Marine Food Fish of Hong Kong


Seafood Time Traveling with Herklots & Lin’s 50 Common Marine Food-Fish of Hong Kong (1962)

In 1962 Herklots and Lin published the 3rd edition of “Common Marine Food-Fish of Hong Kong with 15 European and 18 Chinese Recipes” was published and I have managed to get a copy (yippee!). But what has changed since 1962? Are these fish still common? Do foreign residents in Hong Kong still not eat more than 3-5 different varieties of fish? I am going to find, cook and eat one fish from this book every week to find out. So here is my fishy to-do list taken from the book with updated scientific names (some changed since 1962), their WWF recommendation and which ones I have eaten already. Its already clear that these fish are not as common as they were in 1962. I have had to rule out four fish already, because WWF Hong Kong considers them over-fished or unsustainably sourced. But that still leaves 46 fish to try. Check out my weekly posts on the fish of the week or click on the name of the crossed-out fish to find out more!

No. Common Name Current Scientific Name WWF says I say
1 Gizzard-Shad Nematolosa nasus
2 White Herring Ilisha elngata
3 Hilsa Herring Tenualosa reevesii
4 Golden Sardine Sardinella aurita
5 Mackerel Scad Decapterus lajang
6 Pompano Trachinotus blochii THINK TWICE THINK TWICE 
7 Crevalle Carangoides malabaricus
8 Black Pomfret Parastromateus niger    AVOID
9 White or Silver Pomfret Pampus argenteus THINK TWICE
10 Chinese Mackerel Scomberomorus sinensis
11 Korean Mackerel Scomberomorus koreanum
12 Hair-Tail Trichiurus lepturus AVOID
13 Drepane Drepane punctata
14 Grey Mullet Valamugil cunnesius
15 Japanese Sea-Perch Lateolabrax japonicus
16 Sea-Bass Lates calcarifer
17 Spotted or Longfin Grouper Epinephelus quoyanus THINK TWICE
18 Banded Grouper Epinephelus awoara
19 Red-spotted Grouper Epinephelus akaara AVOID
20 Mud-Grouper Epinephelus brunneus
21 Dory-Snapper Lutjanus fulviflamma
22 Red Snapper Lutjanus sanguineus
23 Head-Grunt Pomadasys argenteus
24 Common Thick-Lipped Grunt Plectorhynchus pictus
25 Chicken Grunt Parapristipoma trilineatum
26 Red Pargo Pagrus major
27 Red Sea-Bream Dentex tumifrons
28 Black Sea-Bream Acanthopagrus berda
29 Yellow-Fin Sea-Bream Acanthopagrus latus THINK TWICE
30 Gingko Fish Gymnocranius griseus
31 Golden-Thread Nemipterus spp. THINK TWICE
32 Pearly Lentjan Lethrinus nebulosus
33 Common Lentjan Lethrinus haemetopterus
34 Yellow Croaker Larimichthys crocea THINK TWICE  
35 Slate-Cod Croaker Protonibea diacanthus
36 Japanese Croaker Argyrosomus japonicus
37 Spotted Sand-Borer Sillago maculata
38 Macao Sole Cynoglossus sinicus
39 Large-Scaled Tongue-Sole Cynoglossus macrolepidotus
40 Chinese Brill Tephrinectes sinensis
41 False Brill Pseudorhombus arsius
42 False Halibut Paralichthys olivaceus
43 Spotted Red-Mullet Upeneus tragula
44 Thread-Fin Eleutheronema tetradactylum
45 Parrot Fish Scarus niger
46 Green Wrasse Choerodon schoenleinii
47 Horse-Head Branchiostegus japonicus THINK TWICE
48 Flat-Head Platycephalus indicus AVOID
49 Flag-Fish Goniistius zonatus
50 Conger-Pike (Eel) Muraenesox cinereus AVOID

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