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Moreton Bay Bugs in the Bay Area?

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thejulia Aug 30, 2006 11:10 PM

An article in the NYT today talked about a chef, Andrew Evans, near Baltimore who has several distincly Australian items on his menu. This plus a recent issue of Donna Hay, an Australian food mag, had me wondering if we've got any access to some of these ingredients in the Bay Area. I was specifically wondering about Moreton Bay bugs which sound delicious despite their name. Restaurants, purveyors, Google's not showing anything as far as I can tell.

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  1. hhc RE: thejulia Aug 30, 2006 11:15 PM

    you might want to call these people at Australian Product Co, Santa Clara.

    Australian Products Co.
    294 Brokaw Road
    Santa Clara, CA 95050
    Mon-Sat: 9am -5pm (Closed Sunday)
    Directions:
    Near the Santa Clara Costco
    Near control tower for San Jose Intl

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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      rootlesscosmo RE: thejulia Aug 31, 2006 12:00 AM

      Several years ago, when the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market was up at Green Street, there was a vendor who had live crawdads--active little critters, they'd climb right out of the bin and take off across the parking lot. I think they also sold boiled ones but my memory is dim. (Not just about crawdads, alas.) Anybody remember who that was or know what became of them?

      1. bluecat RE: thejulia Aug 31, 2006 01:28 AM

        Moreton Bay bugs are like mini lobsters or huge prawns. I had them on the Gold Coast south of Brisbane- halved and grilled. Very Good!

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          FlyBoy RE: thejulia Jan 2, 2007 09:31 PM

          Sorry. I just checked with Australian Products Co. and the person there (non-aussie accent) said they don't carry them. I called a company in Brisbane who said they would be happy to ship them to me ... minimum of 30 Kg plus shipping. Boy, what a BBQ I could have.

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            thejulia RE: thejulia Jan 2, 2007 10:29 PM

            30 Kgs of crustacean is pretty darn intense.

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