New Zealand whitebait are the juvenile of certain galaxiids which mature and live as adults in rivers with native forest surrounds. The eggs of these galaxiids are swept down to the ocean where they hatch and the young fry then move back up their home rivers as whitebait. They are much smaller than Chinese or British whitebait.
The most common whitebait species in New Zealand is the common galaxias or inanga. The other galaxiid species identified with whitebait in New Zealand are the climbing galaxias or koaro.
The Common Galaxias or the Inanga (Galaxias maculatus), is a family that is very widespread in the southern hemisphere.
The most popular way of cooking whitebait in New Zealand is the whitebait fritter, which is essentially an omelette containing whitebait. – Wikedpedia
And the fritters…
Heaven on a table!
Recipe, etc: World Nomads
What wines would you pair with this?
Personally, I’d go for a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.
Any other suggestions welcome in the comments.