This weekend a friend of mine caught a beautiful 12 lb. chinook salmon off of the Channel Islands (yes, they come that far south). He gave me a generous portion of it, plus the head. I made a classic Japanese soup using the head, miso, mirin, seaweed and somen noodles. Yum.
Oh, and I broiled the collar of the fish with some ponzu sauce, and we picked out that delectably unctious, fatty meat around the bones. Wow.
This got me to thinking that I need to locate a good Japanese market, preferably in my mid-city, Miracle Mile neighborhood. I got lucky with the ingredients at Whole Foods, but surely I'm missing out on some wonders that only a Japanese market would have.
I'll be doing a lot more fishing this summer, and fish to me means Japanese food.
Relative to midtown, I think you'd get the most out of Nijiya on Sawtelle. The store itself is somewhat small compared to the average Mitsuwa, but they carry so much more variety. Marukai (the original warehouse store) on Artesia in Gardena has the largest selection and some of the best prices - consider it to be a Japanese Costco but with so much more inventory. It is a membership store, but I think they add like a buck to your bill if you don't have a card.