The packages were tidily put at the table during fish products bazaar not long ago. One buyer asked to a man who was tidying the packages at the table, which turned out to be fish skin chips. “These are pangasius skin chips, and the salted egg flavor is the most favorite for the customers,” said that man who later been called Abdul Muin.
Muin, he often been called, was the owner of this pangasius skin chips business. The business was located at northern Jakarta. Beside patin, he also processed other fishes, for example groupers. “However, pangasius is still the prime product for the customer. And for the seller, it is also a tempting business because this pangasius skin could be valued between 135 thousand to 150 thousand rupiahs per kilogram,” added Muin.
Because of the favoritism from the customers, he then produced this chips everyday. At least, he added, the production could reach 100 kilograms per day. He then sold this product in a bulk with original flavor, and also in a 75 grams package with 5 different flavors, including original.
To produce 100 kilograms product a day, Muin added, could be produced from 250 kilograms pangasius skin raw materials. Or around 50 % of raw materials. “This raw material is already clean from fish meat and other body parts. Only skin,” he said. The pangasius skin as a raw material usually had been cleaned by the suppliers and packed in a frozen package.
If raw material coming in a frozen state, he would let it melted naturally for a day. The day after he later clean the pangasius skin before he processed to make skin chips. The cleaning process had a purpose to wipe the fish smell and mucus out of the skin.