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May 25, 2006 08:34 PM

where to buy fresh spot prawn?

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just read that they're in season now. have never seen before, but i sure could go for some fresh shrimp. i've seen fresh gulf shrimp available, but would rather get something from the west coast.

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  1. 99 Ranch often has them live and swimming in tanks or at the self-serve section. I pick the medium sized ones because the flesh is more tender and sweet. All I do is dunk them in boiling water (flavored with green onions and ginger) for 1-2 minutes and eat them as is or with a bit of rice vinegar dipping sauce with minced ginger.

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    1. re: Porthos

      Bought some live ones from Ranch 99 in Milpitas, about $16.99/lb. Another variety I prefer is the "Coonstripe" shrimp, also sold at Ranch 99 for $9.99 a lb. Smaller but I prefer the taste and texture.


      1. re: SG

        I didnt know they called "Coonstripe Shrimp"!
        They taste better than those spot prawn imho.



    2. Monterrey fish usually has Alaskan spot prawns. They are large, meaty sweet and delicious.

      1. Spotted prawns, my favorite! In Oakland Chinatown you can sometimes find them live at the large market at 259 10th St. Used to be Good Luck Supermarket, now it's called Silver-something.

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        1. re: Maya S

          Is this the market that used to be called A-1 Thai or something like that? Across the street from the playground? A meat and fish counter all across the back of the store?

          I used to shop there once a week but haven't been in some time now.

          I got some really good spot prawns a couple of weeks ago at BBowl's fish counter but yesterday they didn't have them.

          1. re: oakjoan

            It is across from the playground and the meat/seafood counter runs along the back. Not much English spoken behind the counter but the offerings are fresh and the guys good natured. They have a parking lot, which is a big plus for me. They usually have fresh yuba (tofu skin), another reason to go. ... I don't think it's been called A-1 or anything-Thai for the ten years or so I've lived in Oakland.

        2. If you live in the East Bay, Hudson Fish has them right now. They sell at the El Cerrito Saturday farmers' market, as well as the Thursday Berkeley market. I like to support these guys because they're local fisherman, with amazing stuff, and they're probably pretty hurting right now since their main business this time of year is normally salmon, and the salmon season has been pretty much shut down this year. You can contact them to reserve an order at:


          1. My friend used to buy a whole styrup foam box 24x12x12 for about $100.00 out of Oakland,CA. He recently passed away. I am currently looking to buy such as sale, but don't know which market in oakland to go to. Can anyone help me please?

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            1. re: Food4Thoughts

              Live spot prawns sold in a box? Are they in sea water?