Fish is a major item of diet is Singapore, an island surrounded by good fish-yielding sea.
Fish is a major item of diet is Singapore, an island surrounded by good fish-yielding sea. It's reasonably inexpensive and plentiful, but like gourmets everywhere some of the discriminating Singapore Chinese want something special, something exclusive. They wouldn't touch fish caught days age although modern refrigeration keeps it fresh - they demand it fresh from its abode.
Modern world economy works on the supply and demand theory, and since there's demand for fresh water fish, the astute Chinese businessman is alive to the possibility.
And a new business of fish from fresh water springs up, and the choosy customer has only to examine and identify his dish.
However shortlived its ivory tower existence may be, it is really a pampered life. The cary fish is not just one in a million, it is a real V.I.P. specially taken care of by the bus breeder. Not only does he attend to the cleaning and filling of the tanks regularly to keep the fish in trim shape, but the place is tastefully decorated with Chinese lanterns. Fish lanterns add to the harmony of the place.
Shopping under ideal conditions. The customer eases is not just seeking a chunk of fish, he is looking for something special and like a connoisseur he insists on the right environment.
But all that glory and exclusiveness disappear once the customer has made the choice. Then it is just another fish-weighed, valued and exchanged. And off it goes into the basket and ultimately into the cooking pan - the way of all fishy flesh.