Fish is one of the finest delicacies in the book of food. There are tremendous kinds of fish having colour,texture and taste difference. Every fish has different timings to be prepared. Few are served even raw as in famous”Sushi”. Fresh slices of salmon are used in salads as well . But one thing is for sure that cooking a fish can be quite tricky as if which type is it so how much time does it needs to be cooked .It can be fried, baked, steamed,broiled, cooked in a curry or even just as raw!
While picking the right fish we first have to know exactly which one we have to pick according to the dish. A fish having too many bones is not a good option to have it as finger fish . But there are few fish like “trout”, from fresh water whose bones are so tender that once fried you can eat whole even it’s bones and it’s amazing in flavour. Same is “king fish”, best to have as fried . But then we have “Rahu”, it’s meat is full of flavour but God spare …. It has uncountable bones… Such fish can’t be fried. Doesn’t mean you “can’t” fry it but making finger fish out of it’s meat won’t be easy.
It was a sunny day of summers when I started a trip to Khanpur Dam , in Islamabad, Punjab (Pakistan)..with my sister and daughters. Was a great trip by car , crossing Cantt of Texila and it took like around 1 1/2_ 2 hrs to reach the dam but how time passed I never realised because the route is very interesting. After reaching our destination we were so excited that we ran downwards where there were boats waiting for tourists to have a boat ride in the dam. Not realising how much the water level was low , we actually came down a long way but coming down is always easy. Now standing by the dam the scene was breath taking. Huge mountains all around and this beautiful dam in the center was something to gaze at for long. It was a huge open area ,of course it had to because of the dam , wind was blowing and the air was fresh. We had a ride in a boat and it was funnnnn. After our ride when we saw the way from which we came down , our jaws dropped! It was steep, it was high , it was hot and it was bad.. bad idea leaving the car up by the road side….. We huffed, we puffed and we finally made it up.. Too much of excitement ! Anyway , coming all the way up and a ride on a boat had really drained us and we were starving.
There were small cabins where it was mentioned “fresh fish available”, ” taste the best fried fish”. My sister and I went there asking which fish they had so the guy told he was offering kingfish fried. I never had tasted kingfish before so it was a risk but the way that guy was telling that how tasty the fish is …honestly we had to take the risk and secondly we were really hungry and the smell of fried fish in the open air was asking us to give it a try. We ordered 1kg fried kingfish. As our platter arrived….my my the colour, the smell, it was just a wow. And as we tasted it we couldn’t stop ourselves . We had it all and ordered a kg more. It’s really crazy having 2 kg fried fish just the two of us and small two girls but yes it’s true. I can taste it’s flavour in my memory even now when I think about it. Highly recommended… Whenever you visit khanpur Dam , do try kingfish fried. Was worth a try!