Tua Peh Kong Fish


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Hi, I heard from my friends that fish with 5 finger prints on them are known as Tua Peh Kong fish, and it is not advisable to eat them as they are related to the deities. May I know is this true, and what is the english name for such a fish? Trying to find some pictures of it.

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Fish has five marks, that is true.
Related to God or not I don't know.

However it doesn't taste very good for typical Chinese cooking styles of stir fry or steam as flesh tend to be dry and can be tasteless.

Taste gets worse the larger the fish.

Hence advisable to catch and release if you get one... At least that is what I see in most catch reports from local fishing guys, they normally value it for the fight. But release it to fight another day.
 

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Fish is edible, but you need to bleed it to ensure good meat quality.

Also note that the larger ones which lives in reefs should be avoided due to possible ciguatera fish poisoning. ;)
 

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This fish reminds me of an old neighbor. We always heard his wife scream the three words DBG whenever he was stuck to the couch all day reading newspapers and watching TV.
 

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Fish has five marks, that is true.
Related to God or not I don't know.

However it doesn't taste very good for typical Chinese cooking styles of stir fry or steam as flesh tend to be dry and can be tasteless.

Taste gets worse the larger the fish.

Hence advisable to catch and release if you get one... At least that is what I see in most catch reports from local fishing guys, they normally value it for the fight. But release it to fight another day.
Do you mean that it is very tough to catch the fish?
 

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I heard it puts up quite a fight. Can go to www.fishingkaki.com

There are alot of reports there on how fishing fellows tackle the fish.
 

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Thanks for all the reply! Anyway, does anyone knows why is it call Tua Peh Kong fish?
According to legend, the diety "Tua Peh Kong" handled the fish to release it and had left his finger prints on the side of the fish body.

There is another fish with a similar story, John Dory where there is a fingerspot on the rear of the fish too.

Do you mean that it is very tough to catch the fish?
It's a mid water fish (pelagic too) and thus can only be caught when specifically targetted for.


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I heard it puts up quite a fight. Can go to www.fishingkaki.com

There are alot of reports there on how fishing fellows tackle the fish.
Ah... Queenie! Great fighting fish! Normally, we would catch and release them, not because of the legend, but rather, the meat is not really nice (as least for us, Aussies use them as fish and chips, of course, some of the anglers would make assam pedas with it.)
 

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Ah... Queenie! Great fighting fish! Normally, we would catch and release them, not because of the legend, but rather, the meat is not really nice (as least for us, Aussies use them as fish and chips, of course, some of the anglers would make assam pedas with it.)
I just read and found out that queenfish is a type of croaker, and my brother told me that croaker taste nice.
 

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