Monchong Flavor Profile

Monchong Flavor Scale
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Fresh Monchong, also called Pomfret, has transluscent pinkish flesh and lends itself best to grilling or searing.
It 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

  • Bake
  • Broil
  • Deep-Fry
  • Grill
  • Poach
  • Saute
  • Smoke
  • Steam
  • Sushi

Alternate Names

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.

Monchong.jpgMonchong whole fish Randall, J.E.

raw MonchongMonchong fillet www.honolulufish.com

 

Fresh Availability

Fresh Monchong availability chart: green areas show peak availability, light green show limited availability, gray indicates not available fresh. It is a by-catch fish and therefore has inconsistent availability but is available all year as caught.

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSeptOctNovDec

 

Butchering Yield % and Recovery

ItemTo Skin/On FilletsTo Skin/Off FilletsNotes
Whole Head/On gutted 20 lb fish60%44%
Skin/On Fillets79%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 RangeAquaMaps Data sources: GBIF
Monchong Range is limited-click for larger image

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.

Typical Wholesale Products

Fillets

 

Nutritional Information

based upon a 6 oz (171 grams) raw edible serving.

* Calories/Calories from fat250
* Protein grams34
* Fat grams12
* Saturated fat grams2
* Sodium milligrams120
* Cholesterol milligrams100
* Omega-3 grams

 

Comments from before Site Migration

JINKLEY [75.19.40.253]    [ May 13, 2012 ]

Just had this fish in Hawaii… It was one of the best meals I have had in a very long time.  Delicious.

 

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alfonso soriano

we have an abundant of this fish off the coast of antique province, philippines. very nice rich taste, and we can have it any time we want.

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