Confit firework sardines with tochi
“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.” ＿Karen Blixen
In the area of Jinshan, after the night falls, boats set sail using the lure of mining lights. This unique “Beng Huo Zai” phenomenon causes small silver fish to leap out of the sea in the darkness, sparkling like fireworks. The freshly caught Qing Lin fish, due to its difficulty in preservation, is often sold in packages to local people for home cooking and does not make its way into markets or restaurants. With the traditional method facing the risk of extinction, the Jinshan Mining Festival strives to preserve this tradition through tourism.
“Qing Lin Zai represents a group of people, an industry, and even a microcosm of marine resources and culture.”
In the perfect springtime, the boats of Beng Huo Zai set sail in the dark, blooming like fireworks. LOUU deep-fries the Qing Lin Zai and preserves it with savory salted black beans in mustard seed oil, capturing flavors as rich and abundant as fireworks. It can be enjoyed straight from the can or squeezed with lemon and paired with bread for the most satisfying happy hour!