It's Whitebait season... Between 15th August and 30th November
except on the West Coast... Slightly sorter season there.
I showed you the whitebaiters at Ashley River mouth...
Well there were also a few people with nets at
Salt Water Creek... Just a bit further north on SH1.
On the side of the road there was some for sale...
$100 per kilo... But only $10 per 100gr!
So of course I had to have some although it was
a total indulgence...
It's a small fish with a very big reputation as New Zealand
whitebait is regarded as one of the most prized seafood
delicacies in the country. Unlike European whitebait –
small, whole herrings – whitebait in New Zealand are the
sprats of galaxiids (slim narrow fish with forked tails,
which as adults live in freshwater rivers and lakes).
In this juvenile state, whitebait 'sprats' resemble
fat translucent worms.
So into the mixing pot. I added one egg white and
one small spoon of rice flour...
My little fritters cooking...
Served with new seasons asparagus... Yum, yum.
I ate them slowly!