Maldive Fish in Seattle?
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Maldive Fish is boiled, dried, smoked and hardened skipjack tuna, commonly used in Sri Lankan cooking. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maldive_... The wiki indicates it may be produced in a manner similar to the Japanese Katsuobushi; aka dried bonito.
I have seen an online source, but before I dip in, does anyone know where this might be found in the metro area? I tried last night at Apna Bazaar in Bellevue to no avail.
I was not able to obtain it locally (but it has been several years now since I tried). I ordered it online from this site: http://www.niwasa.com/grocery/en/mald...
After cooking with the product I ordered, I think that bonito would be a better subsitute than dried prawns, which have a more distinct flavor.