Monchong Flavor Profile

Monchong Flavor Scale

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


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.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec


Butchering Yield % and Recovery

Item To Skin/On Fillets To Skin/Off Fillets Notes
Whole Head/On gutted 20 lb fish 60% 44%
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 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.

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Nutritional Information

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

* Calories/Calories from fat 250
* Protein grams 34
* Fat grams 12
* Saturated fat grams 2
* Sodium milligrams 120
* Cholesterol milligrams 100
* Omega-3 grams


Comments from before Site Migration

JINKLEY []    [ 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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