Empurau, the most expensive fish

  • Empurau, a kind of freshwater fish found in Sarawak. (Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily)

  • Restaurant owner He Weimin with an Empurau weighted 20kg. (Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily)

IPOH, PERAK: Empurau, "忘不了 (unforgettable)" in Chinese, is known as the most expensive fish in the country as its prices can reach as high as RM1800 per kilogram in Kuala Lumpur. How could the diners ever forget about it?

A restaurant in Ipoh had also sold an empurau weighted 1kg at RM1300 before.

Generally, the prices of the fish in domestic restaurants are between RM500 to RM600 per kg. However, it still depends on the grade and size of the fish.

Restaurant owner He Weimin told Sin Chew Daily that a diner paid RM1300 for an empurau weighted 1kg at his restaurant before.

He said that a customer also told him that he had tasted the fish at a restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. The fish, weighted 1kg, cost him RM1800.

He said that he bought the fish directly from freshwater fish suppliers in Sarawak. Due to the increase in supply, the prices for the fish nowadays were relatively cheaper than before.

"There are wild and semi-wild empurau and there are also big and small empurau. The prices for the fish vary according to the grade and size of the fish.

"Empurau like a kind a of wild fruit that makes their meat tasty," he added. (Translated by SOONG PHUI JEE/ Sin Chew Daily)

MySinchew 2010.03.27