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Mar 6, 2008 11:10 AM

ISO Dried Fish Roe/wūyúzi (From Taiwan) in Bay Area

it's called wūyúzi in chinese
(Not Mentai from Jap/Korea)

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      1. re: capriana94555

        I remember seeing it in one of the little stores in the 99 Ranch mall in Richmond. Someone told me once you can mail order it. They are mostly vacuum packed and travel well.

      2. I can't read chinese, but it is referred to on this bay area foodie's blog:


        Does he/she say anything about local suppliers?

        1. I've had this in Taiwan over Chinese New Year's. It's not cheap and is quite the delicacy. Appears to be cod roe (or some other local fish), very similar (but also very different) to kazunoko (herring roe) in its raw form, but cured and smoked. Kazunoko is typically crunchy, whereas smoked wuyuzi ends up being more chewy, salty/smokey depending on the receipe (and sticks to your teeth).

          I could have sworn I saw Marina Supermarket (Marina Foods) offered it in limited quantities, upwards of $30+ for a very small box. You may also want to check Sun Tung Yeung (Shin Dong Yang in Mandarin, can't recall how it is spelt in their English business name) or call them (distributor wholesaler office in South San Francisco).

          Another place to inquire is Cupertino Village's Champion Foods, another great resource for imported Taiwanese groceries, some not available in Ranch 99 or Marina Foods. Call ahead (after 1 pm) before you go. According to the blog Humbucker linked, the author (Mei Yun C) mentioned this same store, who apparently only had stock during CNY, and the cost was $80 a box. Without reading every word in her post, it appears that her boxes of WYZ came from an auction site in Taiwan, where she had someone mail them over (how they passed customs I don't know).

          1. What's the actual English name of this product? So hard to Google!

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                1. re: wolfe

                  I only remembered about bottarga after you linked the post, and recalled Anthony Bourdain having that over his pasta in the Sardinia episode....a very interesting version!

                  There is a Korean variant:


                  As far as the Taiwanese version, I have not seen it recently at the Taiwanese centric Asian markets so far.

                2. re: K K

                  I just ate half a mullet roe by myself last night.. Nom nom nom nom..

              1. I've looked in California to no avail. The closest I've come is finding Italian Bottarga, which can be mail ordered. I have never gone this route, though, so please do post back if it gets you anywhere.

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                1. re: Pei

                  This from the Chron article I linked above.
                  "The Pasta Shop. The Oakland location sells Ittica di'Or grated bottarga from Sicily (50 g; $25) It's a good idea to call to make sure it's in stock.
                  Whole pieces of bottarga are kept at its sister company, Manicaretti, an Italian imports company based in Oakland. Customers can order a couple of days in advance and pick it up at either Pasta Shop location. The price for 150 grams of either tuna or mullet bottarga, is about $85. Smaller pieces are available by request.
                  Jarred tuna bottarga is also available online at markethallfoods.com. 5655 College Ave. (at Shafter), Oakland; (510) 547-4005 and at 1786 Fourth St. (at Hearst), Berkeley; (510) 528-1786.
                  Gustiamo. Whole and grated tuna and mullet bottarga is also available from Gustiamo, an Italian import company in Brooklyn that sells online. A 9-ounce piece of tuna bottarga, made from bluefin tuna caught off the coast of Sicily, costs $115. A 4-ounce piece of Sardinian gray mullet bottarga, produced by the Manca brothers, is $46.