August 12, 2011

Okporoko aka Panla (Stock Fish)

Ever wondered what fresh Okporoko looks like? well, wonder no more. Here is Fresh Okporoko/panla .


This post is more of a "Know Your food note" than a recipe post. I will feature some ingredients that I believe deserves proper introduction every now and again.
**if you have any suggestions on ingredients to feature, please let me know in the comment form..pretty/Handsome pleaseeee** **


Okporoko among southern Nigerians, Panla among Western Nigerians. This delicacy originally start out as fresh Cod fish (usually) in Norwegian waters.Stockfish is Norway's longest sustained export commodity. READ MORE HERE

39 comments:

stelzz said...

good info. thanks. haven't seen fresh okporoko before

Nightingale said...

One thing i like about your pics is that they are not photoshopped,.. and they have they power to make you hungry even if you were not.
Good job sis

9jaFOODie said...

@Stelzz: Glad it was helpful

@Nightingale: Thanks much sis, I dey try small :D

MsJB said...

Ok did I just get confused with all the types and the etc.
I guess I'll really need to enter the market if I really want to learn. And where did you get the fresh one from? Usu we only see the dry.
And that plate is enticing to say the least :)
Thanks for sharing, it was so informative

Ibhade said...

wow! never knew all these details..tnx for enlighten us..i like stockfish esp for ogbono soup...but i had observed that it is getting tasteless unlike before when the taste was rich & the aroma powerful!..but now...e just be as if pesin no put anything inside soup,& it scatters so easily, unlike before!..hence, i seldom buy it, the head has more taste than the body.

p.s...jeez! the skin b lik snake oo!>.hahahahaha.

Dressed said...

Clap...clap...clap. very interesting and educative. so true about not getting the real deal in Nig, you really have to know it or have a good market buddy to give you the real deal. I learn t the hard way, the cod version usually more expensive than the other varieties, i think they call one of the cheaper ones Apo, not sure now.

N.I.L (Naijamum in London) said...

Nice
Cod is what they usually use here for the traditional English fish and chips.
(Cod in beer batter deep fried and served with chunky chips)
Very yummy

9jaFOODie said...

MsJB: lol... don't be confused darlyn, I am happy you found it informative. Yope... the market is where it's at!!

@Ibhade: I feel your pain my sista, they use too much magomago in the market, they often disguise rubbish as stockfish, you might have to paly with someone to get the good stuff. LMAO@ the skin comment, on second look it does.

@Dressed: I agree the cod version is a lot more expensive.Thanks for the kind words

@NIL: for real? beer battered? 0_O.
I should try it when next I am in your side of the globe.

Naijamum in L. said...

@9ja Foodie:
A beer battered Cod recipe for you here:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/jamie-oliver/fish-and-chips-recipe/index.html?rsrc=search

Haven't tried this particular recipe BUT I have tried some of Jamie's other recipes and they are fab
xoxoxo

9jaFOODie said...

You rock my socks off NIL!! I will be trying the recipe, I will update.

Emeka Amakeze said...

Yes, I agree that this is informative but I'm making it official that only some of these delicacies will save you the day I will catch you.

Olori said...

ur definitely well rounded in the area of food missy....kudos. u shuld do a post tellin us how u fell head over heels in love with cooking, food etc cos u have to have the passion to do what u do :)

9jaFOODie said...

@Emeka...lol, I shall prepare myself for that day. Thanks much!!

@Olori: awww.. you are too kind, thank u! I actually did an interview with Blogville gist some months ago, you can read it here http://blogsvillegist.blogspot.com/2011/06/bvg-features-9jafoodie-modern-african.html.
you will be able to get a better gist of what got me interested.

Natural Nigerian said...

Great information. This will be the first time I have seen the fresh version of this delicacy that moves grown men to poetry.

NikkiSho said...

love this..i've never actually seen fresh panla before...good job!!

NikkiSho said...

oh and i read your interview...awesome!!! :)

kitkat said...

you're so well-informed. U need to have a restaurant man!

e__victor said...

This is dope yo!! Now I want to eat fish. :(

9jaFOODie said...

@NN: lol..thanks much!

@Nikkisho: thanks my love!

@Kitkat; hopefully very soon :D, thank you much

@e_victor: I will be more than happy to make you some :D

gretel said...

mehnn,that fish looks scary when fresh but I enjoy it a lot,the piix alone dey do make hunger hold me :(

*Michael Onobote* said...

Funny enough I don't really like Panla at all cuz of the dryness. But with the expose here and nutritional benefits, I might as well start training this tongue of mine to like it.
Thanks 9jafoodie and I love your food pictures, making them look attractive and all.

9jaFOODie said...

@gretel: you are right, it's a scary sight. lol.

@Michael: Thanks for the kind words, the nutritional benefit is definitely worth it.

DIDI said...

The fish in the first picture is SCARY!!! i`m just gonna picture the food without it.

9jaFOODie said...

lol...it's not that bad nahhh. lol...I agree sha, it's kinda scary.

DesperateNaijaWoman said...

I am not happy with you blog right now cos its 4am inthe mornng and thanks to your photos, I am not very hungry and there is no chance of me eating at this hour! Lol!

I love the fotos 9jaFoodie! I got all the way back to the indomie recipes and I just had to stop oh but well done ganni..I really wish you had a resto in Naija, I will for sure be a client.....God bless dear and keep shining@

DesperateNaijaWoman said...

You know I meant' I am NOW very hungry abi? Lol

Mstizzle said...

Ummm... I'm guessing that's where cod liver oil comes from as well (random thought!!) The fresh one's skin does look like a snake's o. It is well!

LE DYNAMIQUE PROFESSEUR said...

I certainly do love Panla. Its been forever since I had it - becus of obodo yibo. Will be on the look out surely when next I visit homeland. So Panla too get grade? LOL

- LDP

9jaFOODie said...

@DNW: lol...I am sorry. lol Amen Amen amen. Restaurant is around the corner God willing. Thanks so much for the kind words.

LDP: Panla has grade oo my broda. lol.

Wisdom Calls said...

WOW, i definately always wondered what it looked like. Nice and delicious..lol

9jaFOODie said...

Thanks Wisdom calls :)

Rhapsody B. said...

Blessings, glad I was able to inspire you with my poem "ENOUGH AM I UNTIL I DIE." You are welcome to have a copy providing you link back to my page as the author/creator.

Lord that red pepper looks beautiful not the mention the food, gurl what you trying to do to me, am still at work and hungry like a dog.

9jaFOODie said...

Definitely! thanks.

lol....Hope you found some food to eat.

Prism of an immigrant said...

Wow, I had no idea what it looked like. I never even imagined.

TeeEhm said...

I like Panla Alot! abeg, name all those vegetables in that picture, did u fry them or....?
I wanna try 'em

9jaFOODie said...

@Prism: lol...yeahhh

@TeeEHm: see test oo...lol... I have green beans, green and red peppers, onion and mushroom. it was sauteed not fried.

The Relentless Builder said...

This was quite informative. I certainly did not know Panla had grades (na wa!) and I did not know what fresh panla looked like till now...

Panla has a very strong smell (abi she na aroma?) when you're cooking it (and afterwards), but it adds a nice flavor to food...Thanks for sharing!

9jaFOODie said...

lol...na aroma:D.

Ginger said...

Thanks for sharing 9ja foodie. I've never seen fresh okporoko. Now that I've seen it, if i had the choice that's what i'll be eating. I really don't fancy the dried version we eat..