Watch Queue Queue “My go-to recipe is poached skate in brown butter sauce. In fact, hongeo-specialized restaurants advise customers to seal their jackets in plastic bags before eating, and spray them with deodorant before leaving. Surströmming’s defining quality, and source of international notoriety, is its distinctive smell. The oldest archeological findings of fish fermentation are 9,200 years old and from the south of today's Sweden. Add marinated stake wing fish and cook about 2 mins, add roasted potatoes. “This generates a slight ammonia-like smell, nothing overpowering but a definite hint of it. e9.snackbar = true; After that, you eat it,” she says, adding that after trying it at least four times you’ll get hooked by “that minty feeling in the back of your throat many say is addictive”. You see, the skate doesn’t pee like other animals, it releases urine through its skin, and that’s exactly the stuff hongeo chefs marinate the meat in for about a month in order to obtain the stomach-churning delicacy. Your kitchen may temporarily smell like a salad, but that is very short-lived, and far preferable to the lingering smell of yesterday's fish. bella | Jan 22, 2004 08:00 PM 31. Interestingly, not only is hongeo’s pungent smell almost guaranteed to trigger your gag reflex, its chewy flesh and crunchy cartilage also make it hard to swallow. Skate wings that smell of ammonia will taste like ammonia. If you liked this story, like & follow us on Facebook for more. Skate is a deliciously mild, slightly sweet fish that isn’t at all fishy. Find out what’s on this Christmas at Borough Market, pan fried skate, lemon, capers and nut brown butter. May 20, 2014 - (1016) Most pungent smelling fish - skate (I) And its muscle structure makes for a beautifully exotic presentation on the plate, as you can see above. //-->. This makes it very easy to cook, you just have to keep an eye on it to make sure you don’t overcook it.”, Lovely to eat “I always pan fry it, three or four minutes each side at most depending on the thickness of the fish. For Iagan MacNeill, skate was a fish beyond compare. The lateral line system, which most fish possess, allows them to detect waves of pressure or mechanical disturbances in the water. Skate is actually part of the shark family and has a very distinctive flavour. The skate fish is harvested mostly for their wings. Skate is usually poached or steamed, but can also be cooked in any of the other ways you would cook fish. If the smell is strong, toss them out or suffer the consequences - it won't taste good and the dead fish odor may hang around for days.