Caviar and Roe
I'm in search of two items:
1) Salmon roe--I've never bought this except for at the tackle shop or in a sushi restaurant. What are the types (fresh/in a jar) and what's a good source for it in SF? I just need about 4oz. but wonder about quality, etc. Assuming a Japantown fish market? I saw a post on one from a few years ago and wonder if there has been any change.
2) We used to get big jars of cheap caviar (capelin? hacklebeck?) for dips, omelettes, etc., from Trader Joe's in DC--3.5oz for $3.99, but they don't carry it at the locations here. Thoughts on a replacement source? My parents overnighted us 5 jars last Christmas and I think it's time we figured out another way. :)
Greek cod roe is good and inexpensive. I think I pay $4 for an 8-ounce jar at Indus Foods in Berkeley. The Greek stores in SF would have it.
Hellenic American Imports
2365 Mission St. (between 19th & 20th)
6524 Mission St., Daly City
European Market on Clement and (I think) 35th Ave has salmon caviar in half-pint and full pint containers ranging in quality and price fom $12-20/lb. The more you pay, the more intact the eggs. New World Market on Geary has the same thing, but you have to be served at the counter, which takes longer, and I think they are more expensive.
They both have other kinds of caviar as well.
I've seen ikura (Japanese-style cured salmon roe) at Uoki's (on Post across from the Miyako Hotel) but I haven't been there in over a year, so call first. There is a distict taste difference, the cure is different than the Russian.
Try 99 Ranch Market in Richmond (Albany border) - they usually carry bulk salmon eggs, tobiko, etc.