A family fried a colorful Koi carp for their lunch even though the species are usually kept as pets – and can fetch up to £2,500.
A family from Taiwan opted for the odd choice, sparking a debate across social media.
A picture of the colourful Koi defrosting in a plastic bowl as well as the video of one of the fish sizzling in a wok have been widely shared online, gaining more than 1 million views at the time of writing.
Hsieh who shared the video, said it was sent by a friend whose parents decided to make lunch with “saltwater fish”. But the more he looked at the so-called ocean catch the more he thought they looked like Koi – the colorful variety of the otherwise greyish-looking domesticated common carp.
Koi are not only relatively more costly, they are also generally only used as ornaments in ponds and gardens in East Asian culture, with the species particularly popular in Japanese culture.
While no law prohibits the family from deep-frying their Koi, people said they were “put off” by the sight of the beautiful species being cooked – and some also want to know whether they taste any better than regular carp.
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