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$2.99 Crab

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  1. $2.99 lb. crab at Wing Hing Meat & Seafood
    633 Clement St., San Francisco

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    1. re: Cynsa

      Picked up a couple dead ones this morning at Wing Hing, good sized for $1.99/lb. Lots of little old ladies clamoring for them.
      Good for a quick lunch before Thanksgiving dinner.

      1. re: monku

        If they are just dead maybe they will be ok, I have found in the past they lose the sweetest and texture quickly after they die. It was our pactice never to buy any dead crabs.

        1. re: yimster

          Had them for lunch...they tasted fine.

    2. none of these spots crack and clean it though, right?

      El loco

      1. I got local, live crab at Seafood Center on Clement (btwn. 9th and 10th) on Sat. afternoon for $3.99 a pound and they were delicious. Today I walked by Falletti's on Oak btwn Broderick and Divis and they had COOKED crabs for the same price. We didn't get any, but they looked great. They were charging $4.99 a pound to crack and clean them. I think that takes all the fun out of eating Dungeness crabs.

        1. I'm perfectly happy to crack and clean it myself,but I really don't want it alive. I just don't. Does 99 ranch sell them cooked? For the same price?

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          1. re: Glencora

            How you going to eat it?
            Steam it live then crack and clean it yourself. 99 Ranch will cook it for a price.

            Do I hear $2.98/lb. ????

            1. re: Glencora

              New Yong Kang Chinese restaurant in Fremont, off Fremont Blvd (south) sells them for about $13 cooked, Chinese style. If you want them, get them early since they tend to sell out by early evening.

              1. re: Glencora

                So Ranch 99 and Marina Foods will kill by removing top shell and quartering and clean the crab for you at no additional charge. Just ask. They will ask if you want to keep the top shell or not. You can then take home to cook however you please... boil, steam, stir-fry, etc. This is my preferred way as I think the meat tastes better/sweeter this way. Just to reiterate, these are live crabs to begin with from the tank that they get in daily. I paid $2.99/lb on Sunday.

              2. So, if I go the live route, my next stop would be an instructional post on the home-cooking board for "complete idiot's guide to cooking and cleaning crab." Anyone see a timely link to something of that nature?

                I wouldn't ordinarily go this route. But I've already spent nearly $100 on Dungeness in the five days since the first of the season hit the market. And that's just for me and a little bit for Sushi Monster III. It's just unconscionable to fathom that markup between the spot price on the dock and what some markets are selling it for once it's boiled, cleaned and cracked. If handling the live crabs and doing all the nasty labor myself might get my final price for crabmeat down to $1/oz, I'm game.

                Sushi Monster

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                1. re: Sushi Monster

                  No problem, everyone has to start somewhere. I Googled this up (for Alaskan Dungeness crab, but I'm sure its applicable to local San Francisco Bay Dungeness crab) duh...


                  1. re: Sushi Monster

                    I saw your calculation, and I thought it was way off. I think at some point in your calculations you substituted the price per crab for the price per pound, basically doubling it. Cleaning a crab is pretty labor intensive, so I don't begrudge them the cost, as long as it's not more than $1/lb.

                    At any rate, here's a article on how to cook a crab from the Chron a while back: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

                  2. I was all set to take my crab home alive from 99 Ranch. However, the fee to have it steamed was being charged sales tax. I think it added a *whopping* $.50 or so to my bill for a 2 pounder. Given what my time is worth, letting them do it was a no-brainer.

                    1. Marina Market, San Mateo, also has $2.99 lb. crab, and they will cook, crack and clean. I prefer hot out of the steamer crab, so I didn't see if they charged extra.

                      1. does anyone know of a fresh seafood market in the East Bay
                        around Brentwood, Antioch, Discovery Bay, Bethel Island to
                        get fresh crab...

                        1. Brought 3 big live ones home from 99 Ranch in Cupertino ($2.99/lb) yesterday morning, stashed them in the fridge. They were still alive at dinner time. Steamed about 15 minutes, cleaned and cracked them myself (it's not too hard)... tender and sweet! Garlic bread and Cakebread chardonnay on the side. Mmmm... gotta do that again soon.

                          1. FREE @ whole foods - cupertino

                            well...boiled/iced then cracked on ice for sampling anyways =)

                            i didn't bother, as i was in a rush to get through the massive holiday line.