Date
23 January 2017
Hiroshi Hirasaka shows off the giant catfish he caught in Ng Tung River in the New Territories. Photos: Monsters Pro Shop
Hiroshi Hirasaka shows off the giant catfish he caught in Ng Tung River in the New Territories. Photos: Monsters Pro Shop

Japanese tourist eats giant catfish caught in dirty HK river

An online article about a Japanese tourist who caught a giant catfish in a Hong Kong waterway has gone viral as local netizens were surprised to learn that there are edible fish in some of the city’s dirty rivers, standnews.com reports.

Hiroshi Hirasaka writes on the website Monsters Pro Shop that his curiosity about fish living in dirty rivers and ditches in Hong Kong prompted him to “go fishing” in the city. 

Hirasaka is a passionate fisherman who published last year a book on deep-sea fishing.

On the first day of his trip to Hong Kong, he saw the same fish as those being sold in the market swimming in a dirty river, which was later identified by some netizens as Ng Tung River in the northeast New Territories.

Hirasaka described the river as  “unbearably dirty”, but the filth and stink did not prevent him from pursuing his strange passion.

Two days later, as bystanders cheered him on, Hirasaki was able to catch a big walking catfish about 110 centimeters long.

He said the catfish is an African species, adding that Hongkongers may not even be aware of its existence in the local waterway.

But catching the catfish did not fully satisfy Hirasaka, who also wanted to taste it. Which he did.

After spending two days consuming the entire fish, he admitted that it was the most disgusting fish he has even eaten; it’s not only smelly but also tasted like a mixture of mud and detergent.

Has he ever eaten mud or detergent?

He said he will come to Hong Kong to do the same thing again, only that the next time he catches another dirty fish, he will let it swim in clean water for days before eating it.

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