Annual knife fish season starts in Shanghai
The price for a dish of steamed knife fish, served at a famous restaurant on Fuzhou Road reportedly soared three times it value of previous years.
March is the annual season for serving knife fish on table. Shanghainese consider knife fish served before Tomb-Sweeping Festival more tender and delicious than after the festival.
Laobanzhai Restaurant, which was opened in 1905, sells 1,000 bowls of noodles with knife fish soup every day. Customers must line up for over an hour just to get a seat. A bowl of 100 gram noodles now costs 30 yuan ($4.35).
However, during this year’s National People’s Congress, the Minister of Agriculture said the government will start prohibiting fishing in key areas of the Yangtze River and, later, the entire river, which may eventually lead to no more wild knife fish being served.