Fish 17: Huangu Fish (黃姑魚)

In Huizhou1 they raise a small fish around two to three inches in length that is sold and delivered dried . Prepare them by adding wine, removing their skin, and placing them on top of a rice pot to steam. This dish, known as “Huangu fish” is very savoury and delicious.

黃姑魚2
徽州出小魚,長二三寸,曬乾寄來。加酒剝皮,放飯鍋上,蒸而食之,味最鮮,號黃姑魚。

Notes:
1Huizhou (徽州) is the old name for the She Prefecture in Anhui province.

2It is unclear whether this is the name of the fish, the name of the dish, or both. In modern usage, Huanggu fish (黃姑魚, lit. “yellow maiden fish”) refers to Nibea albiflora, which is a relative of the Yellow croaker commonly known as the yellow drum. Smaller specimens of this fish are sold in dry form all around Zhejing and Anhui.

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