Fresh Monchong, also called Pomfret, has transluscent pinkish flesh and lends itself best to grilling or searing.
Monchong Flavor Profile
Monchong is an exotic Hawaiian fish with large flakes and pink-white flesh which is snow white when cooked. It has a semi-firm texture with a medium oil content and a mild but sweet flavor.
Typical Cooking Methods
Utopia Fish, Pomfret, Lustrous Pomfret, Sickle Pomfret
Description (Eumegistus illustris)
Monchong is a relatively small fish, growing to 4 - 25 pounds. Color is dark-brown to black. Caudal fin is rounded in young and juveniles, forked in adults.
Typical Wholesale Products
Fresh Monchong Availability
Fresh Monchong availability chart: green areas show peak availability, light green show limited availability, gray indicates not available fresh. Monchong is a by-catch fish and therefore has inconsistent availability but is available all year as caught.
Monchong Butchering Yield % and Recovery
|Item||To Skin/On Fillets||To Skin/Off Fillets||Notes|
|Whole Head/On gutted 20 lb fish
|Skin/On Fillets||--||79%||If you have additional yield info on this fish please leave a comment below.|
|Yield % varies according to a number of factors including: size of fish, season, sex, and the skill of your fishmonger.|
Range & Habitat
Monchong is a deep-water fish. In the Pacific Ocean it is available in Okinawa, Fiji, and Hawaiian waters. In the Indian Ocean it is available in the western part of the equatorial zone.
Monchong Nutritional Information
based upon a 6 oz (171 grams) raw edible serving
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