The old man and the fish
In the old days, Bahim would sell fish in town, more exactly in La Louise Quatre-Bornes after collecting them from the fishermen in the west coast of the island. He would journey them down in fibre baskets on buses. With time, he became very popular. He later bought a motorcycle to ease the transportation of fresh fish and over the course of time, a van replaced his two-wheeled means of transport. Bahim started his business in 1973 and after his death, his brother and sons took over, expanded it into what is today, Noulamer. The management and operation team is composed of 13 persons and the business involves more than a hundred stakeholders from boat owners to fishmongers. Noulamer offers both fish wholesaling and retailing. Noulamer has a stall in the Quatre-Bornes market and one at the Super-U supermarket in Belle-Rose and they will soon open another one up north, in La Croisette in Grand-Bay. The determination to democratise good food inspires Ziad, the company Manager. He is working on an interesting project which is a study of the nutritional value of tropical fish.
Fish and their stories...
It is true that many visitors are often disappointed of not finding any fresh fish in the coastal villages in Mauritius and are surprised that most of the fish in the supermarket are imported. (Doesn’t that sound fishy?). However most main markets across the island have a fish section with an array of local fish. The common ones that are displayed on fish stalls are korn, viel rouz, dorado, cateau, rouget, carangue ...and many more that are cooked according to traditional recipes. Restaurants on the island offer the holy trinity, rice, fish curry and salad, island variations of fish and chips and fish with sweet and sour sauce. Food trucks in cities and market food stalls have fish briani, one of the most loved dishes you’ll be happily shoveling into your mouth.
A handy informational booklet: Fishes of Mauritius Island
A comprehensive booklet available in most bookshops and magazine corner of local supermarkets, illustrates pictures of local fish indicating whether they are safe for consumption or not. Isn’t that a bright idea? This booklet was initially launched for divers by two passionate divers, Olivier and Fadi, so that they could name what they see underwater but it has now become a handy tool for cooks and an educational one for fish lovers. It is available in French English and Mandarin. The waterproof version can be purchased in main diving centres and hotels across the island.
Fresh fish delivery
Noulamer - Ibrahim Hosany Company Ltd
Opening hours of Super-U, Belle-Rose
Mon - Thurs 09:00 - 20:30
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 21:30
Sunday 09:00 -16:30
The cost for a kilo of fish starts from £6-7 a kilo.
Fishes of Mauritius Island, a publication of Kenzievolve Ltd (email@example.com) available at main bookshops in Mauritius.
Caudan Waterfront, Port-Louis
By: A.V-TAYER, 10th of April 2017
Photos courtesy of Noulamer and Kenzievolve Ltd
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