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Where to buy fresh (or frozen uncooked) eels?

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.

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    1. re: OCEllen

      Eels in a small ceramic or clay pot with bitter caramel sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar, salt and pepper, garlic and onions.... YUM.

      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        Okay! Now I'm getting the picture...umm...taste!

    2. 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.

      1. I've seen them fresh a few weeks ago at the Korean Supermarket on Olympic near Vermont.

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        1. re: poggibonzzi

          Yes, exactly! I was going to mention the Korean market in the mall on Olympic and Western as well.

          1. re: aliris

            Second that one, I've seen fresh-looking (it may have been previously frozen and thawed) eel there occasionally.

        2. 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.

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          1. re: chowmominLA

            If you are going to broaden the scope to include the SGV then I will throw in Hong Kong Supermarket on Garfiled, just north of Garvey.

            I spotted them in the tank just yesterday, kicking and screaming.

            127 N Garfield Ave.
            Monterey Park
            626.280.8888

            http://local.yahoo.com/details?id=207...

            E.M.

            1. re: chowmominLA

              http://www.chow.com/places/29592

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              Hawaii Super Market
              120 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

            2. 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.