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shopping for dried fish - bonito and salt cod

Thi N. Apr 11, 2002 05:40 AM

I am currently trying to learn Japanese and Portugeuse cooking. This seems to, for each cuisine, involve laying my hands on some high quality dried fish - whole bonito, to flake for dashi, and good salt cod.

I cannot find either. Bonito I can only find pre-flaked. Salt cod I have failed to find. Any suggestions?


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    Burger Boy RE: Thi N. Apr 11, 2002 12:42 PM

    I think a good Italian Market should have your salt cod (Bay Cities, Sorrentos or Claros), and any good asian market should have the other (Mitsuwa, or there are many Filipino places in and around vermont and 1st, or one at vermont and melrose)

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      Jerome RE: Burger Boy Apr 11, 2002 06:19 PM

      I think Pinocchio/Monte Carlo in Burbank has Baccala. Also, try Olsen's (Olson's) on Pico, or some of the Norwegian places in San Pedro.

      I imagine Bristol farms seafood dept could order it for you, and did yuo try Santa Monica seafood? Just stabs.

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        JudiAU RE: Jerome Apr 12, 2002 07:33 PM

        Don't buy it from Santa Monica Seafood. They sold me some dried cod that was WET a few years ago. I didn't realize it until I got home. It was stored improperly. Plus they never replied to my letter of complaint.

        And it wasn't pre-soaked or anything. Wooden box + wet = nasty

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