If you’re looking to try local dishes like Penang Hokkien mee, curry mee or oyster omelet, there are a lot of places that serve these! But you are right, even for frozen fish you do also need to check the freshness. Sweet & Sour Fish Recipe; Fried Fish with Soya Sauce and Shallots; Photo Credit to Chinese Cooking Recipe.net (҂⌣̀_⌣́)ᕤ English Name: Spanish Mackerel/Seer Fish Malay Name: Ikan Tenggiri Batang. Serve as part of a shared meal. For eg, curry fish, fishes that don’t have many tiny bones? Red grouper is often a dish served especially during festive seasons such as Chinese Lunar New Year, Longevity Birthdays 大寿 celebrations and Weddings. Therefore it is less popular that saltwater fish. I am trying to do the best I can to introduce different types of seafood n different types of sauces commonly found in Asian kitchen. Popiah is often eaten in the Fujian province of China (usually in Xiamen) and its neighbouring Chaoshan (and by the Teochew and Hoklo diaspora in various regions throughout Southeast … For some reason it is called Ang Zho even through its actually golden, not red, hence the source of confusion! You’re most welcome Sew Yen! 2. We hope this simple guide can allow more people (especially those who seldom go to the wet market) to better appreciate local fishes and understand their role in our local cuisine. Our local fish is not commercially harvested due the pollution level of the lake! Claim to fame: Most common fish used in fishhead curry. The other common ones are  Pomfret, Grouper and Soon Hock (Marble Goby). Common Name: Concertina Fish Scientific Name: Drepane longimana (Bloch & Schneider, 1801) Mandarin Name: 白曹喜 (Bái cáo xǐ) Local Malay Name: Ikan Daun Baharu, Bebaru, Baharu-baharu, Daun-baru Belang Local Hokkien: Cao Xi The bone, when boiled with green unripened papaya as a soup, is a milk booster especially for mothers who have a low supply of breast milk. You can easily identify Yellowtail Fusilier by its unique combination of yellow (tail), blue (middle section) and an obviously pink (belly) hues. Don’t confuse it with its larger cousin – Ikan Selar (One-Finlet Scad,  Yellowtail Scad, 色拉鱼 (Chinese), Sek Lah (Cantonese and Hokkien)(see photo below). Note: Although I refer to these as “Taiwanese” names, I give the Mandarin forms (since Hanyu Pinyin is a system for writing Mandarin), not names in Hoklo/Hokkien (the language often referred to … GREEN PAPAYA THREADFIN SOUP FOR CONFINEMENT (RECIPE COMING SOON! Texture The meat is tender and texture is smooth. Ikan Kuning is around half the size smaller or more than the Ikan Selar; The tail of Ikan Kuning is grey while that of Ikan Selar is yellow; Ikan Selar has a easily identifiable long dark strip of hard scales extending from the tail to 1/3 of body but Ikan Kuning does not. Would anyone care to list the Hokkien names for: Peacock Bass, Green Chromide, Mayan Cichlid, Jaguar Guapote, Eartheater, Freshwater Dorado? It is a good fish to use if you want to deep fry fish slices because it does not flake easily. GET RECIPE FOR TEOCHEW-STYLE STEAMED POMFRET HERE, GET RECIPE FOR ULTRA CRISPY BLACK POMFRET HERE, Also known as: Snakehead fish, 生鱼 Sheng Yu (Mandarin), Sang Yu (Cantonese), Ikan Toman (Malay). Read more! It is better to have it steamed so you can really taste the freshness and the sweetness of the fish and you can feel the bouncy texture of the meat that flakes nicely. Now it’s your turn. The place where Hokkien is most prevalent is the humble kopitiam, where the elderly chatter fluently in the dialect. So you just need to pick the piece that you want. Singapore has also started fishfarming with garoupa and seabass with saltwater to grow our fish supplies. Chinese Name: 午鱼 Hokkien Name: Ngoh Hee Teochews: Ngou Herh. If your Hokkien is limited to the expletives, then here are some simple words and phrases that you can use daily. Being born a Hokkien would probably make you assume that I am very proficient in Hokkien. She loves writing about her cooking learning journey as she photographs, films and documents the craft of making delicious and authentic local dishes. Some names only have 2 elements - surname, first name. IKAN SELAR (TOP) vs. IKAN KUNING (BOTTOM). Our mission is simple: to make authentic Chinese cooking accessible to all, anytime, anywhere. Forums dedicated to Chinese languages and dialects, Post by ezhiskaz » Sat Nov 12, 2011 2:11 am, Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Limited. Mandarin N Rice vermicelli with chilli, herbs, spices