Turtles in Chinatown
I've been dying to get one and try it. Perusing recipes, I see there are either Snappers or Sea Turtles. Does anyone here know which is sold in Chinatown and then, also, any suggested recipes?
The usual is soup, although that's not necessarily just Chinese. In fact, quite a few cusines make turtle soup. I think they're also stewed.Could be more but that's what I usually see.
No experience with the Chinatown turtles, but we bought turtle meat from Polarica a while back, and tried to make a Maryland style turtle soup. Just a word of warning--turtle meat is extremely "fishy" smelling. If you haven't done it before, and weren't raised on turtle soup, it may turn out to be a low reward type of home cooking project!
The most common live turtle sold in SF Chinatown is probably the spiny softshell [Apalone spinifera]. They are typically available live or pre-slaughtered and quartered.