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A visit to Thailand would teach you that the fish is "Thai tuna". Isaan, landlocked, don't have it. It comes from Samutsakhorn, between Bangkok and Hua Hin.

 

Then goes around the country. Not Isaan specific.

 

Actually, It is Plaa Too ปลาทู. A mackerel and a stable diet throughout Thailand as you say.

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Thai tuna, that's how I heard Thais naming it, never any other name. Along the road to Hua Hin, where they are fished, there are dozens of stalls selling it half dried (like 1 day sun dried).

 

That is easily explained, the thais you have met don`t know the names of various fish species, most likely only 2 or 3. And that certainly does not include mackerel.

The smallest tuna species is the Skipjack tuna, and still it grows up to 70 centimers or more.

 

Try ask them: What is the english name for ปลานิล Plaa Nin, Tilapia or ปลาดุภPlaa Duk, catfish. The 2 most common fish, found everywhere for sale in Thailand.

My guess would be, that you will come up with a blank :)

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Me, living in Samut Sakhon, I see the piles of fish daily.

 

The Thai Tuna looks more like the Japanese sanma (mackerel) :dunno:

 

No, different fish, sanma is long and sharp, wife ate it yesterday. Not the one we are talking about.

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Should I ask street vendors for the name of the fish in Latin?

 

Just say "Thai tuna" and they all know what fish it is. Have or "no have".

 

Yes, they prolly all know that pidgin name in your area.

Try that upcountry and all you will get is blank stares.

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Hi,

 

Have to agree with Pescator on this one. Had never heard the name 'Thai tuna' until it was mentioned here. My wife always refers to them as 'pla tu'.

 

Sanuk!

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You are right, "pla tu". First time I heard it was said "thai tuna", did not know how to say in English, just kept on calling it like that.

When I said it they must may guessed what I meant.

 

The point was, it is not Isaan fish, it's sea fish sold there as elsewhere.

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