Yin Yang fish

Yin Yang fish 陰陽魚 (also called dead-and-alive fish) is a dish which consists of a deep-fried whole fish (usually carp) that remains alive after cooking. The fish's body is cooked while its head is wrapped in a wet cloth to keep it breathing. The fish is then covered in sauce and served live on a plate.[1]

The dish was invented by a restaurant owner in Chiayi who learned his trade in Sichuan.[2] Members of the public and one Chiayi city official condemned the practice.[3] A video shows diner jabbing at a fish's eyes and mouth with their chopsticks in order to prompt the fish to move, whose mouth and gills opened as it tried to breathe.[4] People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals called one of the videos "disgusting". [1][5][6]

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  1. 1 2 "Chinese diners eat live fish in YouTube video". Telegraph.co.uk. 18 November 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  2. (Traditional Chinese) "陰陽魚活炸上菜 「殘忍」". Apple Daily (Taiwan). July 9, 2007. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  3. Deutsche Presse-Agentur (2007-07-08). "Taiwan restaurant blasted for serving "dead-and-alive fish"". Monsters and Critics. Archived from the original on 2010-07-27.
  4. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/114508.htm
  5. "Eating A Deep Fried Fish That's Still Alive (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
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