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tiny, crunchy crabs??

elegantelliot Jun 9, 2008 01:27 PM

i had them at a restaurant over the weekend and loved them. They were small and crunchy and you eat them whole. Anybody know more about them? or where in the area i can find them? thanks!

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    hon RE: elegantelliot Jun 9, 2008 01:29 PM

    Try H-Mart or Lotte Plaza.

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      elegantelliot RE: hon Jun 9, 2008 01:52 PM

      thanks, what about any restaurants?

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        hon RE: elegantelliot Jun 9, 2008 05:43 PM

        Not sure about that! Are the ones you had a little bit sweet?

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      FoiGras RE: elegantelliot Jun 9, 2008 05:10 PM

      Are you referring to soft shell crabs? I've never heard of "tiny, crunchy crabs." I've dined on soft shell crabs which were fried to a crunchy texture (as those served at Captain Harvey's in Owings Mills). But, they weren't "tiny." The crabs you speak of sound intriquing and I WANT SOME. FoiGras

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        Indy 67 RE: FoiGras Jun 9, 2008 05:42 PM

        If you ever go to Venice, Italy at this time of year, you'll be able to eat tiny soft-shell crabs called either moleche or moeche. But I don't know what -- if any -- relationship those tiny Venetian Lagoon crabs have with our local blue crab soft-shells.

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          hill food RE: Indy 67 Jun 9, 2008 11:50 PM

          who'd care? you'd be in Venice!

          'spensive here. running around $6-8 per fresh (uncooked)

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            Indy 67 RE: hill food Jun 10, 2008 02:45 AM

            What's running $6-8 uncooked? Tiny blues? Regular-sized blues? Moeche? And if you're referring to moeche available locally, where are you finding them?

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              hill food RE: Indy 67 Jun 10, 2008 05:55 AM

              I was seeing Blue soft (cleaned) maybe 6" across claw to claw at the E. Market for that $ a week or so ago. (sorry, been distracted by the wonders of the new Teeter - live lobster! actually haven't tried those, but they look very active).

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        4X4 RE: elegantelliot Jun 10, 2008 05:32 AM

        I don't know, but I'm really looking forward to Monkeyrotica's reply. :)

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          treetop tom RE: elegantelliot Jun 10, 2008 07:08 AM

          Sounds like sawakani or sawagani, flash fried japanese river crabs. They are about the size of a quarter and you just pop them in your mouth, shell and all. I got some of them in a cello bag at H Mart but doubt you could get them fresh. They carry a parasite that causes lung problems if they are not cooked thoroughly. OK as a crunchy novelty, but not much flavor to speak of, at least the ones I had.

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            Ericandblueboy RE: elegantelliot Jun 11, 2008 06:23 PM

            What restaurant and what was the dish called? I'm just intrigued.

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              elegantelliot RE: Ericandblueboy Jun 12, 2008 07:24 AM

              it was at Japonais in Chicago. And it came on the side with the Kani Claws. there were 2 of them and they were delicious.

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