One of the 70 million sharks killed this year. How terrible. Are the other fish black trevally (known for their stinging spine that will cause agony – I think).
“Rare fish” is really raw tuna. The very large prawns were US $15 each! Brother and sister ran the show. Almost opposite the Dianji Temple in a famous area known as Keelung Miaokou (page 126 Lonely Planet TAIWAN 8th Edition 2011).
RED FISH. Very small coral trout (or lunar-tail trout) probably from aquaculture.
The name (species) of this fish had me baffled. Look carefully – then it’s suddenly obvious.
We selected the beautiful Coral Cod from fisherman’s wharf at Fugang Harbour. A large-sized ‘A’ grade fish, not common in Australia where it’s cousin, the famed Coral Trout is more plentiful. (Coral Trout are exported live from North Queensland to HK).
In Australia we fry fresh Coral Trout fillets as the common way of preparing them.
No chef in Taiwan will do this for me. All have insisted on steaming the fish – or turning it into a soup.
Our fish was prepared both ways – deliciously steamed with some green vegetables and in a soup with shallots and ginger.
Our chef spoke like an Aussie after living in Sunnybank, Brisbane – the home of many expatriate Taiwanese.
He returned to Taiwan to care for his elderly parents, which is the practice. (The Taiwanese old age pension being not as generous as in Australia).
This was the best Coral Cod I’ve experienced. Cooked to perfection and fresh.
I don’t read many Chinese characters so this menu on the wall was a waste of time for me. I spotted fish and rice at the counter behind glass. The fish cutlets were Spanish Mackerel (OK when the fish is small – avoid large-sized cutlets as this species is a known source of a tastless and non lethal but nasty thing called ciguatera – that few doctors would recognise the symptoms of ).
I had a small part of fish, white rice, cabbage, garlic tofu and a fried chip that was either sweet potato or maybe taro. Good tasting. With a packaged drink of black tea the cost was NT65 – all for about $2 in Australia/USA. Prices in this city are about 15% lower than Taipei – or less.
Australian packaged fish tends to be hidden inside pretty cartons. Usually an inferior quality coated with breadcrumbs.A good idea would be to have transparent packaging as in Taiwan.
One of the big selling ‘fresh’ fishes is Vietnamese catfish from the Mekong Delta, sold in Australia as Pacific Dory or Basa fillets.
Vietnamese prawns are also big sellers in Australia costing half the price of locally caught wild prawns.
Arowana pictured in nocturnal exhibit section, Taipei Zoo
There is a golden colored one of this in the foyer of my hotel. I’m sure it recognizes me when I make a certain movement with my hands.
I made ‘friends’ with the fish by video taping its movements for a few minutes – then playing the images back to the fish.
I’m positive this did something positive. We underestimate the intelligence of many creatures.