Not to be confused with FlossFish
nor the dental floss fish
(AKA Hawaiian cleaner wrasse), stir-fried shredded marlin fish floss is supposedly something used in Asian cooking, though we've never seen it on any local menus. It can be found in Asian markets, most often in clear plastic tubs or sealed packs.
The label suggests that the bouncy, stringy substance can be served as a condiment, stuffed inside a sushi roll or egg roll wrapper, and even smooshed between slices of bread for a sandwich. One blogger
said he or she uses it "as a topping for fried rice, with steamed glutinous rice, or with bread for breakfast or as a snack" and even shared a recipe for making some at home composed of tuna, onion, garlic, galangal, lemongrass, coriander, ginger, turmeric, sugar, coconut milk or cream, oil, and chili paste.
Whatever version that person made sounds a heck of a lot tastier than the sample we
attempted, as the brand we picked up contained only marlin, palm oil,
sugar cane, soy sauce, and salt.
"It ain't Meow Mix, but it sure does smell good..."
Photo by Riki Altman
And here's our product commentary in a nutshell:
Aroma: Not much. But it definitely resembles something I would feed a goldfish.
Appearance: Caramel-colored. Almost hairy and curly. Like brown peat moss.
Taste: Again, not much. Slightly sweet, slightly fishy. Nothing craveable, for sure. (The cat thought it was divine, however.)
Who should eat this? People who aspire to be felines or those who like chewing on loofahs.