment there I was transported. It may be time for another trip to Thailand…or just to our kitchen :)