Common Carp is a common Christmas dish around Central Europe, but not around the rest of the world, including the UK. It is commonly bought alive, and only killed before actually preparing the dish (or in case of legal restrictions they are killed just before buying them in the shop)
Last Christmas I hoped I'll be able to find it somewhere, as there are a lot of Polish shops, and also because I read an article that in 2006 Sainsbury's did try to include it into their Christmas selections. Compared to this I only found an already dead iced one, after a lengthy search in major areas of London, and not because it was sold out, but because it was never on the menu.
- Is it really illegal (as stated in the article) to fish fresh carp for eating purposes? Are there any licences that would allow it, and if yes places where you can fish them?
- If not, are there places where you can defintiely get fresh carp around Christmas? Needing to pre-order it fine, but they should be fresh.