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Jun 4, 2010 02:22 AM

Looking for canned herring roe (non-Japanese)

Just took a great trip to the Tidewater Virginia and North Carolina areas (including the Outer Banks) and had some great stuff with river herring (and its larger relative, shad - both alosa spp). The fried whole river herring for breakfast were great - similar to the fried iwashi i had at Izayoi downtown, and the breakfast combo of herring roe and scrambled eggs were as close to some shandong dishes as i've had anywhere. Really great.

So - i know that the fish is back, they are catching it again - doesanyone know anywhere in teh southern california that carries the herring roe (fish, alosa aestivalis, aka blueback herring, blueback shad) ?

Just FYI here's a richmond times-dispatch piece on the herring run up the james river with video

and for the curious, I did have shad roe in richmand and Mamma zu's.

132 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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    1. I can't say for certain they'll have it but maybe...

      1. Ukraina Deli (1207 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica)

      2. Continental Shop (1619 Wilshire Blvd,Santa Monica), or other British shop

      please report back if you find !

      Ukraina Deli
      1207 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

        1. thanks for the effort. Those are Clupea genus, the european herrings - likethe ones you'll find from holland.

          these are american shad - herring - Alosa spp. The eggs are a light yellow. texture is different. the fish is known as river herring, blueback herring, and blueback shad.
          It's canned in the n. carolina area, in the chesapeake, and i believe in the quebec estuaries as well.


            Ships it from Virginia, although I believe the actual roe is from Canada.

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            1. re: DockScience

              thanks. excited about this. Ready for the reconstitued herring tempura, for use on caesar salads, for anything that calls for anchovies (once fried so the bones are edible).

              1. re: DockScience

                When I click on the link it says I am not authorized to view the page. Any suggestions?