February 18, 2018

Sarawakian Local Delights : Ikan Lajong

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2.5 kg. by Cikgu Linggie John, Bawang Assan

The ikan lajong (Bintulu Ibans call it supak) is not easily caught by net or by hook these days. This fish was plentiful in the olden days at the confluence of the Rajang and Igan rivers. Apparently they swam from the upper reaches of the Rajang, from the Kanowit river too, to Sibu. The river banks around Sibu and Igan had nets which caught them as the tide went down. The Foochows used to erect fish nets at the mouth of their made made ditches. When the tides went down, children would be so happy to go and catch the trapped fish in the muddy bed of the ditches. This was how my late father and many of his friends caught Lajong and even tapah.

This is a photo from my former Methodist School, Sibu student, Linggie John, who is an avid fisherman from Bawang Assan Longhouse. He is a dedicated school teacher.

The Lajong is a member of the catfish family and is a white fleshed fish. It is also good for making of fish balls (in Thailand). But as a steamed fish, Foochow style, or boiled with assam, it is a good fish as it has no fishy smell at all. In the past this fish fetched only a few dollars but today it will cost you quite a bundle since its fine flesh is very highly valued by all races in Sarawak. 

Its scientific name is Phalacronotus apogon. It can grow into a huge size of 130 m. and could weigh up to 4 or 5 kg.

It is found in the Mekong, Chao Phraya, West Malaysian rivers, Sarawak, Sumatra and Kalimantan (where it is often reared in cages and then smoked or dried and sold as Ikan Salai). Dried fish from Kalimantan is found in the tamu of Sarawak.


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Anonymous said...

Is it true that Napoleon once said “When China sneezes the world will shake”?

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Grant Leed
Grant Leed
Answered Dec 17
Not quiet.

When Napoleon was first appointed Emperor he looked at a map of the world and, pointing at China, said “Ici repose un géant endormi, laissez le dormir, car quand il s'éveillera, il étonnera le monde.” This phrase translates to “China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move the world.”

Later on in life when Napoleon was exiled to St Helena he said “Quand la chine s'éveillera, le monde tremblera.” This translates to “When China wakes up, the world will shake.”

He said this to an English diplomate visiting the island while he was in exile upon learning of the Opium War. He was warning the English to not go to far into the war as he predicted that China would one day become one of the most powerful countries on earth. It turns out that he was right.

So no, he never said “When China sneezes the world will shake,” but he said some things pretty close to that.

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Cornelius Goh
Cornelius Goh, Chinese historian
Answered Dec 17
Not sneeze, should be : “When China wakes up, the World will shake”

“Quand la Chine se réveillera,

la terre tremblera.”

Napoleon said this to an English official who visited him in St. Helena island where the British imprisoned him till death. He knew the Opium trade the British was doing evil in China, so he warned the arrogant British not to go too far - as one day the sleeping China will wake up, the world will be shaken.

His prediction was right. China today is a world super power after the USA.

Anonymous said...

What kind fo superpower will China be?

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