The spawning Rabbits arrive late this yearThursday, February 23, 2012
The Rabbits are here
Once a year, some in the Chinese community here will be craving for Rabbit fish.
Some call it the "Chinese New Year Fish" or "Pai-Lin Yue."
For a few days in a year - and only for a few days - the ones caught and sold in local markets are full of creamy roe and wilt, with little of the usual fishy taste inside the stomach. This is the period when they get ready to spawn. I suppose its' rich tummy is a sign of prosperity. For most, it is just tradition and taste.
It is a special Chinese New Year delicacy. During that period, they come with a premium price, fetching up to $100 per kilo. Crazy.
This year, they missed the boat and arrived way too late, being perhaps the leap year.
You can get it cheap and full of roe for S$15-18 per kilo.
Don't overcook it so that the roe is not hard but creamy.
Pick up the flesh and a bit of the roe. Dip it into the soy sauce and enjoy. Also great eaten with porridge or rice.
It will not "wow" you the way Shanghai hairy crab will (though some do equate the experience), but it is very enjoyable and different.
May not be the best fish or roe in town, but hey, they come this way all ladened with goodies only for a short period yearly. And this year, you will enjoy it even more when you know you did not pay top dollar for it.
|Pick up roe and flesh, dip and enjoy.|
It may have arrived too late. If you crave for this, I hope you won't.
And wishing you a