17 responses

  1. LeslieTravel
    December 2, 2010

    As a vegetarian, I feel bad for the fish! It’s so beautiful. Glad to know it looks better than it tastes– maybe fewer people will try it ;)

    • The Longest Way Home
      December 2, 2010

      It’s a beautiful and fascinating fish alright Leslie. A fact of life here is that it’s food, it’s plentiful, and people can afford it. That said, to but your mind at rest, it’s not that popular due to the work being needed to prepare it :)

  2. Marnie Alvez
    December 2, 2010

    I’ve admired this beautiful fish whenever I snorkel or dive but it wasn’t until last weekend that I have tried how good it tastes =) Sorry we Asians eat all creatures big and small in water, land and air haha. The fish was filleted and cut into small squares.. added some vinegar, fresh chili and fresh onions. The best kinilaw or ceviche I’ve tasted in a long time! =)

    Like most markets here in the Philippines, you can ask the vendor to scale the fish for you, fillet or cut it to your preferred way, usually with no extra cost. I love fish! There are so many ways of preparing it aside from the boring fried way =) You should try it!

    • The Longest Way Home
      December 2, 2010

      You are right, in Asia nearly everything, or should that be everything is considered food. Except for Geckos? Maybe!

      The fish people offered to scale if for me, but I wanted to take a photograph too. Its only then I discovered the tough scales. And you are right, there are more ways to eat a fish than just grill!

  3. Laura
    December 2, 2010

    Another fascinating insight into unusual foods – brilliant! It looks beautiful and I can’t imagine eating it.

    • The Longest Way Home
      December 2, 2010

      Thanks Laura. Yes, I was curious about it too. They charge so much for this in a restaurant it’s incredible. Yet locally its so cheap.

  4. Renny
    December 2, 2010

    Wow. I always thought it was something under the water that made them so colorful. I don’t think western eyes could eat this. Almost like eating Bambi!

    • The Longest Way Home
      December 3, 2010

      No, it’s like North Europeans eating reindeer. Normal there, but elsewhere not. It’s normal here.

      • Marnie Alvez
        December 3, 2010

        Agree! I remember talking with someone who find it disgusting to devour a steak! That person is not even vegetarian =) I love steak! I love fish too haha.

  5. Zablon Mukuba
    December 3, 2010

    the fish looks delicious, its a pity its not as sweet as it looks and it is hard

  6. Kristina
    December 5, 2010

    It certainly looks beautiful! It’s quite big and am surprised to know there isn’t much bones in its body. Adding more spices might make it tastier.

  7. Claire
    December 7, 2010

    I didn’t know any of the things in this post, and I LIVE in the Philippines! The fish looks so unique and colorful that I felt sad when I saw it on the grill. :( Seems a shame to eat something so pretty if it doesn’t taste out-of-the-ordinary, though. Thanks so much for the post, I enjoyed reading! :)

    • The Longest Way Home
      December 7, 2010

      Yes, sometimes pretty things can be hard to swallow! I’ve seen this fish in many local markets. The red one more then the blue one. It was interesting to find out more about it alright

  8. bill
    December 19, 2010

    i spearfish in ecuador and there are lots of parrot fish. i dont think its any better looking then any other fish. i rate fish by how good they taste. parrot fish are easy to shot. it is what i shot if i cant find somrthing better and want to eat dinner. when fileted and cooked in pineapple juice it tastes like lobster. it also makes great ceviche due to its firm texture. coked over open flame the scales burn off. when it is fileted cutting the meat and skin off together and then remove the skin. the head and bones also make great soup. when i shot a parrot i dont tell my friends. its to easy to shot to be proud of kind of like trigger fish which also taste great, i ate one of those tonight

    • Marnie Alvez
      December 19, 2010

      I agree on the ceviche =) cooking on pineapple juice is a great idea. Must try one day.

  9. Peter
    May 9, 2013

    Here in Hawaii it’s on the delicacy.. It cost about $12-15 per pound. Best way is stuff it with mayonnaise onions lup Chung/Chinese sausage bacon bites. Wrap it with foil then grill. Don’t forget to salt n pepper fish also…

  10. Vanessa
    July 4, 2014

    Maybe not such a good idea to eat parrot fish. http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/07/02/to-save-coral-reefs-start-with-parrotfish/

    Also, it’s usually a sign that stocks of larger fish in the area and have been destroyed and the reef is already in decline when parrot fish are sold in local fish markets. Not surprising in countries that don’t value their environments though, like the Philippines.

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