Radio DJ Finds Metal Pieces In Fish That Increased Its Weight & Made It Cost RM1,000

A 'fishy' business going on here.

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During a Chinese New Year dinner at a restaurant with his friends, local radio DJ Jack Lim found a whopping 10 pieces of metal in a fish, which increased the price of the dish to about RM1,000

Speaking to China Press, the veteran MY FM radio DJ said he and his friends ordered a 3kg ikan terubuk that has a market price of about RM1,000 a few days ago.

He did not mention the restaurant's name in the report.

Lim explained that there is a unique way of eating the fish, as, unlike other fishes, it should not be gutted after being caught.

Hence, he said the whole fish needs to be steamed with water without adding a drop of seasoning, so as to live up to its naturally sweet taste.

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"After the fish was steamed and served, we saw the first piece of metal when we sliced it. And I said, 'Wow! This fish wasn't caught by a net, it was hooked'," Lim recalled

Following that, he said they eventually discovered about 10 other metal pieces hidden in the fish's belly. They concluded that it was an apparent trick by the merchant to increase the fish's weight.

"The bigger the ikan terubuk, the better the taste. Therefore, the unit price will be different for every additional 1kg," said the DJ, who is also an actor in many local films, including one that is currently in cinemas, titled What! A Heist.

He estimated that the uncovered metal pieces weighed about 400g. It made the originally ikan terubuk in the 2kg price bracket to weigh 3kg, which ultimately increased its selling price.

A photo of ikan terubuk in different sizes being sold on Shopee.

Image via Shopee

Despite the discovery, Lim and his friends decided to eat the fish after confirming that the metal pieces were not rusty, hence rendering it safe for consumption

"After this incident, it opened my eyes and made me realise that people would use this method to increase the weight of fish," he said.

In November 2020, Lim shared a video on his Facebook page showing how ikan terubuk is eaten.

He explained that the fish was not gutted after it was caught and had to be steamed for about two hours without being cleaned and seasoned.

The almost one-minute video shows the process of deboning the fish at the dining table by an employee, who Lim described as an expert.

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