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Fried Aku Bone - Anybody know where I can get some?

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Hi - I was wondering if anybody knows of a restaurant or store or specialty shop that offers "Fried Aku Bone" here in the Portland area. I always make it a point to pick some up when I'm on Oahu visiting family and haven't had any luck finding it here in the metro area. Thanks for any and all replies!

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  1. I'm curious - whats an Aku?

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    1. re: Kazy Ctn

      Aku is another name for skipjack tuna, but to be honest I've never heard of fried aku bone myself.

      1. re: JayinPortland

        Fried aku bone is something that I know a few restaurants offer on Oahu and a few stores (Sams Club) sell it as well, but for the most part it's a pretty standard dish at a meal when my extended family is gathering for a weekend of eating and talking story. Basically it's the center bone of the skipjack tuna that is cut into finger-food pieces and then fried. When you eat it, you pull the center bones apart and suck/gnaw on the inner as well as the outer cooked meat. Very ono (delicious) and I've been trying to find it in the metro Portland area for awhile to no avail. If it's not a "readily prepared" dish here in the area - anybody have recommendations on where they prefer to buy the fresh fish so I can cook it up myself at home?

        1. re: Mutch2Do

          I don't really do much fish outside of salmon myself, but maybe you'll be able to find something by getting in touch with one of the places on this list -

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/699716

    2. Newman's fish market, at City Market is a great place to start...you may also want to talk to the chef at Ate oh Ate, who grew up in Hawaii, and may have a connection to finding it, or ordering it. ABC Seafood on Powell, and Fubonn are also good places for fish.

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      1. re: cheeseisheaven

        Many thanks for the suggestion of Ate oh Ate! I can't wait to get over there to get a few goodies off their menu and pick the Chef's brain. The other fish markets are also definitely on my list for my excursion this weekend.

      2. I was at Uwajimaya in Beaverton yesterday and they had vacuum sealed packs of some sort of fish collars, probably Hamachi though. a solid alternative if you can't find the Aku.