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Apr 16, 2013 08:53 PM

Sushi afficianados: is there octopus roe to had in Los Angeles?

Is there?

Hump apparently did. But we all know how that story ends.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Haven't been in a while. Going to Shunji these days.


    1. Takomanma (octopus roe): I just had some at Tsukiji a few weeks ago.

      In L.A. - I haven't seen it since one dinner omakase at Sushi Gen some 3+ years ago.

      Maybe I'll ask Maru-san at Mori or Yama-san at Yamakase if they'll serve it on a future visit...

      Shako (mantis shrimp) - Now there's a jonesin' I need to sate...

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      1. re: J.L.

        Hmmm, maybe a trip to the OC is in the itinerary.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Oh no, please allow me to clarify! I meant Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo.

          Sorry, man.

          1. re: J.L.

            Actually my bad since Tsukiji in Gardena shuttered some 4 (or 3) years ago.

        2. re: J.L.

          Shako (mantis shrimp) - Now there's a jonesin' I need to sate...
          Oye, +1 please!

          The only time I've had this live for sushi was at Kiriko one night also 3+ years ago.

          1. re: Porthos

            1 Chowhound = jonesin'
            2 Chowhounds = QUEST

            1. re: J.L.

              I'm sure if we ask Shunji he'll keep an eye out.

              I don't doubt that we could polish off whatever he comes across.

              1. re: Porthos

                I've always considered bringing my own live seafood to a sushi joint and asking the itamae to serve it up - One can purchase VERY alive mantis shrimps in Rosemead.

                Liability issues, etiquette, and plain ol' chef's pride all get in the way of this, however...

                1. re: J.L.

                  I have a friend in SF who's husband dives for abalone. They go to a sushi restaurant with said abalones...1 for the restaurant and 1 to be prepared for them.

                  I agree I would not try this with Shunji unless you delicately navigate that beforehand.

                  1. re: Porthos

                    I have known itamae to accept interesting food ingredients that aren't in theire wheelhouse and incorporate them into the meal. I was telling Shunji about jamon serrano (since he hadn't had it before but does use prosciutto in some of his dishes) and keep meaning to bring him some.

                    1. re: Porthos

                      There is the grading from the city that would most likely not allow you to do this.

                    2. re: J.L.

                      "mantis shrimps in Rosemead."

                      Where are they from? South China Seas? Vietnam/Thailand?

              2. re: J.L.

                Now where do we get mantis shrimp in LA ?

                And that reminds me that I'm overdue on another visit to Mori.

              3. Both Kiriko and Shunji were serving iidako (baby octopus) with roe in them a few weeks ago. Here's the one I had at Kiriko.

                Unfortunately, it looks like that was the tail end of iidako season, but I'd definitely call up the usual suspects (Shunji, Kiriko, Mori, Zo, etc.) to see if/when octopus roe is available or could be sourced.

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                  1. re: PeterCC

                    That looks good. Is that mirugai with it, or hamachi?

                    1. re: Veggo

                      Heh, neither. It's fresh takenoko (bamboo shoots).

                      1. re: Veggo

                        Mirugai = geoduck. That's too hilarious :)

                        1. re: c oliver

                          The name or that veggo mistook bamboo shoots for it?

                          If the former, then yeah, funny name. Even funnier (or at least as funny) is the fact that you pronounce it gooey-duck rather than geo-duck.

                          If the latter, if you're not viewing the larger photo, the takenoko can easily be mistaken for either of the things veggo mentioned. Even in the larger pic, it's not immediately apparent that its bamboo shoots.

                          1. re: PeterCC

                            Oh, definitely the former. Take something from the US, give it a Japanese name. It tickled my funny bone :) And the pronunciation has always amused me also.

                            1. re: PeterCC

                              Thanks, Peter. I learn a lot here.

                        2. re: PeterCC

                          "...usual suspects (Shunji, Kiriko, Mori, Zo, etc.)..."
                          _ _ _ _ _ _ _

                          The chef/owner at Sushi Iki, Eddie, in Tarzana has an astounding array of live items. It might be worth checking there as well.

                          Sushi Iki (not to be confused with Sushi Ike)
                          18663 Ventura Blvd.

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              I'd do the jubilation dance if I could find something for YOU!