Thursday, July 17, 2008

Fetish for Smoked Salmon

Smoked salmon is a preparation of salmon, typically a fillet that has been cured and then hot or cold smoked. Due to its moderately high price, smoked salmon is considered a delicacy.

When i dine out at cafe or bistros, a smoked salmon sandwich is none other than than my ideal choice. The sharp sweet-salty taste coupled with fresh toasted bread makes it an instant hit with my tastebuds.
I'm a huge fan of bread and salmon.

Making a good home-made rendition is unfortunately not as easy as i thought. Resturants would either take in the ones of freshest quality or smoke their own to lower costs, which ensures a controlled taste and texture of the product. However, packaged smoked salmon purchased from supermarkets usually come dull or not suited to individual liking (some with unbelievable sodium levels!). I can never get the soft, smooth, tender ones from my dine-out sandwiches.

A couple of weeks ago, i came across a pack of Finest Scottish Oak Smoked Salmon from Giant at $10.90 (for 100 grams). Using an uncommon oakwood smoke, the pretty orange shade looked far more promising than the rest.

i decided to invest my chance.

Smoked Salmon Sandwich, arugula tomatoes & dill

My expectations lifted on first touch. Finally, something soft and delicate out of that processed packet. To savour the original flavour, i kept my sandwich simple with just arugula, tomatoes and a light sprinkle of dill weeds. Lemon by the side.

I took one bite, then two. And towards the end, i was struggling with swallowing those slices. It met head-on with my sodium intake limit and worse, beared a sort of fishy flavour. Bummer. Seems like nothing makes the cut.

I will still keep a vigil lookout for any new brands on the rise, but for now... grabbing my salmon outside would best satisfy the cravings.

Lookout for my top 10 smoked salmon sandwiches... soon.

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