Yin Yang fish

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Yin Yang fish 陰陽魚 (also called dead-and-alive fish) in Chinese cuisine 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]

This practice has received condemnation and much criticism for cruelty inflicted on the fish.[citation needed] It originated in China. Some chefs claim they cook the dish in this manner so as to prove the freshness of the fish to the customer.[citation needed] Preparation of this dish is now prohibited in Taiwan, and illegal in Australia and Germany.


This practice has been alleged to be cruel.[2] On 8 July, 2008 Taipei animal rights activists criticised a Taiwanese chef for serving a dish that included a deep fried fish with its head still twitching. The chef served the carp with its body deep-fried and covered with sweet and sour sauce. The diners jabbed at the fish's eyes and mouth with their chopsticks to prompt the fish to move; the mouth and gills opened and it was seen trying to breathe. [3]


Some videos have surfaced on the internet of Chinese diners eating live fish. The PeTA animal rights activist group has called one of the videos "disgusting". [4][5][1]

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