Striped melon fish: The fish that lives up to 50 years carries the flavor of the Central Highlands

Amidst the clouds, the sky, and the vast water, nature has bestowed many species of fish on the Sesan, which the melon striped fish has a particularly delicious taste.

When it comes to the delicious taste of fish, who doesn’t love to bite the root of a piece of sweet, fragrant fish raised from a cool source? To do that, let’s go back to the Central Highlands, where the strong Sesan current flows day and night, embracing the striped fish with more delicious meat every day.

In the floating fish season, following the Sesan stream, people go down to Sesan 3 lake, it is not difficult to see great fish buying spots right around the lake. The melon striped fish weighs from 5 to 10 kg mainly, some weighing up to 20 kg. Even many children up to 40 -50kg.

Living wandering around, the more you find, the rarer you are

Striped melon fish has a carp-like appearance, a yellow mouth, large and thick scales lined up in a straight line. It is noteworthy that the two sides of the fish have five or seven stripes of black scales to identify. It is difficult to find the striped fish in the rainy season when diving in deep water. When the rainy season comes, the Sesan flows fast, cloudy and red, striped fish are quite scarce because they are looking for food.

If you want to see them more in Sesan, you have to come in the dry season, from near Tet to about February. This is the breeding season, so they look for deep water holes in still water. So, even if you have money, it is not certain that you can appreciate the meat of the fish when it is out of season.

The melon striped fish is also not so expensive that diners can’t touch it, about 700,000 VND/kg. But if you have the opportunity to enjoy the long-lived melons in the lake bed, fostering the sweet meat with moss over many decades, it is worth it no matter how expensive it is.

Striped melon fish: The fish that lives up to 50 years carries the flavor of the Central Highlands - Photo 1.

The flesh of the fish is chewy and fatty, between the layers of fish meat has a marbled fat like a premium Kobe beef. But melon stripes are melon stripes, bearing the soul of the great thousand, not to be confused with other flavors.

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How to eat fish with melon stripes for delicious juicy meat?

Striped melon fish is one of the rare specialties that diners can feel the harmonious taste. Because the fish is crispy, it is very difficult to chew, but the fish with melon stripes is so special. So no need to be fussy, steamed fish with melon gills, dipping in hot pot is great. The pieces of fish are sliced, fresh, dipped in a sour hot pot, the meat is delicious, the water is sweet and bold with the taste of giant fish.

Fish stripe melon does not live long when leaving the water, so choosing to dip the hot pot with fresh fish will bring out the most delicious taste. The melon striped fish can weigh up to 70kg and be nearly 2m long because they can hide in the heart of Sesan for 50 years.

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Striped melon fish: The fish that lives up to 50 years carries the flavor of the Central Highlands - Photo 4.

Over the decades, eating seaweed and growing, drinking water from a great source of water, but growing, so melon striped fish is increasingly rare and sought after by gourmets to “enlighten” their taste.

Diners come to the restaurant to enjoy mainly grilled melon striped fish wrapped in banana leaves or sour hot pot with striped melon fish. Coming to the Sesan area, each restaurant has its own secret of processing with beautiful names. But the inherently excellent meat and fish, dipped in a hot, fragrant hot pot is already very mouth-watering.

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Grilled melon striped fish dish

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Preliminarily cleaned, sliced, put on a plate, can be marinated with a little chili sauce and minced ginger. Then dip into the sour hot pot, the fish is medium-cooked, crispy, chewy, very attractive.

If you have the opportunity, please enjoy the melon striped fish meat once!

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