Where to buy fresh (or frozen uncooked) eels?
- Das Ubergeek Mar 4, 2008 12:49 PM
The ones at my local 99 Ranch are all frozen and pre-cooked. I don't want pre-cooked. Ideally I'd like whole, gutted eels -- I want to cook them in caramel sauce.
So where do I get eels? I'm in OC.
That might be a tall order. I've seen whole smoked eel at Quality Seafood in Redondo, and I believe they smoke everything in house. If that's the case, they should be able to get you a whole wriggler.
The first place I would look is at Hawaii Supermarket, a massive Chinese supermarket at 120 East Valley (and Del Mar) in San Gabriel in the SGV. I went there for the first time a week ago and could not believe how big it was; bigger than any 99 Ranch market or any other Asian supermarket I've seen. They had live turtles for eating, so it wouldn't surprise me if they had live eels too; or at the very least, frozen, uncooked eels.
I'll probably go there again within a week or so and will report back.
Hong Kong Supermarket or Seafood Paradise (Rosemead). See my new post, but you might want to call. I saw them the first time I went to Seafood Paradise live in the tank, but they didn't have it last week.