A few days ago, Wuhan had a few heavy rains, after the rain, the air is fresh, outdoor is also cool, go out walking, I like to walk walking brain relaxed kind of feeling, the heart can be quiet at once, unconsciously think of things, can let themselves immersed in it, find the joy of running only.
The vibration of my cell phone in my pants pocket pulled me out of my self-absorbed happiness, it turned out to be my daughter-in-law calling, her classmates in Jinan came to Wuhan, my daughter-in-law has given them the address, let me quickly go to the market to buy food, so as to prepare some home-cooked food for her classmates.
When buying groceries, I thought my daughter-in-law's classmates are from Shandong, naturally they like to eat carp, but Wuhan is certainly not to buy carp, so I bought a Wuchang fish, ready to steam, bought some ribs and winter melon and amaranth, ready to simmer a pot of ribs and winter melon soup, and then bought some crayfish, marinated beef, marinated tripe and a large watermelon.
Originally I thought that their classmates came to play at home, at least a group, there know only one, and a very soft girl, it seems that I prepared the dishes, buy more.
After eating watermelon, my daughter-in-law accompanied her classmates gossip about family life, I went to the kitchen to cook, pork ribs winter melon soup using a pressure cooker, 20 minutes on the table, crawfish cleaning trouble, so, when I bought, I intend to do braised shrimp balls, the cleaning process is slightly easier.
While the Wuchang fish was steaming in the pot, I made the shrimp balls, mixed a cold sauce, marinated beef marinated tripe was ready to be served, and finally stir-fried a plate of red amaranth, which was ready to be served for dinner in less than 40 minutes.
I don't know if I'm not a good cook, or not in the right place, my daughter-in-law's classmates didn't like the home-cooked dishes I cooked, originally thought she would like to eat sweet and sour carp, in fact, she didn't eat much in Jinan, but, I simmered pork ribs and winter melon soup and marinated beef and marinated tripe, but a little like.
After eating, my daughter-in-law and her classmates catch up and talk about almost everything, so I asked her classmates about the taste of sweet and sour carp in Jinan, Shandong Province?
My daughter-in-law's classmate said: In fact, they do not eat carp every day in Jinan, but this time to Wuhan, ate your steamed Wuchang fish, but I think the flesh of the Wuchang fish than carp, carp flesh is slightly looser, it also seems to be heavier than the fishy smell of Wuchang fish.
I eat a foodie, talk about food, can not put away.
However, it was stopped by my daughter-in-law's classmate's question, why don't you Hubei people like to eat carp?
Both are carp, why the northerners love to eat, but few people in the south eat it? With questions, after sending off my daughter-in-law's classmates, I went through a lot of books, looking for a lot of information, combined with their own experience of living in Hubei, that I also come to give you my opinion, share the following?
You can leave us your comments in the comments section, tell us what you think, do you like carp? Do you eat it often? Is it sweet and sour or braised?
I. A brief introduction to carp?
The carp is a freshwater pelagic fish, omnivorous and highly adaptable to its environment. It is recorded in ancient texts that the carp is a prized food, native to China and the first fish to be farmed in the world, and its growth varies with the warm climate, growing faster in the south and slower in the north.
Carp is a very important economic fish in the fishery of the Yellow River Basin. From the point of view of consumption, carp is delicious and nutritious, and it is a popular dish in inland fish festivals, and "sweet and sour carp" is the most famous representative dish of Lu cuisine.
Second, what freshwater fish are available in the south?
The South is rich in freshwater resources, in daily life we also like to eat fish, and there are more types of freshwater fish, a simple introduction to the South in daily life to eat more freshwater fish?
1. Wuchang fish, also called dory, is an omnivorous fish, which can be found in Hunan and Hubei, and is more commonly consumed in Hubei, where the most well-known dish is steamed wuchang fish.
2, black fish, Hubei people also called Cai fish, carnivorous fish species, in Hubei people's table, the most common practice of black fish: fish bones and fish head boiled fish soup, fish cut into fish fillets shabu-shabu.
The most common way to make carp is braised carp and carp tofu soup.
4, grass carp, large, Hubei people eat more, braised fish pieces used is grass carp, fried fish pieces used is also grass carp, during the Spring Festival when fried meatballs will also be added to remove the spines of grass carp fish.
5, mackerel, as if in my memory, mackerel in daily life to eat very little, the most common practice of mackerel is used to pickle salted fish in the waxing months.
6, bighead carp, Hubei people called fat head fish, Hubei people love to eat, because the head of this fish is relatively large, Hubei people eat bighead carp the most common practice is to eat only the head, go to the vegetable market to buy fish, fish stalls will also be a separate fish head chopped off and sold to consumers, the most common practice is the fish head radish soup.
7, warty mouth, often seen in the food market, probably because my parents do not like to eat, this fish does not seem to have been on our family table, other Wuhan people, may prefer it.
8, the ground fish, heard of its price, is really expensive, most of them are used to marinate wax fish.
9、The Mandarin fish, which was eaten less when I was small, has been eaten more in recent years. The fish has fewer spines and the meat is tender, and the common practice is steaming and braising.
10, yellow catfish, also called yellow spicy ding, eaten one by one, the size is not large, but the fish is tender, no small fish spines, the price is not cheap.
11, eel, Hubei people's favorite practice is braised fish bridge, fish bridge refers to the eel, five-flower meat braised, the taste is really fresh.
Roughly these are just some of the more common freshwater fish on the table of a Wuhan person's home, but of course, the freshwater fish sold in the market is actually not just these.
