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eezerik Feb 4, 2008 12:26 PM

Hi guys,

I need some help :) Here's the background

I'm a spearfisherman. I hate buying fish a day old much less 5 days old. I didn't enjoy Le Bernardin nor Watergrill, nor Santa Monica Seafood because nothing that they sell is fresh. Other than Asian markets which have limited selection, I would be very appreciative for leads for: freshest scallops, live fish, live shrimp, crabs, etc that are not available along the Southern California coastline.

Much appreciated!!!

  1. carln Feb 4, 2008 01:04 PM

    International Marine Products in downtown LA.

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      eezerik Feb 10, 2008 05:09 PM

      fantastic will be going here. WHills thanks, will try yours but it's a bit out of the way from where I work....next week!!!

      Thanks much. It's Seafood + Lobel's from NY...

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        carln Feb 10, 2008 07:19 PM

        ...always a winning combination.

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          Das Ubergeek Feb 10, 2008 08:20 PM

          Like any real fish market, the best stuff is gone by 7 AM so you need to be there, and be there EARLY.

          If that puts you off, I love me some Fish King in Glendale, just north of the 134 on Glendale Avenue. Nearly nine years I've been going there and never a bad, old or even middle-aged piece of fish.

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            slacker Feb 11, 2008 02:54 PM

            I love Fish King. It'd be a miracle if I could get up early enough to hit those other fish markets.

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              number9 Feb 11, 2008 10:37 PM

              +1 for fish king

              their stuff is always fresh

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          WHills Feb 4, 2008 05:52 PM

          Try Hong Kong Supermarket in Monterey Park, off of Garfield Ave for best live seafood. Live coral trout, rainbow trout, tilapia, bass, cat fish, eel, dungeoness crab, vietnamese crab, live abalone, spot prawns, etc. etc.

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            Conankun Feb 12, 2008 12:56 AM

            Hong Kong Market's fish section is overpriced, but more importantly it does not look clean. I mean they put fish on display of ice which is common. However, the ice looks dirty. Not sure if it is the display case itself or what, but it sure does not make the seafood appealing at all.

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              WHills Mar 4, 2008 07:10 AM

              Interesting observation. I generally get the live fish from the tank. I rarely if ever get the ones on the ice.

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                ipsedixit Mar 4, 2008 12:38 PM

                Is it really "live" if the fish is on the ice?

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            malibumike Feb 11, 2008 06:49 AM

            The Redondo Beach pier has some good fresh seafood markets.

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              WHills Mar 4, 2008 07:09 AM

              Seafood Paradise in Rosemead on Garvey Ave (see my post)!

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                vlad Mar 4, 2008 10:47 AM

                I too used to shoot fish (been too busy these days) and will not/cannot eat fish older than a few hours.

                You didn't note whether you are in LA or OC -- but if you are in OC, Pearson's Port is exactly what you are looking for. Husband is a commercial fisherman and wife sells the stuff. Their shellfish are usually live --- they'll be getting live spot prawns at the end of April --- and the fish is very fresh. I just bought some WSB the other day and it was glorious. Next best thing to going out in a kelp paddy and sticking it myself. Best thing, the lady (I forget her name) will always tell you how fresh her wares are. She has a reputation to uphold as she sells to all the local sushi joints.

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                Pearson's Port
                300 E Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA

                1. barryc Mar 4, 2008 11:20 AM

                  even if a fish is dressed before it goes into rigor, the act of spearing a fish creates trauma affecting the length of rigor (as does having the fish struggle before its capture) so i'm assuming that you're eating your catch fairly soon after capture. but if the fish is cooked and eaten before it goes into rigor, it tends to be mushy. the point is that "fresh" doesn't necessarily mean what people thinks it means.

                  seafood consultant jon rowley maintains that fish taste best when prepared while still in rigor. the average supermarket seldom offers fish in that state, and even of the asian markets, only the japanese chains really do the best towards keeping a fish in rigor (which if done correctly can last as long as 5 days or so) at time of sale. the chinese tend to steam their fish (or deep fry it & drench it in sauce) which produces mushy texture so it's not really a priority for them. haven't been to any other ethnic asian stores all that consistently so i can't comment on them.

                  i would have also recommended trying international marine but i wasn't aware that they went wholesale only. fish king is OK - but even they leave their fish unwrapped and sitting on ice IIRC.

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                    vlad Mar 4, 2008 10:19 PM

                    I have never had a problem with a fish being 'mushy'.

                  2. carln Mar 9, 2008 09:00 PM

                    Wow. Just got back from Seafood Paradise. This place is the real deal. Ive been to a lot of asian markets with live seafood but ive never seen a place like this in LA. This place looks like an aquarium store. They have so many different live seafood items, its amazing. I went to Hong Kong Market, and Hawaii market and while both were good, Seafood Paradise is on another level from any other seafood market in town. It is extremely clean and amazingly their prices are very competitive as compared to the other two that i visited.

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