Sunday, June 15, 2014
Escolar aka Waloo/Walu...Explosive Facts You Should Know!
Escolar also known as walu/waloo, butterfish, oilfish, super white tuna and king tuna is a delicious oily/buttery fish served in restaurants, often in sushi/sashimi dishes in fine sushi and Japanese restaurants. This is seriously my all time favorite. Recently, I visited one of my favorite local establishments where the chef/owner informed of a new dish he had with the main protein being escolar.
He said he could only serve it in a maximum of 6 oz. at a time. He didn't go into detail as to why, and after researching it, I realized he didn't go into detail because we were getting ready to eat lunch and it's not a topic one should discuss prior to dining :-D
According to a recent article I found at thekitchn.com titled 'Use Caution When Eating Escolar', ["Escolar is a type of snake mackerel that cannot metabolize the wax esters naturally found in its diet. These esters are called gempylotoxin, and are very similar to castor or mineral oil. This is what gives the flesh of escolar its oily texture. As a result, when full portions of escolar are consumed, these wax esters cause gastrointestinal symptoms.