What a catch! Giant grouper fetches $2,581 in Penang

A whopping giant grouper weighing 152kg was sold for RM7,600 and was later served to satisfied patrons in Penang.VIDEO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

GEORGE TOWN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK): A giant grouper weighing 152kg was sold to a cafe owner in Weld Quay here for RM7,600(S$2,581).

The grouper's size caught the attention of market-goers who took photographs with the fish at the Cecil Street Market in Penang.

Fisherman Khor Swee Boon, 48, said the grouper, or loong tan as it is commonly known, was caught on Tuesday night.

He said it took four men at the market to haul the grouper and put it on the counter.

The fish was later cut into pieces before being sold to Ka Bee Cafe owner Chew Kean Ghee, 46.

At the outlet in Weld Quay on Thursday (March 29), businessman Tan Kek Loon, 39, his wife Chua Hui Teng, 33, and their son Tan Yu Shyang, seven, were seen enjoying a meal of the grouper's meat.

They said the fish tasted delicious and fresh.

"It was really good. The flesh was sweet and complemented my porridge nicely.

"I come here to eat almost every week but did not know about the big catch," he said, adding that he was glad he came to the eatery at the right time.