Catch of the day: Workers scaling the huge grouper to be served at the restaurant in Alor Setar.
ALOR SETAR: This isn’t a fishy tale at all. Countless people flocked to a seafood restaurant here to take selfies with a 152kg grouper, which had become a “star attraction” after it was purchased from a fish wholesaler at a price tag of RM9,120.
The 2.1m fish was so heavy that it took four people to hang it up for viewing at the Hai Jing Seafood Restaurant in Jalan Mahdali here.
Commonly known as loong tan or kerapu harimau, fish wholesaler Ng Kong Yoong, 37, said this was the biggest catch he came across since he started business three years ago in Kuala Kedah.
“My fishermen caught it on Thursday morning off the Kuala Kedah coast. We are lucky as we’ve never caught such a huge fish before. Usually all our fishes are smaller than 100kg,” he said when met at the restaurant yesterday.
Ng later sold it to the restaurant for RM9,120.
“I declined the higher offers from other restaurants. This restaurant owner is my friend and I’ll be tasting the fish later.”
Orders were already pouring in to have a bite at the catch.