August 2018


The Secret to Youth and a Healthy Heart: The Japanese Culture of Eating Fish


Japan: a country well known for its robotics, etiquette, karaoke, and of course, its food. And with its plethora of Michelin three-star restaurants, food is serious business in Japan. In fact, Japanese cuisine is one of the only three national food traditions that UNESCO, the U.N. cultural organisation recognises for its cultural significance. As an island nation, the Japanese take great pride in their seafood, which is a major part of their diet – with sushi and sashimi now widely sought after around the world.

Having been the leading providers of fish and seafood in Malta for over 30 years, Azzopardi Fisheries explores the Japanese fish-eating culture further.

Japanese people consume much more fish and seafood than is typical in most western countries, and a lifetime of eating tuna, salmon and other fish is believed to factor into their puzzlingly low rate of death by coronary heart disease. Research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in 2008 suggests that the protection against clogged arteries comes from omega-3 fatty acids, found in an abundance in oily fish.

Nutritional studies show that the intake of omega-3 fatty acids from fish averages 1.3 grams per day in Japan, where locals typically eat about 3 ounces of fish daily – as compared to 0.2 grams in the USA. And although seafood is eaten in just about any form imaginable, the one most of us identify with must be sushi and sashimi.

So if you’re fishing for compliments from your guests or are looking for ways to stay healthy, you might want to start with the seafood-rich diet typically served up in Japan. Come over to Azzopardi Fisheries in St. Paul’s Bay, where we provide the broadest selection of fresh fish Malta has to offer, matched with great service!


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Shrimply Irresistible: Interesting Ways to Incorporate Prawns


Celebrated across many cultures as the star ingredient of any recipe, prawns are the one shellfish that most seafood lovers find impossible to resist. Their name varies according to which part of the world you happen to find yourself in – in Australia and the USA, they’re called shrimp, whereas the British just use prawns to refer to both shellfish. To us at Azzopardi Fisheries, leading provider of fresh seafood in Malta, they’re delicious whatever the name! Here are a few ways of cooking and preparing these delectable pink morsels into your next seafood dish.


1. Prawn-filled avocados

It seems as though the world can’t get enough of avocados these days – and for good reason! They’re extremely versatile and pair so brilliantly with a number of ingredients. For this recipe, cut your chosen number of avocados in half and remove the stones. Toss a bunch of freshly cooked, peeled and chopped prawns with French dressing in a bowl, and place them on top of the avocados. They make for an excellent and tasty starter or a summertime snack.


2. Prawn poppadoms

Quick and easy to make, these canapes are perfect for starting off a fancy dinner for a special occasion. You’ll need 24 mini-poppadoms and cooked prawns, peeled and left to dry on kitchen paper before being put in the fridge for storage. Divide 200g of tzatziki between each poppadom, spooning evenly. Place a prawn on top of every one, seasoning with paprika and coriander.


3. Watermelon salad with feta and prawn

De-seed, peel and coarsely chop some watermelon, and place the pieces in a large bowl. Add cooked and peeled prawns, a few mint leaves and some sliced feta cheese. To combine, toss everything together. For the dressing, pour some extra virgin olive oil along with red wine vinegar into a smaller bowl. Whisk together and then drizzle over the salad to taste.


4. Prawn and Lemon Bruschetta

In a wok, heat 1 tsp of olive oil, 2 thinly sliced garlic cloves and 1 large red chili (sliced and deseeded). Raise the heat and add 200g of raw king prawns, and wait until they turn pink before removing them from the pan. Add coriander and lemon juice, and place on top of freshly toasted baguette slices, adding an optional layer of rocket leaves.


Here at Azzopardi Fisheries in St. Paul’s Bay, we’re proud to have been supplying fresh seafood and fish in Malta for over 30 years. We value our customers highly, which is why all our products are of superb quality and freshness. Contact us today for more information about our supply of fresh fish in Malta, or visit our stores in person where our friendly and experienced staff will help you to the best of their abilities!

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There are Many Fish in The Sea: Which Fish are You?


Living in a sensory world very different from our own, there are truly many fish in the sea. Have you ever wondered which one is the finned version of you? At Azzopardi Fisheries, leading providers of among the freshest fish Malta has to offer, we’ve got your existential questions covered. Check out which of these three fish you best relate to!


1. Salmon

Salmon are strong fish which, after spending 2-4 years in the salt water, swim upstream against the current to return to the freshwater habitat they left years earlier. Research shows that salmon have a special sensory system that allows them to navigate their way in the ocean by sensing the earth’s magnetic field.

If this sounds all too familiar, your fish twin might be the mighty salmon! You are brave and are neither afraid to go against the grain, nor to speak your mind. Dedication and perseverance are your second names and you have a deep hunger to do what you set your mind to do, whatever the cost.


2. Octopus

Octopuses (not octopi!) are considered to be some of the most intelligent invertebrates out there (or rather, in there). Indeed, they may even be smarter than many vertebrates! Their large brains enable them to quickly master a number of laboratory tests involving sensory learning and memory. When it comes to personality, Canadian researcher Jennifer Mather has made a case that individual octopuses develop their character and temperament over time, and that genetically-related octopuses tend to have similar behavioral traits.
You are probably not the most sociable person in a group, but what you lack in extraversion, you make up for with wit and intelligence. Those around you consider you thoughtful, logical and resourceful. However, when it comes to body coordination… let’s just say that’s another story.


3. Swordfish

Swordfish are large, strong fish, easily distinguished by their characteristic long flat bill that looks like a sword. They swim alone or in loose aggregations, separated by as much as ten metres from the next swordfish.

Proud, eccentric, energetic and independent, you are an adventurous soul who doesn’t fear change. People can’t help paying attention to you in a crowd, which is great, because you feel the need to be seen or heard. This sometimes comes across as egotistical and arrogant, yet this confidence is the very thing that pushes you to perform better when it comes to crunch time. What most don’t know is that you want to leave your mark on the world and inspire others to make the world a better place.


Azzopardi Fisheries for the best fresh fish Malta has to offer

If you’re looking for a place to meet all your seafood needs, come over to Azzopardi Fisheries in St. Paul’s Bay and pick from the widest range of fresh fish Malta has to offer! With over 30 years of experience in the industry, we know a thing or two about food quality and customer satisfaction!

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