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2010-03-11

>medai, 目鯛, めだい, メダイ, "eye tai", Hyperoglyphe japonica

Continuing my tai (鯛) series. Akodai (赤魚鯛), ishidai (石鯛), kinmedai (金目鯛), madai (真鯛), amadai (甘鯛), kurodai (黒鯛) and, of course, our international star, matodai (的鯛/馬頭鯛). Also, don't forget taimeshi (鯛飯), and taiyaki (鯛焼).
Today's special fish is medai, 目鯛, "eye tai," our kinmedai's plain cousin?
me (目) + tai (鯛) = medai

Medai,
Hyperoglyphe japonica, may be tired-looking (he just naturally looks beat up), but never underestimate him. No one has to know he is ugly when he appears all cleaned and freshened up on dinner plates. He manages to appear in top-notch restaurant meals, thank you very much.

Finding him on the menu may not be so easy. Japanese butterfish? Pacific barrelfish? Simply medai?

If you do find him, he could very well become your new favorite fish. Remember the eye, 目.

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