and vegetables. Claim to fame: One of the most common whole steamed fish served in Chinese restaurants with ginger, spring onions and soya sauce. I noticed that all the listed fish above except Toman (Snakehead) are saltwater fish and I got curious. I can't help regarding your outstanding questions as I don't have the answers. Indeed a must-have guide to know more about the common local fish that we eat! Black Pomfret (黑鲳 Hēi Chāng, Orh Cheor) – see photo below. The name ‘Kuning’ means yellow, and is commonly used in the market and well understood by all fishmongers. This fish is called Ang Cho Ki (ACK) in Hokkien, and also referred to as One Dot Com in our technologically hyped country, owning to the prominent black dot near the tail. When buying Batang, make sure that the flesh is slightly pinkish, not whitish in colour. Well known for its wound healing properties and highly sought after especially for women who have just undergone ‘C’ section or anyone who has recently undergone surgery. NOTE: tilde over vowels = nasal vowel (represented by superscript n in Peh-oe-ji) Surnames. In this page, you will learn many things about food, including how to describe them and where you can eat them! Also known as: 黄尾鱼 Huang Wei Yu or 豆腐鱼 Dou Fu Yu (Mandarin), Tau Fu Yu (Cantonese), Tau Hoo Her (Hokkien), Ikan Delah (Malay). 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GET RECIPE FOR SLICED FISH MEE SUA (LONGEVITY NOODLES), Also known as: 红鸡 Hóng jī (Mandarin), Ang Kuey (Hokkien), Ikan Merah (Malay). … by SimL » Mon Mar 05, 2007 4:13 pm, Post Suprisingly, the Hokkien street names have little relation to the colonial names, but is related to the historical background of the exact location instead. Easy identifiable by its golden-coloured opaque eye that looks like a cataract, hence the Chinese name 金目鲈 Jin Mu Lu ‘Golden-Eyed’ Bass. Also, possible to add suggestions.like which kind of fish is good for certain dishes? Here’s our comprehensive list of 100 boy fish names and 100 girl fish names! These are allmonosyllabic andrepresented by one hanzi character each. Thks so much for the wonderful guide, found it super useful and informative ???????????????????????? We believe in teaching you the secret sauce behind each recipe. I enjoyed reading your post. Also the meat will usually taste ‘chah chah’ (translated as ‘wood’ in Hokkien) which means it’s hard and dehydrated. You still need to check if is really fresh by observing the tell tale signs. W get fairly good frozen fish. Because these local fish all feature extensively in our Singaporean and Malaysian cuisine, and more likely than not, you will be consuming some of this delicious local fishes at some point or another in the next two weeks! Amazon, the Amazon logo, AmazonSupply, and the AmazonSupply logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Using charcoal as fuel as well, their hokkien mee is stir fried to dark, golden brown. Hokkien doesn't use the Roman alphabet, so English speakers just kind of guessed at how to spell it. Again, I really enjoy reading your postings about fish. Ketchup. by niuc » Sun Mar 11, 2007 2:41 pm, Post This soup helps to stimulate production of breast milk. Without further ado, here is a comprehensive list of fish names for every swimmer in your tank. Penang Hokkien is quite different from the Hokkien spoken in the rest of Malaysia, Singapore and China in that it is sing-song in nature and contains quite a number of Malay words. I bump into your website when I was searching for Chinese name and photo for all the fish that my family and I used to eat as my kids does not recognize the fish that they ate. Thank you for your question and sorry this reply came so later. Claim to fame: Commonly used in Fried Fish Slice Bee Hoon Soup (炸鱼片米粉汤), another local hawker delight. Last updated on August 30, 2019 By Melissa | The Undercover Chef 12 Comments. by ong » Mon Mar 12, 2007 1:03 am, Post Thank you very much for showing us how to choose fish and the recipe. Perfecting the Technique for Preparing Chinese Restaurant Steamed Whole Fish, Begedil / Perkedel (Fried Potato Patty with Fish). Picking a name for your pet fish can be a lot of fun but it can also be really tricky (especially if you have a tank full of similar looking fish)! Ikan Kuning is also known as ‘the poor man’s fish’, I guess because of its affordability especially for large families. After several requests from our readers, we have finally got round to creating our very own ‘Every Foodie’s