Fishermen returning with boatful of kembung

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  • Tuesday, 18 Feb 2020

JERLUN: The overwhelming supply of high-in-demand ikan kembung or the Indian mackerel landed by local fishermen in what seems to be the peak season of the fish has brought the Kuala Jerlun jetty to life.

Fisherman Zainuddin Ismail said months of supply shortage had caused the price of the fish to go up to RM20 per kg, making buyers unhappy.

“We couldn’t help but raise the price. Of course, the buyers were not happy, we were also not happy because we could hardly manage to catch a small barrel of the fish.

“However, there is an overwhelming supply of the fish of late. Now, any fisherman can take his boat out to sea for a few hours and come back with two tonnes of Indian mackerel, ” he told Bernama at the jetty here.

He said the price of the fish had also seen a significant drop from RM12, RM16 and RM18 per kg previously, according to size.

Meanwhile, a buyer who wanted to be known only as Aini, 40, when met at the jetty, said she truly enjoyed the peak season of the mackerel as she could begin to stock up the fish which she would use to make laksa gravy for a feast she was planning next month.

“There is an overwhelming supply of the fish and it is also cheap now. So I bought a lot to be cleaned, pre-cooked and kept in a freezer for later use, ” she said.

Haris Ahmad, 39, on the other hand, said that during the peak season, the fish had a moist, rich and meaty texture and was most suitable for curry, the Kedahans’ favourite dish.

“It has a sweet, almost creamy taste even when deep-fried and seasoned only with salt and turmeric powder. But off-season, even the taste is different, ” he added.

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