After we washed the slime off the fish, we scaled it. Carp scales are very large, over 1/2 inch wide, and reminiscent of Chinese paintings with all the gold leaf on them. Carp are a highly respected food source in Chinese cuisine and they can jump very high out of the water. They are often pictured jumping over gates, symbolizing a jump in status or wealth.
Scale the fish by drawing the knife from head to tail, pressing to dislodge the scales. Rinse the body and throw the scales away.