Monchong, Taractichthys steindachneri

Illustration by Ubaldo Riboni

Illustration by Ubaldo Riboni

Description: Monchong are small deepwater fish found in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans. They are popular in Hawaii, but lesser known in the continental U.S.

Availability: No designated season

Taste: Monchong has 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.

Nutrition: Rich in B vitamins, phosphorus, and selenium. Good source of iodine and omega 3-fatty acids