MUST-HAVE Guide to 10 Common Local Fishes’! Hi Jean, thank you for your kind comment! It is a fantastic pairing with other flavourful ingredients through a myriad of cooking methods. Recently it's busier at work, so I'll comment more next time. I always see mistakes that I've made after I've posted! Famous Penang food like laksa, kuay teow and cendol, have long put Penang on the world map. In fact, some of the best food in Penang is actually, Penang street food. So it’s a norm… Read more ». What do you think? There are hundreds of different groupers. Do not confuse Crimson Snapper with Emperor Red Snapper (see item 4). Btw, papaya soup is best cooked with thread fin especially for lactating women who has just given birth. Clean and rinse the fish head. Our salmon and cod is imported frozen and then thawed for sale, but usually you can still tell from the colour and texture of the thawed fish, whether or not it is fresh . A fan favourite for all families and is highly sought after in wet markets. It is said that it most closely resembles that spoken in the district of Haicang (海滄) in Longhai (龍海; Hokkien: Liông-hái) county and in the districts of Jiaomei (角美) and Xinglin (杏林) in neighbouring Xiamen prefecture. I find it helpful to learn the different names of the fishes. Some folks swear that if you add some dried “crooked mouth fish” flakes into the dish, you will get the authentic hokkien mee flavor. Possible to add most of the fish sold in supermarket? It is rather tasteless, and the meat is soft and powdery ("hu7-hu1") but can be cooked with soy sauce, red-chillie, sugar and salt, much like ikan terubuk. Is it because Singapore is an island country which lead to restricted access to freshwater fish? Frankly, I don’t exactly know what’s the fish’s name is in English, I just asked for the crooked mouth fish in … Blooooop! Singapore is home to many dialect groups, but the most common one is probably Hokkien. Claim to fame: Batang is the typical fish steak used for pan-frying, and for making sliced fish soup and sliced fish porridge. @Allen, I think you are right about why 9 out of 10 fishes listed here are seawater because SG is an island country and so are the neighboring countries where seawater fishes are easily accessible. In addition, Tua Ban has a longer tail, shorter head and a more rounded body than Batang. You can identify it by its pinkish body and red eyes. Chinese Name: 非洲鱼 (Fēizhōu yú), 尼罗罗非鱼 (Níluó luófēiyú) Local Malay Name: Ikan Tilapia, Mudjair Local Hokkien: Hui Chiu Common Name: Freshwater Angelfish Scientific Name: Pterophyllum scalare (Schultze, 1823) Chinese Name: 大神仙鱼 (Dà shénxiān yú), 艾氏神仙鱼 (Ài shì shénxiān yú) Common Name: Red Discus Hokkien is a form of Min Chinese (specifically Southern Min) spoken mainly in Taiwan and Fujian province on the southeast coast of China. Hope this answers your question! Hokkien noodles are round egg noodles that are usually of medium thickness. From Braised Laksa Hokkien Mee to Angus Meatball Spaghetti, take your pick from our array of bento options and bundles, and enjoy them in the comfort . EMPEROR RED SNAPPER (ANG SAI) – WHOLE FISH, Also known as: Barramundi or Giant Sea Perch (English), 金目鲈 Jin Mu Lu (Chinese), Kim Bak Lor (Hokkien), Ikan Siakap (Malay). by SimL » Mon Mar 05, 2007 4:04 pm, Post As Penang is a place famous for its unique hokkien language, many of the streets have Hokkien names to it. She has been known to sometimes (READ: often) use The Burning Kitchen as an excuse to get Bee Leng to cook dishes she is craving! Although I cant find the one I was looking for… appreciate what you have done. I am not a fish expert, I am just a regular next door guy but been fortunate to live in 4 countries for total 18 yrs where only fresh water fishes are majority and also live in Singapore for nearly 20 yrs where sea water fishes are majority. You’ve got your Nemos and your Dorys but we’ve got 198 other names to give you some fishy inspiration! Ketchup. BATANG. On this page, is listed the names of the streets in Penang in Penang Hokkien, using Taiji Romanisation. Claim to fame: Most expensive whole steamed fish served at restaurants. We’ll be most interested to hear your views. Here we focus Red Grouper, one of the most popular fish within the Grouper family among the Chinese, because of its auspicious red colour. Indian Threadfin is typically sold as a cutlet (steak) or fillet. It had also been hard to find out the English name of a fish when we were only given its Hokkien name