So I wanted to start cooking some steamed whole fish (striped bass in particular). The prices in Chinatown fish markets seem reasonable, but I'm torn between buying something from the tank - or sitting on ice. The fish sitting on the ice look/feel/smell fresh, but I'm just curious about how long they've been sitting there. Is it possible these were dead fish from the tank that they just put on the ice? Where did the striped bass really come from? Is it possible it was actually frozen and just defrosted in the morning?
I know nothing is fresher than fish from the tank, but it's much more expensive. i'm just curious about where the fish really came from. Are some days better than others to get fish? If the fish on the ice can be somewhat 'comparable' to fish out of the tank, i prefer to buy that instead because it's cheaper. Any thoughts you fish experts?