Slice the onion along its fiber. Cut the carrots into 5 cm strips. If you add paprika, cut them half, and slice them.
Put all the ☆ ingredients into a pot. Once it starts to boil, remove the veggies and move them to a container.
Cut the red chili pepper in half and remove the seeds so it's not too spicy.
Grill the smelts until they have browned, and put them to the vinegar sauce while they are really hot.
When the smelts get cooled a bit, transfer to the fridge to let them cool for about 2 hours.
If you want to eat them as a hot meal, marinate them with the vegetables for about 30 minutes, then it should taste good.
Story Behind this Recipe
My dad made this dish when I was a kid; it was our favorite dish! Eat it starting from the head!
The smelts are well-marinated in piping hot sauce. You can keep this dish for 2 or 3 days, so make a lot. Eat some and leave the others for one night, and enjoy the different tastes.