Haha, my version of the classic childhood song. Either crispy deep-fried in oil or cooked in simple soup with pieces of ginger, this smallish (about 3 inches x 3 inches) plain-looking fish was a delight, guaranteed to make one polish off an extra plate of rice.
As kids we “fought” over the ultimate prizes — the roe that came in little balls about 1 cm in diameter, slightly flattened. The poor man’s caviar !
Haiz, I have not seen nor tasted this ikan kekek for at least 3 decades now. Am not sure if it is just not available in Singapore or that it has been hunted to extinction. Maybe I have not searched hard enough. What to do ? As consolation, I just go to YouTube and search out the familiar music – tak dapat makan dengar pun jadi !
Really pathetic lah, I.