Dead Fish Sancocho

Sancocho is a soup that is very very popular here and it can contain different meats, like chicken, pot roast, tripe or fish.  Here’s a picture:

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This is not a picture of MY sancocho, it is a picture of a typical sancocho and I have eaten plenty of sancocho that looks like this but last Friday I had dead fish sancocho. 

I specify that it was DEAD fish sancocho not because it bothers me that it was dead. It’s not like I would want a LIVE fish swimming around in my soup.  It’s just that at this restaurant they don’t serve soup with fish in it.. they serve soup with A fish in it…a WHOLE fish.. and all you can see when it arrives to your table is its desperate, eyeless face poking out of the soup like it’s gasping for air.  Like it died right there because it couldn’t get its head back under the soup because the bowl was too small… 

Now, I know they got the fish from the market because that is where the cheapest fish are from and this soup only costs 3,000 pesos. (about $1.50) and below you can see how the fish are stored at the market:

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Which, I guess is not that bad if it weren’t 95 degrees out on a cool day. 

Anyway, I question if it’s been gutted properly and if you don’t pick 2 eyes out of your soup then you know you ate one… or both…

Something I never knew before I got here, even though I have had a decent amount of experience with fish being served whole, is that Fish eyes are huge!  They seem small on the outside but once their eye sockets disintegrate and the whole eyeball falls out and is floating around like a black and while marble it can be quite unsettling.  People who have tried them say that they are salty, crunchy and delicious.  Normally I have a policy about trying things but I think I’m going to just have to pass on this one…

All in all the soup was quite yummy, I eat there about 3 times a week, yesterday it was pot roast sancocho. Yum Yum

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