Pla-Heang Taeng-Mo (Dried Fish with Watermelon)

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Dried Fish with Watermelon is a cold dish which is often prepared in the summer. The watermelon is juicy with a sweet taste so it is served with dried fish. Having the dish in summer is refreshing.


Watermelon contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and C and potassium which helps the detoxification process of the liver and urinary bladder. Having the dish prevents a risk of cervical cancer and prostate cancer, relieves pain associated with canker sores and contains citrulline, an amino acid associated with wound healing.


1 dried snake-head fish, medium size
1 cup sliced red shallot
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup sugar
1 each watermelon, cut into bite-size piece


1. Fry the sliced red shallot in very hot oil, and set aside.
2. Grill the snake-head fish until well cooked. Peel off the skin and remove the fish bones. Put the fish meat in a mortar and softly pound until the meat is soft.
3. Warm the oil in a pan over low heat. Add the fish meat and fry until it becomes to brown. Turn off the heat. Add the sugar and fried shallot, and stir until well mixed.
4. Serve with the watermelon.