What is Ikan Empurau?
Ikan Empurau Is the most expensive tropical freshwater fish in Malaysia. The best Empurau come from Baleh River, as they tend to have the most tender flesh
Beside in Sarawak, you also can find their traces in Indonesia.
It is the freshwater fish that swim the fastest in the river. It is very smart in nature, difficult to capture and have extraordinary milky taste on its flesh. It has an edible scales and a delicate smell with a hint of wild fruit taste in its flesh.
Empurau Sarawak is considered a large fish species. Normally 3kg and above is considered big fish. Ikan Empurau growth is very slow. 1st year, the weight is only 4.5gram. In 2nd year, it can grow to 1-2 kg. 3rd years later each around 3-5kg. A 7 kg Ikan Empurau take around 10 years to reach that size. Generally, Ikan Empurau size bigger than 5kg is the most delicious to eat.
With its brightly colored scales, majestic look and barbells at the tip of its mouth, it is also known as the King of The River. In Indonesia, most people believe that Ikan Empurau fish is not only that they are considered to be a live talisman who can brings luck & fortune. It have often believed that these magnificent fish could keep its owner from danger by sometimes dying itself.
Ikan Empurau is a high ranked and high demand dish that served only for special occasion and VIP people like in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong. It is known as Malaysia Most Expensive Fish. Steamed is the ideal cooking method and fish scales can be fried for edible purpose.
Why It Is So Expensive?
Empurau price at RM550 per kilo. Empurau only can be seen mainly in Sarawak. This freshwater fish is so expensive due to the flesh is sweet, tender and skin cover with brightly colored scales.
Another reason also because this fish eating “Engkabang Fruit” only. It has a delicate smell of wild fruits on its body and flesh.
The best Empurau come from Baleh River, as they tend to have the most tender flesh.
The price of Empurau varies depending on weight.
For fish weighing 2kg and below, the price would be around RM400 per kg.
For Empurau weighing 4kg and above, the market price ranges from RM900 to RM1,000 per kg.
Another factor is which river the fish was caught from – Rajang, Baleh, Katibas or Balui.
The most expensive would be those from Kapit to Pelagus along the Rajang River or Putai, Baleh River.
There are white and red empurau, which can be short or long and this also affects the flesh texture.
For Grade One Super AAA, which fetches the highest prices, the empurau are short with white flesh and weigh between 5kg and 8kg.
Recently Malaysia Empurau has entered into Taiwan restaurant market. 2kg of Empurau can sell to TWD 60,000.00.
Empurau Fish Farming
Why Choose Jiahuo Seafood Trading Empurau?
First, we sort the Empurau and choose the best ones out.
The Empurau’s flesh and skin is cut a bit to be cooked to check the grade of the fish….
After the fish are cleaned properly, all the Empurau were QC piece by piece to separate between the spoil, loko (hard skin) and good quality aromatic smell fish. Only then, the fish are label with sticker as indicator for their grade.
That one is one of the example of “Loko” or Hard Skin fish. The fish normally become loko or hard skin because of getting old. This piece of fish is graded as “B” fish. There are still no picture for grade “C” fish, which is hard skin and hard flesh. Although, the fish is very hard, some of the famous chefs manage to cook it and become a finest dish. One of the way is cook as curry fish. For them it is a good way to gain more profit because price for loko fish is cheaper compared to the normal fine fish.
The “Loko” fish normally is very thick skin. For a expert eater, some time they prefer this loko fish because it’s skin have some thing to be chewed, the thick and sticky skin means high in collagen. The flesh of the loko fish are also very sweet and tastefull simply because it’s a matured fish.! You wouldn’t find this in a normally fine fish.