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.