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mochiislove Jan 6, 2010 03:28 AM

Hello, I'm interested in making my own sushi and I'm looking for a place to buy some nice quality fish. A lot of people on this board speak highly of LA Fish Company, but I had some questions about buying from there.

First, do they only offer the whole fish or do they sell pre-cut fillets? Their site isn't specific.

Does anyone have experience shopping there? I live in Pomona so it's kind of a drive, and it would be great to know what to expect when I go there.

Anything else anyone would be able to let me know would be awesome, thanks so much! :)

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  1. Servorg RE: mochiislove Jan 6, 2010 06:00 AM

    Maybe give them a call and get first hand, up to the minute information directly from the horse's (fishe's) mouth?

    http://www.lafishco.com/index.php

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    Los Angeles Fish Co
    420 Stanford Ave, Los Angeles, CA

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      Harry Nile RE: mochiislove Jan 6, 2010 06:54 AM

      I hope anyone preparing sushi at home follows the FDA regulation governing every restaurant from Urasawa to Sushi R Us and checks with the purveyor to make sure the fish have been frozen hard enough to kill parasites. (You get a sense of just how hard that is from the following picture of a worker "[c]utting frozen Tuna using a band saw in the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo": http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fil... .) For details -- including a discussion of why the one fish not covered (tuna) is usually frozen anyway -- see the NY Times story that I reference in a recent discussion banished to General Chowhounding Topics: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/668898

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        thisfreakinguy RE: Harry Nile Dec 17, 2012 10:15 AM

        I don't, but that's just me. As long as you know the products and where they are coming from, there are no issues.

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        ns1 RE: mochiislove Jul 15, 2012 10:14 PM

        bump, anybody know?

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          Johnny L RE: mochiislove Jul 15, 2012 11:33 PM

          Why not go to Nijiya Japanese market in Rowland Heights and buy the pre-cut fillets?

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            la2tokyo RE: mochiislove Jul 15, 2012 11:55 PM

            LA fish is a wholesaler, so mostly they sell whole fish. They have filets of hamachi and salmon, but it's still half a hamachi or salmon, so probably more than you would want to use at home unless you're serving a lot of people. The quality is great, but I can't tell you what it's like walking in there and trying to buy a little bit at a time. If you go there you might as well go to International Marine Products at the same time - they overlap a little but IMP has more sushi specific products. I would call and get instructions about the best time to show up. Typically they don't seem to like non-professional customers to come in until things slow down, and then they start putting stuff away, so timing is a little tricky if you want to see everything they offer. If you are just buying basic stuff like tuna, hamachi, and salmon, it's probably easier just to buy it from Marukai. The quality will probably be the same, and you can ask for it in a big block if you don't want it cut. I doubt LA Fish is going to sell just a pound or two of tuna to a retail customer, but I could be wrong.

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              ns1 RE: la2tokyo Jul 16, 2012 09:27 AM

              Didn't IMP go wholesale only a few years ago?

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                la2tokyo RE: ns1 Jul 16, 2012 10:58 AM

                I'm sorry, maybe they did? I wasn't aware of the change, but it wouldn't surprise me. Check before you go!

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                  ns1 RE: la2tokyo Jul 16, 2012 11:00 AM

                  Based on:

                  Since Jan 08' IMP (International Marine) has changed it's hours and Customer Policy. They now are only Wholesale and really don't deal with Retail Customers anymore. 9:30am Closing.

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/529710

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                    la2tokyo RE: ns1 Jul 16, 2012 11:27 AM

                    Woops! Sorry. That was four years ago!

            2. flylice2x RE: mochiislove Jul 16, 2012 04:40 AM

              I get my sushi from Catalina Offshore Products. They sell to Restuarants and fish markets

              www.catalinaop.com/

              They will be featured on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern tonight.

              They are based out of San Diego.

              Oops..didn't realize this was a post form 2010.

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                ns1 RE: flylice2x Jul 16, 2012 09:25 AM

                Old post but I bumped it for new info.

                $10 shipping pretty much kills catalinaop for me unless I drop a significant amount of cash on fish.

                thanks for the link though.

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                  kevin RE: ns1 Jul 16, 2012 10:48 AM

                  can you go to IMP or True World Foods (sp?) ?

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