Rabbit Fish – Spinefoot – Ishigakidai
Scientific Name: Siganidae
Rabbit fish usually live in brackish water in estuaries, in holy seas with seaweed. In Vietnam, rabbit fish live mainly in central provinces such as Quang Nam, Thua Thien Hue, Nha Trang, Kien Giang, etc. Rabbit fish is a specialty in Hue, where its recipes appear in special and traditional dishes.
Vietnam exports frozen rabbit fish to Japan and Hong Kong markets; Although the quantity is not high, its value is significant. Rabbit fishing is highly dependent on the season and climate; therefore, the volume tends to slow down. In recent years, people in Hue and other central provinces started raising yellow rabbit fish with tiger shrimp in cages along the coast.
Rabbitfish is a very low-fat meat and it has a lot of flavors. This can help reduce high blood cholesterol levels and slow the absorption of sugar in the body, keeping blood sugar levels stable.
Each serving provides: A, B1, B2, B12, folate, niacin, copper, iron, zinc. Rabbit fish is a popular dish in Asian cuisine with smooth texture and beautiful sweet taste.
The rabbit fish is a good food fish and has a solid texture although slightly soggy. In Cebu, they are often stuffed with onions, tomatoes and spices and grilled. Their thick skin helps the fish not fall off when baked. The rabbit fish has been successfully farmed in ponds and although not an ideal farmed species.