Alternative Names: Bolu, Awa

Monterey Bay Recommendation: Take a pass on milkfish unless it's eco-certified by Naturland.

Uses in Cooking: These are important in Indonesian cuisine and are often smoked or pressure cooked which softens their many pin bones.

Similar Fish: Sole, ballyhoo, rainbow trout

Description: These fish have small tight flakes and dense meat. The flavor is mild to moderate, and it is filled with many bones.

Fun Facts: Unofficially, the national fish of the Philippines, most Americans have never eaten this fish, but it represents almost 20% of the global finfish catch each year.