This weekend a friend of mine caught a beautiful 12 lb. chinook salmon off of the Channel Islands (yes, they come that far south). He gave me a generous portion of it, plus the head. I made a classic Japanese soup using the head, miso, mirin, seaweed and somen noodles. Yum.
Oh, and I broiled the collar of the fish with some ponzu sauce, and we picked out that delectably unctious, fatty meat around the bones. Wow.
This got me to thinking that I need to locate a good Japanese market, preferably in my mid-city, Miracle Mile neighborhood. I got lucky with the ingredients at Whole Foods, but surely I'm missing out on some wonders that only a Japanese market would have.
I'll be doing a lot more fishing this summer, and fish to me means Japanese food.