An­nual knife fish sea­son starts in Shang­hai

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - PULSE -

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.

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