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May 20, 2013 10:43 AM

Koreatown Grocer with Sashimi Grade Fish?

Dommy and I have moved to a house which closer to Koreatown than anything else in LA. Now that I can get OTA TV, I've been watching a lot of cooking shows on NHK World via KCSI's 18-2. On one episode of "3-minute cooking" was a Tuna and Avocado Donburi I thought that would be easy to throw together on a weeknight if I could find decent Sashimi grade fish nearby. Dommy is of the belief if I want anything of quality, I need to head to Mitsuwa, Nijiya etc. She thinks the stuff found at Galleria, Assi etc., won't cut it.

Any thoughts?

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  1. Han Nam Chain at Olympic and Vermont has the freshest seafood in ktown.

    1. The few times I've bought Sashimi in K-Town it wasn't as buttery and had that frozen taste. I know store bought Sashimi is frozen bought the ones from Japanese markets didn't have that taste.

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      1. re: Galen

        I once read that Koreans tend to prefer a little bit of frost in their sashimi... Of course that someone might have been trying to pull something over on me...


        1. re: Dommy

          i have never heard this and i certainly do not prefer my fish frosty. although, i do recall two occasions of being served semi-frozen fish in hwe dup bap from 2 different korean establishments. but i just figured it was poor execution on their part. so maybe there is something to what you read.. if true, it is a relatively new development and a very bad one in my opinion.

          if you're that close to ktown, why not check out the downtown fish market? frankly, i dont know if j-markets carry better sashimi than k-markets as a rule; depends what you're looking for and where you go and when you go. but you're certainly not going to find much variety in k-markets - you're basically looking at tuna, halibut, salmon* and chances are good it will be frozen (and meant to be defrosted before consuming!) but isn't most fish frozen before it makes it to the market anyway? unless you're buying directly off a fishing boat, i think most stuff you buy from a large grocer has been previously frozen.

          *edit: and geoduck! koreans love their geoduck for some reason.. i don't get it...

          1. re: soniabegonia

            Fresh caught fish does get 'frozen' but necessarily the deep frost that most folks think of as 'frozen'. The rock hard frozen tuna from TJs, although frozen quite soon after the catch, isn't the same texture as the stuff they sell for Sashimi at Murakai

            Anyway, yes I've had the same experience at korean sushi places... which is why I looked it up. And the D-Town fish markets is a good idea. Unfortunately we still work on the westside and they tend to close early in the day. During the weekend are are more than willing to go to Fish King, Seafood Paradise and/or McCalls for fish...


      2. Fish King in Glendale has a decent selection of fresh sushi grade fish. Not sure if that's too far.

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        1. re: MissBubbles

          Way to far, especially if I want to do it car free for a weeknight dinner.

        2. You know there's no such thing as "sashimi grade" fish right?

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            It was a way to get my point across for what I was looking for, which I think I did.

            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

              Good. Cuz didn't want you and Dommy! to be led astray.