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

ipsedixit Apr 16, 2013 08:53 PM

Is there?

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

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  1. Porthos RE: ipsedixit Apr 16, 2013 09:06 PM

    Yes. Had it at Mori when Mori was still at the helm.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/713645

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      ipsedixit RE: Porthos Apr 16, 2013 09:07 PM

      Is it still offered?

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        Porthos RE: ipsedixit Apr 16, 2013 09:16 PM

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

        JL?

    2. J.L. RE: ipsedixit Apr 16, 2013 09:21 PM

      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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        ipsedixit RE: J.L. Apr 16, 2013 09:23 PM

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

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          J.L. RE: ipsedixit Apr 16, 2013 09:28 PM

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

          Sorry, man.

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            ipsedixit RE: J.L. Apr 16, 2013 09:32 PM

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

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          Porthos RE: J.L. Apr 16, 2013 09:35 PM

          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.

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            J.L. RE: Porthos Apr 16, 2013 09:39 PM

            1 Chowhound = jonesin'
            2 Chowhounds = QUEST

            1. re: J.L.
              Porthos RE: J.L. Apr 16, 2013 09:44 PM

              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.

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                J.L. RE: Porthos Apr 16, 2013 10:41 PM

                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...

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                  Porthos RE: J.L. Apr 16, 2013 11:00 PM

                  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.

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                    PeterCC RE: Porthos Apr 17, 2013 03:11 PM

                    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.

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                      kevin RE: Porthos Apr 17, 2013 04:21 PM

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

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                      K K RE: J.L. Apr 17, 2013 01:08 PM

                      "mantis shrimps in Rosemead."

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

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                kevin RE: J.L. Apr 17, 2013 04:20 PM

                Now where do we get mantis shrimp in LA ?

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

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                  J.L. RE: kevin Apr 17, 2013 04:57 PM

                  Here you go...

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/854378

              3. PeterCC RE: ipsedixit Apr 17, 2013 03:10 PM

                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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                  ipsedixit RE: PeterCC Apr 17, 2013 03:49 PM

                  Thanks Peter.

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                    Veggo RE: PeterCC Apr 17, 2013 04:04 PM

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

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                      PeterCC RE: Veggo Apr 17, 2013 04:14 PM

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

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                        c oliver RE: Veggo Apr 17, 2013 06:53 PM

                        Mirugai = geoduck. That's too hilarious :)

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                          PeterCC RE: c oliver Apr 17, 2013 07:01 PM

                          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.

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                            c oliver RE: PeterCC Apr 17, 2013 07:22 PM

                            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.

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                              Veggo RE: PeterCC Apr 18, 2013 06:45 AM

                              Thanks, Peter. I learn a lot here.

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                          liu RE: PeterCC Apr 18, 2013 01:05 PM

                          "...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.
                          #818.343-3470

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                            ipsedixit RE: liu Apr 18, 2013 02:54 PM

                            Thanks liu.

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                              liu RE: ipsedixit Apr 18, 2013 03:00 PM

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

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