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pgwiz1 Jan 5, 2010 06:28 AM

Any thoughts? I want to make sushi at home, but don't know who sells sushi grade fish here in Dallas. If you know, please let me know!

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  1. Scagnetti Jan 5, 2010 07:01 AM

    Kazy's used to carry a wide selection of sushi grade fish but the last couple of times I've been in there, the selection has been sparse. Still worth a try though and it carries a lot of the items you need to make sushi at home like knives, mats, wasabi powder, plates, etc.

    Kazy's Gourmet Shop
    9256 Markville Drive
    Dallas, TX 75243
    (972) 235-4831

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      luniz Jan 5, 2010 09:06 AM

      any good frozen fish can be sushi grade. There's no government or legal definition of "sushi grade". It's just marketing.

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        wompa164 Jan 5, 2010 01:17 PM

        You make a decent point but you're not entirely correct.

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          Scagnetti Jan 6, 2010 07:09 AM

          I was going to debate with you that most fish used for sushi is fresh and not frozen until I researched it and was surprised to learn that the majority of fish served as sushi was previously frozen.

          "But because of health concerns and growing demand, 50 to 60 percent of sushi in the United States is frozen at some point in its journey from the ocean, according to wholesalers. And rare is the sushi restaurant that tells customers upfront that they may be eating fish that has been in deep freeze for up to two years."

          http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/08/nyr...

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            luniz Jan 6, 2010 07:47 AM

            http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/Re...

            I've read the actual document before somewhere but I don't remember where. If there's a risk for parasites, it's required that the fish has been frozen before serving raw. If it won't be served raw, I don't think it's a requirement. Salmon and tuna require freezing for sushi. It's sort of complicated and I'm just a layperson.

        2. Cascokat Jan 5, 2010 05:44 PM

          While you're at Asia World picking up the Kaffir lime leaves, check out the fish counter. I personally have not tried it yet, but they have a huge selection and I can't imagine it wouldn't be sushi grade, especially with the turn over they experience.
          :)

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            kuidaore Jan 5, 2010 08:05 PM

            Korean stores will be better than Chinese stores for fish. Too bad Seabose closed--it was a Japanese fish store (the owner moved to NYC. He was mainly catering to the local Japanese, not knowing there aren't enough Japanese in DFW to support his business. He's still shipping fish to some local customers from NYC.).

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              luniz Jan 6, 2010 06:28 AM

              their selection isn't half of the place over by Pho Bang in Garland. Although I don't know if that's "sushi grade" since half of it's sitting in ice filled coolers.

            2. Cascokat Jan 5, 2010 05:48 PM

              FYI:
              http://asiaworldmarket.com/component/...

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                MarcusB Jan 6, 2010 09:36 AM

                Check out Seabose in Carrollton. There are several discussions on this board about the place.

                Nevermind, Al Gore's interweb tells me that Seabose is closed.

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                  kuidaore Jan 6, 2010 06:10 PM

                  They closed last year, as posted above.

                2. irodguy Jan 7, 2010 07:44 AM

                  Super H Mart has a decent supply of frozen fish, and roe of various types and grades.

                  1. Carrollton Foodie Jan 7, 2010 09:36 PM

                    I've asked the fishmongers at Central Market about this and was told that they have some frozen fish available for sushi. I believe it was tuna and salmon, but I'm not positive. They said that even the freshest fish in their fish counter isn't considered sushi grade because once it's exposed to air it can have bacteria present, and therefore it's safe for searing and serving rare, but not for sushi.

                    That being said, I've also noticed that Super H Mart in Carrollton has a nice selection of raw fish that is labeled as sushi grade. If anyone has tried it, please let me know. I'd love to know if it's tasty and safe.

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                      gavlist Jan 8, 2010 08:16 AM

                      I've gotten the deep-frozen, sashimi grade tuna from CM before and the flavor was not all that good. I ended up searing it (rare), not eating it completely raw.

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                        Webra1 Jan 8, 2010 10:28 AM

                        Agreed. I've bought the sushi-grade tuna from CM and didn't like it either.

                        I've also bought raw sushi fish from Komart before and it was awful. Very fishy. I don't know for a fact that Super H would be the same, but I'd be wary.

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                      jindomommy Jan 8, 2010 11:16 AM

                      Whole Foods in Highland Park gets it's sushi grade ahi shipment in on Friday's. For sushi grade fish, I'd hit up a specialty fish store like Rex's, but my first choice would be TJ's in North Dallas. I think it's by the Whole Foods, so go Friday and compare. My grandfather used to sell ahi and owned his own place, so I grew up around the fish markets. Depending on your state, regulations may require that fish be frozen. The owner of Rex's told me Texas requires freezing, but considering how far the fish has to travel (especially in summertime), I'm okay with this. My grandfather used to say that if you were going to freeze ahi, it would retain most of its original flavor if the fish was frozen whole. If you start cutting the fish up into blocks, the flesh starts oxidizing and the fish loses a lot of moisture/texture. Now having grown up around ocean fresh fish and the markets, I can tell you that the Japanese fishmongers have the highest standards when it comes to providing really good, fresh fish. Seabose closing is such a disappointment. Next, I'd buy from the Korean fishmongers because there is a significant Korean population in Japan and many Koreans go to sushi chef school and hold the same exacting standards in their fish prep. Handling and selling raw fish for sashimi/sushi is an entire food science. In China and Vietnam, raw fish is gaining in popularity, but that is a very recent development. So now that Seabose has closed, I buy from TJ's or Rex's. Why you ask...because I've talked to the owners of both places and asked how they store and handle their fish and I think it's pretty good. I will always opt to buy fish from a small fishmonger who I can talk to and trust.

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