Mahi-mahi winter special
Our mahi-mahi comes from Houbi Harbor in Pingtung. “Mahi-mahi can be found in Taiwan from February to well after summer. During the summer, the mahi-mahi is extra meaty. Like Bluefin tuna, the mahi-mahi is migratory fish, and is usually found along the eastern coast of Taiwan. Therefore, in addition to the eastern coastal cities, you have to travel to the northeast coast or all the way down south to Hengchun peninsula just for mahi-mahi,” says Chef Pan.
Inexpensive and ever so tender, the mahi-mahi is good even for grilling and sautéing. Chef Pan has prepared for us mahi-mahi two-ways, including mahi-mahi sashimi, which is not as greasy as the Bluefin tuna but chewy and tender, smooth to the taste. Besides mahi-mahi, I also tasted Yellowfin tuna.
Chef Pan also said, locals at Hengchun likes to cook the head and meat of mahi-mahi with dried turnip as soup, precisely the kind of soup I had this time. The broth is a perfect blend of sweet and savory, but the meat is somewhat dry, which is probably because all the fishy essence is already in the broth.