Many Chinese restaurants in Toronto serve Yellow Fin Garoupa or Grouper — 黃鰭斑. 1. From pictures beneath, are they live and fresh? Or frozen?

  1. Is Yellow Fin Grouper sold live and fresh? If not, frozen?

Crown Jewel Fine Dining

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Casa Imperial Chinese Cuisine

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Gold Mark

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Century Palace Chinese Restaurant

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  • (before it gets removed) For the part specific to Toronto restaurants, I would try asking a Toronto specific like reddit.com/r/toronto or chowhound.com/tag/ontario
    – Max
    Mar 20, 2020 at 21:32
  • The yellow fin garoupa dwells in deeper, warm waters, which are far away from Canada, so I would be very surprised if they could bring the fish to Toronto alive.
    – xuq01
    Apr 1, 2020 at 18:21

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It is highly unlikely that this fish was not frozen. If you were paying top dollar at a fine restaurant they may bring it in live, but the restaurant would tell you that.

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