Did chef serve mislabeled fish to China’s VP?
By SeafoodSource staff
Published on 19 February, 2012
Did celebrity chef Ming Tsai serve mislabeled fish to Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and no less, the vice president of the People’s Republic of China?
Tsai, well-known owner of the Blue Ginger restaurant in Wellesley, prepared “Soy Marinated Alaskan Butterfish’’ this week in Washington, D.C., at a star-studded State Department lunch honoring Vice President Xi Jinping of China, who is expected to be that country’s next leader. It was a takeoff on the signature miso-sake Alaskan butterfish Tsai serves at his restaurant.
But as the Globe reported last fall after a five-month investigation into fish mislabeling, the silky fillet on the menu at Blue Ginger at that time was actually sablefish. There are eight other species that can be called butterfish. But sablefish is not one of them, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.