Taractichthys steindachneri

Monchong is an open-ocean species that's widely distributed in the warm waters of the Pacific. It is generally caught accidentally in longline fisheries targeting tuna, snapper and other species, and is becoming increasingly popular in Hawaiin restaurants. 

Monchong has a rounded shape, pointed fins and big scales. They weigh between four and 26 pounds, with fish over 12 pounds being of prime market size. Because of its high oil content, monchong is well suited for grilling but it can also be broiled, sauteed, or baked. 


Scientists know very little about the monchong's life history. This is due to the fact that it is a deep ocean fish with only a minor commercial fishery. 

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Monchong Food Info