Mene maculate or the Moonfish-Chandni is the only extant member of the genus Mene and the family Menidae. These days, it’s only abundant in the indo-pacific region and is a popular food fish among Southeast Asian communities. The local Philipino community of Pakistan is the major local consumer of this moonfish-chandni.
This is a weirdly built fish, but more edible than you might expect for something that flat and bony.
The Moonfish’s flesh is moderately flavored. The upper part of the fish looks like tuna and tastes like a cross between tuna and salmon. But their pectoral muscles—the ones that power the fins on the side of the body—look and taste a bit like beef.
English Name: Moonfish, Mene fish
Local Name: Chandni
Other Names: Bilong-Bilong, Chabita, Hiwas or Tahas
Scientific Name: Mene Maculata
Moonfish is a Sea fish that lives in Deeper coastal waters, around coral reefs, sometimes in estuaries.
Moonfish is caught using Gillnets.
Moonfish do not have visible scales. The body is highly compressed laterally and very deep vertically. The ventral profile is steep, with a sharp ventral edge. The caudal fin is deeply forked. The mouth is small and protrusible.
The Moonfish is silvery below and blue-green on the back, with three to four rows of dark gray spots on the upper side
On average, the Moonfish size range is 50 to 150 grams per fish. However, other sizes are also occasionally available.
Moonfish is preferred for whole cutting or boneless fillets.
Approx. Cutting Yields
Headless and Gutted: 60%
Moon Fish is preferred to pan fry. You can fry this fish “pan dressed” with just a dusting of rice flour and it’s not that hard to disassemble on the plate because the bones are pretty much fused to the fins at the edge of the fish.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Improves Immune System
Strengthens the bones
Improves Skin and Hair health