Savoring the Sweet and Savory Flavor of Smoked Salem Fish

If you’re a fan of salem fish, also known as the Pacific Mackerel, you might want to try it in a different form—smoked salem fish. This dish offers a unique blend of slightly sweet and savory flavors, and the best part is that it’s quite affordable, priced at just Rp10,000 (approximately $0.70 USD) per serving, which includes a side of fresh vegetables and rice.

You can find this culinary delight along the Pantura (North Coast Road) in Dusun Parsean, Tamansari Village, Dringu District, Probolinggo Regency. The aroma of smoked fish and the wafting smoke have become everyday sights and smells in this area, making it an inviting destination for food enthusiasts.

A Traditional Culinary Experience

Dewi Wulansari, a 23-year-old resident of Dusun Parsean, has been selling smoked salem fish for approximately five years. Customers not only dine on the spot but also frequently purchase smoked salem fish as souvenirs to take home.

According to Dewi, customers often praise the delightful taste of this dish, noting its slight sweetness and rich umami flavor. She shared her insights, saying, “Customers say it’s delicious, with a hint of sweetness and a savory taste.”

Between 10 and 50 Vehicles can be seen Stopping by Dewi’s

On any given day, between 10 and 50 vehicles can be seen stopping by Dewi’s roadside eatery, located just south of the Pantura highway in Probolinggo. She explained that her daily income from selling smoked salem fish can exceed Rp1 million (approximately $70 USD) when business is brisk, particularly during weekends and holidays. However, during quieter periods, her earnings may dip below that mark.

Dewi offers a variety of smoked fish, not limited to salem fish alone. Customers can choose from an assortment of fish types, including red snapper, mackerel, king mackerel, and more. The prices vary depending on the fish type and size, ranging from Rp5,000 (approximately $0.35 USD) to Rp70,000 (approximately $4.90 USD).

A Taste That Leaves a Lasting Impression

One customer, Nur, confirmed the delightful taste of smoked salem fish. Its tender texture and the balance of sweet and savory flavors left a lasting impression.

“It really tastes delicious, with a sweet and savory flavor profile. The moment it touches your taste buds, you can’t help but savor every bite,” Nur enthusiastically shared.

So, if you find yourself traveling along the Pantura in Probolinggo, don’t miss the opportunity to try this local delicacy. Smoked salem fish offers a memorable taste of Pantura Probolinggo’s culinary heritage, and it’s a savory treat that won’t break the bank.