by our parents. So theory goes the word started in Hokkien, and from there, the sauce and the word traveled. So there you have it, the 10 most common local fish that every self-proclaimed and self-respecting foodie must know! Another tip is to use fish sauce. I am still in the process of doing others as well. The fresh fish is good. Also, we left out Parang Fish, which used to be very popular for Yu Sheng and Raw Fish Porridge, but has now diminished drastically in popularity since the GBS infection outbreak scares in recent years. Also known as: Yellowstripe Scad or Yellow-Banded Scad (English), 君令Jun Ling (Chinese). It took a while to take the photographs and put everything together, but here is it, our list of the top 10 most common local fishes that every self-proclaimed and self-respecting foodie must know. My Paper: http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/silver-pomfret-costs-fortune-over-cny 3. Apart from curry, you can also use this fish for Fish Head Steamboat (鱼头炉 Yu Tou Lu). by Heruler » Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:55 pm, Post by SimL » Thu Mar 22, 2007 7:31 am, Post Filed Under: Ingredient Guides, Popular Tagged With: Fish. Here are some slightly better pics of the climbing perch / ikan puyu. Or is it freshwater fish are much expensive than saltwater fish? By the end of this guide, you will know which local fishes goes into your Nasi Lemak, Fishhead Curry and Fishball Noodles! It’s obvious that they’ve mastered the trade too as we heard the queues can go up to over an hour long! You will need to marinate it with salt to bring out the flavour. As it is categorized as white fish and not oily, the meat is considered to be white, mild and slightly moist. Sources: 1. Browse the menu, view popular items and track your order. Note: The list is not in any order of importance. Freshwater fish is not as tasty and sweet as saltwater fish, and sometimes has a muddy taste. For the rankings of individual names in given years, see my PDF of the most common given names in Taiwan. S$28.00. Fish sauce. In fact, Aik Yuen is known to serve one of the best hokkien mee in KL. Many are no stranger to this coffee shop. Hokkien (/ ˈ h ɒ k i ɛ n /; Chinese: 福建話; pinyin: Fújiànhuà, Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Hok-kiàn-ōe, [hoʔ˦kiɛn˨˩ue˧]) or Minnan (閩南語/闽南语), known as Quanzhang or Tsuan-Tsiang (泉漳) in linguistics, is a Southern Min language originating from the Minnan region in the south-eastern part of Fujian Province in Southeastern China and spoken widely there. Popiah (Pe̍h-ōe-jī: po̍h-piáⁿ) is a Fujianese/Teochew-style fresh spring roll. Also known as: 红斑 Hong Ban (Mandarin), Ang Kao (Hokkien), Hong Sek Ban (Cantonese). “Ikan” means fish in Malay, whereas “Muruku” is a borrowing from the Tamil language – “ முறுக்கு ” (Murukku) – a word that means “twisted” and which has been adopted as a word for the snack all over India and in Tamil diaspora countries. Thank you. You can easily identify by its red body with distinctive bluish gray spots on its body (these spots are a distinguishing characteristic of the Grouper family in general) and tail which is concave and curved in shape, rather than a pointed ‘V’ shape. JOHANNA MAYER: Sound familiar? Do you agree with us that these are THE 10 most common local fish? Also the blood clots around the bone should be fresh red in colour (see photo of Batang cross-section below). Claim to fame: The “go-to fish” for weaning babies and lactating mothers. Located just behind the famous Tawakal Hospital, thus the name “Tawakal Hokkien Mee” given by locals. Hi Diana, thank you for liking our blog. by SimL » Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:44 pm, Post And finally, we will also tell you the general cooking method for each fish. Choose Pomfret  with a shimmery body, bright looking eyes and that is firm to touch especially the belly part. To make this easy and fun to read, there won’t be any technical jargon, scientific names and that sort of thing which you can easily find elsewhere and others have already done a very good job with it. It is used to make hu7-kuann1 or kiam7-hu5. Also, the Chinese/Hokkien fishios in Singapore have been quite creative in coming up with vernacular names for the newer introduced species. We will also tell you the key things to look out for, so you can easily identify each fish when you see it. Or catsup. Toman fish generally has not much taste on its own. 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