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Dec 22, 2012 02:54 PM

Melbourne: Looking for salmon roe in the sac

I'm a recent transplant to Melbourne (from San Francisco) and am eagerly seeking fresh salmon roe with which to make ikura.

I have tried at Victoria Market but to no avail. If anyone in this town sells the stuff, I'd very much appreciate hearing about it!

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  1. Easy! There are two producers - a guy in the Yarra Valley (yarra valley salmon, oddly) and Huon in Tassie.

    Here's the list of YV stockists.

    Even though its not on the list, in terms of quality, I would have thought Tsukuji in South Yarra is probably your best bet (give them a ring though).

    Where do you live/ work?

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    1. re: mr_gimlet

      Thanks mr_gimlet!

      It looks like those guys sell salmon caviar but that's not exactly what I'm looking for... I'm looking for the raw material for the caviar, which I will then make into caviar myself.

      The way I've been able to buy it before, it comes in entire egg bladders: basically big sacs of eggs that come out of the fish in a huge lump. It looks kind of like this: (though the roe in that picture has been marinated


      I live and work in West Melbourne, just north of Flagstaff Gardens.

      1. re: argon

        Ah, in which case I would ring tsukuji and Yarra Valley Salmon. They would be the only places i could think of for something so unusual

          1. re: mr_gimlet

            I'd also try Conway's in Footscray. I'm sure with enough notice they would be able to do it for you.