In the 1960's and 70's young boys would go out with a rod and line to catch different kinds of river fish. The soon hock or bertutu was not a favoured fish then as Foochow parents would prefer the tapah or the pa ting. The ikan keli and even the Haruan were not so favoured becauswe they are not considered pretty edible fish.
But today the bertutu is highly valued because the Ikan Toman / Haruan has taken the medical world by storm!! Haruan is a valued today for its healing properties.
Here are some pictures of Bertutu - live and cooked.
Fine restaurants are serving up huge plates of bertutu (sometimes more than 100 ringgit per plate - whole). The favourite style of cooking is steamed in fried ginger and onions with soy sauce.
The mouth of the fish is always open when steamed.