Western Ky. fish processor hoping to sell more Asian carp to Kentuckians



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WICKLIFFE, Kentucky — A western Kentucky fish processing company that sells Asian carp is hoping more Kentuckians will try the fish, which is plentiful in Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.

Two Rivers Fisheries ships the fish to restaurants in major cities, including St. Louis, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Boston, as well as Europe and Asia.

The carp processing company and fish market opened in Wickliffe in 2013.

The company calls its carp "Kentucky white fish." Two Rivers Fisheries owner and president Angie Yu told The Paducah Sun (http://bit.ly/1HDEI1Q) the carp have been eaten in Asia for thousands of years, but there's a stigma on the product with American diners. The fish are considered bony, so they must be prepared properly, she says.

"Asians know how to cook it," she said. "They have so many ways. Every family knows how to make it."

The fish is considered invasive and has growing populations in Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, where state fish and wildlife officials have made efforts to reduce the population.

Two Rivers has showcased the fish by selling and preparing meals at events such as the Ballard County Relay for Life. Later this month, they'll be at the Ballard County Ag Day event.

"It will take time, because there's not a large Asian community here," Yu said. "But it's very nutritional, it's good for you."

At The Flying Dragon in Paducah, the restaurant is starting a new menu, called "hot pot," that's actually based on one of China's traditional cooking styles.

Restaurant co-owner Mei Yu Honey said the restaurant will incorporate the carp into its new menu if people show interest in it.


Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com

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