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Where can I buy head-on shrimp?

FatMess Jan 19, 2007 08:51 PM

Recently got James Peterson's seafood book, and he frequently refers to a shrimp broth, but you need head-on shrimp to make it. I've checked the LA Farmer Market fish shop and Whole Foods, and neither have it. Live in West Hollywood area, so I'd prefer something in that neighborhood, but I'm willing to travel a little ways to find. Thoughts?

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  1. ipsedixit RE: FatMess Jan 19, 2007 08:53 PM

    Any asian supermarket in SGV.

    I recently saw some very good specials at 168 Supermarket (corner of New and Valley) in Alhambra.

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      ml22 RE: FatMess Jan 19, 2007 09:00 PM

      Take the 101 down to Vermont and 3rd. Go to Seafood City or Maynila Grocery. You'll find all kinds of shrimps and seafood (headless and with).

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        czaplin RE: ml22 Jan 19, 2007 10:05 PM

        I would second the Seafood City rec. The one in the Eagle Rock Plaza has all manner of shrimp/prawn.

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          SauceSupreme RE: czaplin Jan 20, 2007 04:04 AM

          The Seafood City in Eagle Rock Plaza has the best seafood section around.

          But truly, any Asian market in any part of town of any size will carry shrimp with the head on.

          From your neck of the woods, probably the closest Asian market of good size is HK Market.

          It's on Western/1st just south of Beverly.

      2. Kitchen Queen RE: FatMess Jan 20, 2007 12:03 AM

        As well as any 99 Ranch Market.

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          TedJasper RE: FatMess Jan 20, 2007 05:20 AM

          Quality Seafood at the Redondo Beach Pier.

          1. luswei RE: FatMess Jan 21, 2007 01:31 AM

            Asian markets like A Grocery Warehouse on Sunset Blvd, HK Market on Pacific in Glendale and in LA on Western, and Fish King in Glendale sell shrimp with heads on. But have you tried asking the fishmonger at Whole Foods if they can procure you some shrimp with heads on?

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              poggibonzzi RE: FatMess Jan 21, 2007 07:26 AM

              I agree with all of the above. But do check out Hawaii Supermarket on the corner of Del Mar and Valley in San Gabriel just in case you need armadillo, ostrich, pheasant, frogs, turtles, goat, venison also.

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                FatMess RE: poggibonzzi Jan 23, 2007 02:56 PM

                Thanks for all the suggestions. This is great.

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                bulavinaka RE: FatMess Jan 23, 2007 09:06 PM

                Live is best, but you'll find frozen head-on in frozen blocks of water, which are your next best choice in terms of flavor. Most, if not all of the markets listed above should carry it.

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                  raytamsgv RE: bulavinaka Jan 23, 2007 09:35 PM

                  Remember to use cold water when defrosting. Warm water will alter the taste of the shrimp.

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                  socal boy RE: FatMess Jan 24, 2007 11:32 AM

                  I was at Shun Fat Market in Monterey Park and they had live swimming shrimp in a tank.

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