It's a truth universally acknowledged that most anything is made better when you put an egg on it. This is the case, ten-fold, when you have a hangover. Bonus points if the following are also involved: something fried, white bread, hot sauce. Save the hot sauce (and I'm sure it can be arranged), all of these components are in full, glorious force in the Fisherman's Breakfast ($10.50 NZD) at the Fresh Fish Market in downtown Tauranga.
This plate of food is big enough to share, and I highly recommend you do (remember: you're hungover, that doesn't mean you have to be totally stupid). $10.50 gets you two meaty, flaky hunks of fried snapper, a pile of french fries, a scoop of coleslaw, and two orange-yolked, perfectly runny fried eggs on top.
Tauranga is a seaside town, and a major port for boat traffic in New Zealand. So, this snapper is fresh, easily flaking apart with the touch of a fork.
And, the fish is perfectly battered and fried. The crusted exterior is delicate, almost tempura-like in texture and crispness, but it's greasy-in-a-good-way (all the better for your hangover, my pretty). This is a flavor-rich batter, too—I'm guessing seasoned salt, but these ladies aren't the kind to reveal secrets.
But those runny eggs really put it over the top. That gorgeous orange-gold yolk coats the fish, adding a lovely richness without rendering the fried crust soggy. The slaw is a nice flavor contrast, too. It's sweet and crisp without the gloppy mayonnaise texture of lesser coleslaws.
The french fries are a little undersalted, the white bread untoasted. But both provide excellent vehicles for mouth-stretching, egg-coated, all-in-one-bites. AKA: hangover curing manna from heaven.
Fresh Fish Market
1 Dive Crescent, Tauranga 3110 New Zealand (map)
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