The Red Sea is rich with fish species, and the market bustles as sharks, including hammerheads, rays and yellowfin tuna are carted around in wheelbarrows to waiting vehicles. The smaller fish are often strung together using dune grass.
Shellfish are more expensive and less popular, although an abundance of shrimps are brought in, and even the occasional crayfish. Fish are carted into the mountains every morning in galvanized iron tanks on blocks of ice to eaten fresh in the cities.
Others are smoked, frozen or dried, that latter, often sprats or sardines, being made into a spicy tomato sauce. This sauce is both sold on for general consumption and used with the fresh fish which are baked till black and flaky.
* Fish markets In Sana’a
In Sana'a a few fish markets are existing where you can buy different kinds of fresh fish. Although the fish has to come from the coastal areas it is generally fresh and non-frozen and prices are very low. Take care: A number of these markets are only open in the morning.
One of the fish-markets is situated behind the Italian Embassy. To reach there take the Old Airport Road in front of the parade stadium, turn right just after the Italian Embassy (their flag will guide you). Then take a left turn and another right. There you should find the fish market.
The other one is near Al Qaa, which is the continuation of Hadda Road across Zubairy. When coming onto the square, the market is on your left-hand side. They are only open in the morning.
Another fishmarket you will find in the street next to Gumhuriyya Hospital on Zubairy Street. Here you can ask to have the fish cleaned and fried for you.
Opposite to Hamadi supermarket (on the Medina) in the small side street you will find a fish shop that sells good quality fresh fish although the choice is limited.
Al-Hodeidah Fish Markets
Nobody goes to Yemen’s fish markets without wanting to visit it again. Fish markets in Hodeidah are the popular placec where persons can buy many kinds of fish and enjoy the fisheries.
The main fish market in Hodeidah is situated exactly next to the attractive anchor of fishing boats. In the early morning, swarms of people varied between among young and old people coexist. They come to either buy fresh fish or enjoy the fish anchor.
Others come to the market for working in the fish auction in which people can buy fish at cheap prices. People can buy many kinds of fish such as tuna, sword fish, lobster, shrimp, yellow fin, cuttlefish, red snapper, crabs, and other kinds of fish.
Fish is the best replacement of meat, as it is healthier.
Some fish is put under the burning sunshine at the boats’ anchor, until it becomes dry enough to eat. It is called in Arabic language Lukham. This is a favorite food to Hadhramout people.
Meanwhile, fresh fish that is cooked called Salona, which is very popular in Hodeidah folk restaurant. It is so delicious that persons become addicted after just one taste.
In the morning, you can buy fresh fish and roast for lunch or breakfast, with local cheese mixed with paste of tomatoes, garlic, and green peppers. In addition to that, shrimp is a famous supper. We usually buy fresh shrimp from the market and have a very delicious dinner.
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