It was on a night out for dinner with friends that I discovered this so-called Chicken Fish, which some foreigners said is a Malaysian treat. Really? Or did some smart a#@$ Malaysian coin the name because I believe there’s no such fish.
|These aren't chicken but they sure do taste like one.|
So my friend dragged me to the stall and I started inspecting the fish they called a chicken. Just like any other fish, this one also comes in varying sizes. It looks like White Pomfret, only longer and smaller in width. And it doesn’t have as much meat as the pomfret.
I forgot how much the fish cost but it isn’t any more expensive than a medium sized Black Pomfret. In-fact if I remember well it does cost cheaper than the Black Pomfret.
The guy managing the fish stall seemed fascinated with my fascination over the fish. I can almost hear him thinking aloud under his put-on smile: Stupid perempuan, Chicken Fish pun tak tahu (Stupid woman, doesn’t even know what’s Chicken Fish).
|The grilled Chicken Fish served with sauce didn't get me wanting more.|
We tackled the fish as soon as it got to the table and it was wiped clean off the plate in just a few minutes. And I got the answer as to why it’s called a Chicken Fish. The fish tastes like chicken. But why eat fish that tastes like chicken!!!??? It’s like a vegetarian not wanting to eat meat but enjoy vegetarian meat dishes. I don’t get it.
So my conclusion is if I were to eat fish than the fish will have to taste like fish and not any other kinds of meat. So Chicken Fish is out for me. But please, if anyone knows what is the real name of Chicken Fish or from which fish family it is, do leave me a note. I’ve researched online and I can’t find an answer.