Recently, a woman in her early 20s showed me pictures of herself posing with a big fish. The rare species can only be found in the Mekong river. Of course, it is the Mekong giant catfish, or pla buek.
In the photo, the fish was laid on the concrete kitchen floor of a local restaurant in Khong Chiam, a border town in Ubon Ratchathani. The town is located at the confluence of the Mekong and Mun rivers.
Another picture showed her mother, the restaurant owner, in a shocking pink blouse and perfect hairdo, squatting behind the fish, with a huge smile.
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