Houston Asian Markets - Tarako?
Hello Houston 'hounds! I am looking to purchase some tarako - salted cod/pollock roe. I haven't found it in Austin, so was hoping some of you intrepid folks might have come across this in Houston's vastly superior Asian market offerings. If not, can I humbly request that when in an Asian market, you take a peek or ask around, and let me know here? Thanks for any help you can offer!
Tarako is available from Amazon.com and there are several listings on ebay. I have purchased Japanese products on ebay several times with no problems. Bonito, Wakame, etc.
I live right next to Chinatown in Houston but am not familiar with Tarako.
If you're able to give me a more detailed description of what you're looking for, I'll check out some of the markets for you.
Looking at Amazon and ebay, Tarako seems to come in several preserved forms but I think I have seen it "fresh" in the seafood section of some of the markets.
Hong King Market on Bellaire and Ranch 99 have great selections but I can check other places too. If you have a package that you can send a photo of that would be very helpful.
Sorriest for my delayed reply!
So, absurdnerdbird - I will put Nippon Daido on my list for my next trip! Thanks a million!
Houcasey - I did a little more digging and found out that it is also called karashi mentaiko. Here is a link to a blog with a picture of the package:
Scroll down to the second picture, and thank you SO much for keeping my quixotic desire in mind! I found places to order fresh frozen, but with exorbitant shipping charges...rather spend that money on gas to Houston!
I just returned from Viet Hoa and they had Spiced Capelin Roe and Spiced Flying Fish Roe. I didn't see Pollack Roe. Capelin Roe is smaller/finer than Pollack Roe but is has been colored red and it says spiced.
Viet Hoa is at Beltway 8 & Beechnut.
I will try to get to a couple of other markets next week. I did buy a package of the Capelin Roe to use for Sushi. They are in the frozen food section.
My problem is I don't read or speak any of the Asian languages so I have trouble asking for things. I was looking for Korean Chili Threads and struck out. They tried to sell me sewing thread and chili powder.