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Escolar Quest

manoffaithnotw Feb 16, 2010 11:28 AM

Does anyone know where I can buy Escolar (also could be called escara, white tuna, super white tuna, butter fish)? The sushi place that I go to sells it for $2.50 a bite, which is ridiculously overpriced. I rather cut a fresh fillet up and eat it at home.

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    tastycakes Feb 17, 2010 09:07 PM

    the fish lady at the hollywood farmer's market on sundays has had it recently.

    1. Das Ubergeek Feb 16, 2010 01:20 PM

      Dry Dock Fish out of Fullerton (in most OC farmers' markets) carry it regularly.

      1. Dommy Feb 16, 2010 12:17 PM

        I get it from the Fish Monger at the Mar Vista Farmer's Market...


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        1. re: Dommy
          TravelPath Feb 17, 2010 02:57 PM

          I get it from the fish monger as well...very fresh and usually at a good price! I know you said you wanted it for sushi, and it is delicious this way...but I have found that Le Petit Greek on Larchmont usually has it grilled with olive oil, and their simple preparation is outstanding!

        2. wilafur Feb 16, 2010 11:50 AM

          just don't eat too much in one sitting as it may cause gastrointestinal issues due to the wax esthers in the flesh.

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          1. re: wilafur
            Chauve Souris Feb 16, 2010 01:11 PM

            I can attest to the very embarassing side effects of escolar. Proceed with caution, and with small portions.

            1. re: Chauve Souris
              The Chowhound Team Feb 16, 2010 09:15 PM

              Folks, we're going to ask that discussion of escolar's side effects move over to our Not About Food board, where food science discussion is allowed.

              On this board, please keep things focused on where to find this fish (either as a raw ingredient or prepared dish) in the L.A. region. Thanks

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