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Fresh Herring In Seattle

JayDK Jun 20, 2012 01:04 PM

Last night I saw on Chow TV : link here


the story on fresh herring from Holland.
Anyone know where to get some in Seattle?

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    mrnelso RE: JayDK Jun 22, 2012 10:55 PM

    Try Fresh Fish Company, in Ballard

    1. gingershelley RE: JayDK Jun 23, 2012 11:55 AM

      I got some a month ago at Mutual Fish on Rainier Ave. Yum!

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        yummers RE: JayDK Jun 24, 2012 09:08 AM

        This doesn't answer your question, but:

        I'm writing this from northern Germany, where I have feasted on Matjesbrötchen -- raw herring filets and onion on a crusty roll. Simplicity itself and the epitome of fishiness.

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          Minok RE: yummers Jun 23, 2014 01:31 PM

          Yes, and this is in my brain for weeks and eating away at me and thus I'm also on a quest for FRESH herring fillets in the Puget Sound region, so that I can prepare them the proper way myself.

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          JayDK RE: JayDK Jun 28, 2012 01:23 PM

          Still looking.
          Mutual Fish, Seattle Fish, and Gilaurentis all said "NO."

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            Sloth RE: JayDK Jun 28, 2012 01:32 PM

            I'm in NY but the sellers here ran out last Friday. No more until next year. Probably the same in Seattle.

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            Minok RE: JayDK Jun 23, 2014 01:30 PM

            Would love to know who has the fresh stuff for sale (not already pickled, that is recently pulled from the cold ocean - so it can safely be eaten raw)

            1. chartreauxx RE: JayDK Jun 23, 2014 01:38 PM

              uwajimaya might be worth a shot. they often stock "weirder" fish.

              1. Gastronomicus RE: JayDK Jun 23, 2014 01:55 PM

                One thing that bothers me to end is posters who reply 'try this place' without ever actually researching it. You may be trying to be helpful, but NOT. Why would I waste my time if you're just throwing out a haphazard guess?

                Good luck finding this locally now. I personally have had great success via mail order, might be too late in the season already, but they cryo-ship and my experience was fabulous, at a price: http://www.russanddaughters.com/

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                  dagoose RE: Gastronomicus Jun 23, 2014 06:03 PM

                  I think it is helpful if people feel that a place is likely to carry what they are looking for. I'm not going to go and do the legwork of calling a place for you, but if I were personally trying to find the item, then I might take that suggestion and give them a call.

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                    Gastronomicus RE: dagoose Jun 23, 2014 07:12 PM

                    Fair enough, but FWIW none of the 'helpful' tips I've traced per this board have ever resulted in success. And there have been many. Still, you're entitled to your opinion: 'Hey, why don't you chase this down because I never did and am guessing.'

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                      chartreauxx RE: Gastronomicus Jun 23, 2014 07:21 PM

                      i do it because it's sincerely where i'd head first to look (or call) if i, personally, were seeking the ingredient. i'm trying to make suggestions that i think the seeker might benefit from - but how helpful is it to claim that the help offered here is unhelpful, when your help is not the OP's request? you found frozen herring shipped in - not fresh herring in seattle. i believe your intent is to be helpful - so is everyone else's on here.

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                        Gastronomicus RE: chartreauxx Jun 23, 2014 07:37 PM

                        Nope, it was fresh. By cryo I meant with freeze blocks, sorry for the misunderstanding. So I was being helpful, instead of throwing out maybes.

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                          chartreauxx RE: Gastronomicus Jun 23, 2014 08:00 PM

                          oops sorry! my misunderstanding. and i was trying to phrase mine just as a suggestion of a possibility, not as a "go here they have it!" :-) ah the internet, for its misunderstandings

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                            Gastronomicus RE: chartreauxx Jun 24, 2014 03:03 AM

                            You're solid, I was just venting. Seriously though, Russ & Daughters - albeit expensive - made me feel like I was in Denmark. Young, first of the season fresh herring shipped overnight. Top them with minced gherkins, yum.

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                        EatFoodGetMoney RE: Gastronomicus Jun 23, 2014 07:25 PM

                        Shit, I hope none came from me.

                        You are both making valid points.

                        Perhaps when recommending something you haven't tried, just put a disclaimer. Seemed kinda implied in chartreauxx post, at least that's what I took "might be worth a shot," to mean.

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                          chartreauxx RE: EatFoodGetMoney Jun 23, 2014 07:27 PM

                          i'm glad it came across that way! that's how it was intended :-) in general around here if i want a less-than-standard item, i think waji's for fish. i might call, or i might use the exploration as an excuse to grab dim sum whether waji's had herring or not!

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                            Gastronomicus RE: EatFoodGetMoney Jun 23, 2014 07:40 PM

                            Yeah good point EatFoodGetMoney.

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                      JayDK RE: JayDK Jun 23, 2014 07:34 PM

                      It's just a fish.
                      Nothing to sprat over.

                      1. Scrofula RE: JayDK Jul 1, 2014 12:47 PM

                        Try University Seafood and Poultry in the U District. Maybe call and check before making the trip down there.

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                          katnat RE: JayDK Jul 2, 2014 07:23 PM

                          I saw them today, wed July 2 at uwajimaya

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