17 May 2008

Narrow Barred (Spanish) Mackerel

Recent picture of a nice mackerel caught by Jeff from Hawaii aboard Bite Me.
The Fijian name for this species is 'Walu' and it is considered by the locals to be an excellent food fish.
There is a special Fijian dish called Kokoda (pronounced kokonda) which is absolutely delicious. If you ever get the chance to try it, I heartily recommend that you do.
The walu is chopped into small pieces and marinated for several hours in fresh lemon juice, fresh coconut milk, chopped onions and chopped chilli from the resorts organic garden. The lemon juice 'cooks' the fish and I consider it even better than the yellowfin sashimi that we often serve to guests as a started dish at dinner.