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Shark Meat or alternative ?

osho Sep 24, 2010 09:56 AM

All this talk of Viva Goa in the Marina took me back to vacations I had in Goa with my parents back in the 70's.

I have many great food related memories from those days in Goa.

One of the dishes I crave from those days is Mori Ambot Tik - a fiery curry made with shark meat.

So - where can i buy shark meat ? Or maybe a Goan expat can point me to a good substitute.

Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch recommends avoiding it and mentions Pacific Halibut as a substitute - I am not convinced Halibut will fit the bill.



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2420 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: osho Sep 24, 2010 10:03 AM

    Maybe swordfish? Halibut's not much like shark.

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      nestorius RE: osho Sep 24, 2010 10:29 AM

      I have bought shark steaks at the new Berkeley Bowl in Emeryville but I'm not sure if it is always available. I recommend you call. I agree with Robert that swordfish would make a good substitute.

      Berkeley Bowl
      2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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        mdg RE: nestorius Sep 24, 2010 02:54 PM

        3rd that. When I was starting to cook back east, it was shark that was the substitute for swordfish that was no longer available.


      2. Ruth Lafler RE: osho Sep 24, 2010 04:19 PM

        Have you considered catching your own? Leopard sharks seem to be plentiful and easy to catch.

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          SteveG RE: osho Sep 24, 2010 04:38 PM

          Local-caught leopard sharks are OK:
          I know they're in estuaries like Tomales Bay

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            Ruth Lafler RE: SteveG Sep 24, 2010 05:05 PM

            You can catch them in the Bay, but I think they have pretty high accumulations of toxic chemicals.

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              alanbarnes RE: Ruth Lafler Oct 12, 2010 02:36 PM

              There are plenty of leopard sharks in San Francisco, Richardson, and San Pablo bays. I've never targeted them, but have caught plenty while fishing for other species.

              Most are undersized (the minimum length is 36"). But more significantly, the leopard shark I've eaten has had a distinctive and unpleasant flavor. Now I just throw 'em back.

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            gourmetwannabe RE: osho Oct 11, 2010 10:55 PM

            From a Goan expat: Ambot Tik can be made of skate wing and is usually found in Asian seafood markets. They can also be caught off the Tiburon pier.

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              gourmetwannabe RE: gourmetwannabe Oct 12, 2010 08:17 AM

              Correction: Catfish in lieu of shark is usually substituted.

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                Robert Lauriston RE: gourmetwannabe Oct 12, 2010 09:59 AM

                Skate, catfish, and shark are about as different as three fish can be.

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                  Veggo RE: Robert Lauriston Oct 12, 2010 10:23 AM

                  Although skate and shark are closely related, and both have been used to punch out counterfeit scallops.

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                    Tripeler RE: Veggo Oct 12, 2010 08:13 PM

                    Unfortunately, those bogus scallops are heavily breaded and deep-fried, and are often found in "Captain's Platters" -- and most people just don't notice because a lot of fried fish on these plates tastes like bad french fries.

                  2. re: Robert Lauriston
                    gourmetwannabe RE: Robert Lauriston Oct 12, 2010 10:46 AM

                    When I was in Goa, I had it frequently in Ambot Tik. I've also had it with catfish and it pairs quite well.

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