Hiroyuki posted a nice recipe for sugary dried sardines with almonds. Therefor I searched our local asia stores for dried small sardines high and low. And today I was sucessful - finally: I found small dried sardines (Anchovis) not stored in the shelves but in the freezer section - who would have thought to search for dried goods in a freezer.. beats me. I visited the store during lunch break and had a nice long quick stroll which should be good for the health even it was raining cats and dogs. So I worked hard for these little beasts.
Here they are:
I took half of them (50 g) and put them in the microwave flat layered on a plate for 1.20 minutes.
Started to smell very "fish" quickly.
Meanwhile I heated 1.5 tablespoons sugar with 0.5 tablespoon water. Just melting on medium heat.
I filled in the fish and stirred once - and than it happend: caramelization. Should not happen that quick but it did. What I got is caramelized fish - very crunchy and crisp. Not bitter but a very unusual taste. How to describe 150% fish sweet and very salty. They don't look like the fish in Hiroyukis blog. They should not caramelize. Theres no helping, damage done - but still somehow tasty.
I had to put the exhaustion fan to the max but the smell still lingers...