Third, what are the common freshwater fish in the north?
From what I gathered, the freshwater fish in the north are: crucian carp, carp, crossbill, white fish, grass carp, black fish, etc. Maybe grass carp is less popular in the north because of the carp.
That's all I can introduce. What freshwater fish are available in the north? Through the network search to get some information, may not be accurate, you can give us a message in the comments section, if you are a northerners, you can say what are your favorite freshwater fish?
Fourth, the reason why southerners do not eat carp?
This geographical area in the south is relatively large, because we are discussing freshwater fish today, so talk about some of the southern cities along the Yangtze River, because living in Wuhan, from the perspective of a Wuhan person to say I, a southerner, why do not eat carp?
1, eat fish or to consider the fishy smell, freshwater fish although all have fishy smell, but from the perspective of cooking, such as: carp, grass carp, bream, black fish, etc., through the cleaning process or firing process processing, after the table is basically fishy smell is very light.
2, take bighead carp, the reason why Wuhan people like to eat bighead carp head, that is, fat head fish head, the actual reason is relatively simple, bighead carp fish body of the fish meat is actually more Chai, not fresh and tender, resulting in people do not like to eat bighead carp fish body of the fish meat, I think in Hubei, the land of fish and rice, earlier people also eat carp, only, carp meat than grass carp, crucian carp, bream, and gradually eliminated by the people of Hubei.
3, Wuhan side of the fish to eat is not the original taste of fish, basically like fishy light, eat fish to eat the taste and seasoning, seasoning is well understood, is the cooking method, and the taste is more subjective, even if it is subjective feelings, but most Hubei people are not too much like to eat bighead carp, bighead carp do not like, let alone carp? In Hubei food market basically can not buy carp, Hubei people do not like the reason, the main or taste.
4, and then the problem of fishy carp, are freshwater fish, living in the lower middle layer of freshwater, from this point of analysis, grass carp is also living in the lower middle layer, Hubei people love to eat grass carp, can accept the fishy smell of grass carp, why can not accept the fishy smell of carp? I would like to say that the fishy taste may be a pretext, the most important thing is still the taste problem.
5, the taste of carp is said to be rough fish, and grass carp fish flesh tender some, but, Hubei people just like to eat grass carp, basically do not eat carp, in addition to the taste and fishy smell, that is the difference between the southern and northern cooking methods.
In the north, most of the carp cooking methods are stewing and burning, will put a lot of onion, ginger, garlic and pepper, these seasonings in addition to remove the fishy, but also need a long time to stew or burn, while most of the southern cooking methods are faster, such as: steamed, braised, sauerkraut fish, even braised, time is relatively short, focusing on the fresh taste of fish, these common southern cooking methods, replaced with carp, carp fish but can not give the kind of taste that southerners want.
6, say the freshwater quality, water quality in the north and south is still significantly different, different water quality different farming methods lead to fish taste differences are relatively large, but also understandable.
7, the south in addition to freshwater fish and coastal cities of seafood, freshwater fish resources in the south, the southern coastal cities of seafood is also more, compared to the two, must be seawater fish than freshwater fish taste better on some, in the south can eat cheap freshwater fish, that is the taste and price after taking into account the results.
Although the price of various fish in seawater is expensive, but really fresh, expensive, is really delicious, and carp in both cases do not take advantage, with the seawater fish basically can not be compared, compared to the various fish in the southern freshwater, taste does not prevail at all, plus the southern freshwater fish itself is not expensive, so why eat neither cheap, taste also Chai carp?
Five, why is carp not the four major fish?
Since carp is not the four major fish, we must first understand which four species are the four major fish? The folk say four big family fish refers to grass carp, blue fish, silver carp, bighead carp.
Although there are many legends about carp not being selected as one of the four major fishes, the most convincing one may be that carp are omnivorous fish, adaptable, do not need human intervention, and are free to reproduce in the wild, or at least indicate that carp have a strong ability to adapt to nature.
Why is carp not one of the "four major fish"?
This begins with our country's freshwater fish farming, freshwater fish resources are abundant, from nearly 1,000 species of freshwater fish to find four is not a bit tricky?
Carp is the carp family, four big fish in the selection of carp as a sample for selection, grass carp, blue fish, silver carp, bighead carp they are also under the carp family of fish, that is, in the initial selection of four big fish, in fact, is looking for alternatives to carp, four big fish characteristics are relatively the same, with a larger size, easy to breed, adapt to the environment, the ability to adapt to the speed of growth but also fast.
Although carp was not selected as one of the four major fishes, but they are "the same root" with carp, carp was once banned from farming during the Tang Dynasty, which has the need to find four major fishes to replace carp, although not selected, but grass carp, green carp, silver carp, bighead carp were selected in accordance with the criteria of carp.
At the end of writing, I would like to say a few words, both are carp, why the northerners love to eat, but few people in the south eat? The original 7 reasons, I do not know whether we agree?
The most important thing is still the taste, not good for southerners, the taste of carp is said to be rough fish texture, and grass carp fish meat fresh and tender some, Hubei people like to eat grass carp, basically do not eat carp, in addition to the taste and fishy, that is the difference between the southern and northern cooking methods.
In the north, most of the carp cooking methods are stewing and burning, will put a lot of onion, ginger, garlic and pepper, while most of the southern cooking methods are faster, such as: steamed, braised, pickled fish, etc., even braised, the time is relatively short, focusing on the fresh taste of fish, these common southern cooking methods, replaced with carp, carp fish but can not give the kind of taste that southerners want.
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