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.