Taractichthys Steindachneri

Market Name(s): Monchong Sickle Pomfret Kuro Aji

Primary Source(s): Hawaii

Season: Year Round

Size Range:  4-25 lbs

Two species of pomfret, also known as monchong in Hawaii are harvested in small quantities by the longline and bottomfish handline fisheries. The predominant species is the sickle pomfret, distinguished by the forked shape of its fins and large scales that can be carefully removed & deep fried for an added delicacy.

Monchong are landed daily by Supreme Lobster's Hand Line Vessels the Princess K, Serenity & Miss Emma, packed & shipped directly to O'Hare the following morning. Usually caught in deep waters (greater than 900 feet), often in the vicinity of seamounts. Monchong can range from about 4 pounds to over 25 pounds, but the prime market sizes are fish over 12 pounds yielding a gorgeous 3-7# fillet.

Monchong has a slightly translucent, white flesh with pinkish almost luminescent tones. Its texture is firm yet supple and beautifully mild in flavor