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Aug 19, 2006 02:06 AM

Most exotic / widest variety fish market in LA?


This might seem like a strange request, but for work reasons I need to photograph the skins/shells of large variety of exotic sea critters like squids/clams/urchins etc. Does anyone know of a fish market in the LA area that offers a very wide variety of exotic and strange sea life?

I'm thinking that Asian markets might offer a wider variety than the run of the mill open markets around town, but I have no idea how to evaluate and track them down.

any help would be greatly appreciated,

- TJ

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  1. You know, I've been meaning to post this for a while now, but your post finally spurred me on...

    Vien Dong Inc., d/b/a
    *Superfood Warehouse*
    2650 Rosemead Blvd. (Around the corner from El Taco Nazo on Garvey)
    South El Monte, CA 91733
    (626) 444-8351
    (Also has smaller-sized stores in Orange and San Diego Counties)

    My ABC sister-in-law and Chiu Chow (or is it Chaozhou?) B-I-L tipped me off on what is known as "The Asian Costco."

    Big produce section, even bigger seafood department with three aisles of fish tanks, meat dept., canned and jarred goods, etc.

    Not spic-n-span clean like Mitsuwa or Marukai, but worth the trip for anyone, and might be of some photographic interest to you.

    1. Assi (8th and Serrano in Koreatown) has a pretty good seafood section. Although it's probably not as large/comprehensive as the one mentioned in the previous post, it's definitely better than those at most other Japanese and Korean markets.

      1. Thanks for the tips folks - I'll be checking out the "Superfood Warehouse" on Saturday, but if anyone else has additional recomendations, by all means post em! I will be working on this for several weeks.

        - TJ

        1. Quality Seafood on the Redondo Beach Pier has the most insane collection of fish and life shelfish out there... I'm tempted to buy live conch there although I have no idea how to work with it!!