August 27, 2017

Sarawakian Local Delights : Ikan Semah

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According to a report, Ikan Semah is also known as ikan Sapan and is a fresh water fish commonly found in Indo-Australia region and the Indian Sub Continent.

In Java it is known as ikan tambra, in Kalimantan it is known as sapan. In India it is known as mahseer.

In Sibu , the ikan semah is only ordered by rich customers who can afford the prices of 100 to 300 per kg. Ikan semah is slightly cheaper than ikan empurau. The price must have escalated in the last few years.

The semah is often steamed or baked by the Chinese chefs.

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Photo by Inggol Ranggon of Semah in Murum.

In the longhouse, when the semah is caught in the river, it is usually roasted over an open fire, sometimes wrapped with banana leaves. It is a fish with lots of omega3 oil. And is extremely sweet and tasty fish.

Semah which weighs more than 2 kg cost more. Baby semah are small and cost little. What a difference size makes!!








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