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fresh duck eggs?

does anybody know where i could find fresh duck eggs in los angeles? i tried china town, but, alas, because of my ignorance i bought baby duck eggs--which was, to say the least, unexpected. thanks in advance.

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  1. I have read, (both here on CH and on the web) that the South Pasadena Farmers Market has a vendor that sells them. If you check it out we hope you will let the board know if that's true and who has them for sale. (Have you thought about making a McArthur Park lake late night rubber boat run out to the island? ;-D)

    South Pasadena Farmers' Market
    Meridian Ave. at Mission St.
    near Orange Grove
    Thursdays, 4-7 p.m.
    (Rain or shine)

    1. As your looking for duck eggs, I assume you must have tasted them before (and liked them enough to hunt more down). Is there a big taste differance from our everyday chicken eggs?

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      1. re: Scotty

        i never really tasted duck eggs but i have been found to be allergic to chicken eggs so since my birthday is coming up, i wanted to bake myself a cake with duck eggs. i guess since i live across the street from echo park i might as well take tony's advice ;)

        1. re: laromagnola

          If you're allergic to chicken eggs are you sure you wouldn't also be allergic to duck eggs? Why not try some sort of vegan egg substitue. Alternately some of the box mixes will still rise fine without eggs due to all of the leavening agents they put in there.

      2. For Scotty: duck eggs yolks taste a little richer to me than chicken eggs, and are larger in size. Not a night and day difference, but noticeable. Supposedly, they make a more substantial difference in baking, but I haven't tested that.

        Balut Pateros has plain duck eggs and balut, the fertilized kind w/ the embyro inside.
        15075 Weststate
        Westminster, CA
        9333 E. Valley Blvd
        Rosemead, CA


        edit: Forgot to mention that Balut Pateros is also a wholesaler. If they're too far from you, you might ask if they have a more local retail account.

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        1. re: Professor Salt

          You can also get them "un-aged" at the balut place next to Asian Garden Mall on Bolsa -- it's just marked "Hot Vit Lon", which is Vietnamese for "balut".

        2. I'm pretty sure I've seen duck eggs at Surfas in Culver City...but I'm not positive...I know they have quail eggs....just can't remember whether they had both...

          Give them a ring


          1. Ranch 99 often has them - but you have to specifically ask sometimes.

            168 Market also carried them during their grand opening a few months back. 168 is located on the NW corner of Valley and New Ave. in SGV.

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              caution of the ones at 99 ranch and other asian markets, often they're "salted" duck eggs. not many carry the unsalted, so i snag a bag when i come across em.

              1. re: catbert

                At Ranch 99 or Hawaii Market (and many times at Shun Fat) they always have them in the back, but not always on the shelves. Just ask and they'll fetch you a carton or two or three ...

            2. Don't know where you can get fresh duck eggs, but I just picked up some rendered duck fat at Whole Foods. So if you find those duck eggs, you could try frying them in duck fat. I've been using the duck fat to fry eggs - seems to have a higher smoking point than butter.

              1. I believe most 99 Ranch locations sell duck eggs. I'll double-check next time I"m in there this weekend.

                1. I saw them at the Atwater Farmers Market, added bonus you can pick up some Bar B-que as well.

                  1. Your best bet for eggs of any kind is Peter Schaner of Schaner Farms in Valley Center, CA. He sells locally at the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmer’s Market at Arizona Ave. & 2nd St. between 8:30am and 1:30pm. Peter supplies a number of notable SoCal restaurants including Canele, Church & State and Palate.


                    1. Ai Hoa supermarket in Chinatown usually has them, and I've found, when scrambled at least, that they are definitely richer than chicken eggs, more "yolk-iness" and there's a little more graininess to the texture, there's something not as creamy smooth as a chicken egg. Good luck...or, uh, good duck!

                      1. Lily's at HFM sometimes has them. Hit or miss. But they are very delicious - like a more intense flavored chicken egg and - of course - larger. I would be very cautious about thinking the allergy would not carry over from chicken to duck. The protein in the white will be VERY smiliar

                        1. Kentor Farms (in Van Nuys). Chicken and duck eggs as well as chicken. They also sell at the Sunday Hollywood Farmers Market and the Sunday Encino farmers market.

                          Hollywood Farmers Market
                          1600 Ivar Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

                          1. Sorry it is Kendor Farmes.