I would like to get some black cod (sable) this weekend and need to go to a big Chinese market anyway, so I'd like to buy the fish there.
If the only fish they have is whole, is it OK to ask them to bone and clean it? What if they have both whole fish AND boned & clean fish -- can I ask them to bone and clean a whole fish in order to get a fresher cut?
I speak no Chinese and don't look Chinese, in case that affects your response. The place I'm going is 99 Ranch in Daly City, outside of San Francisco.