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Jul 6, 2008 06:13 PM

Bklyn: Fish market with fresh scungilli?

Posting on a different thread got me thinking...I know a few restaurants where I can order scungilli, but where can buy it fresh when I want to cook it myself? I've only seen it in a can, the slices are often very thin, and it just doesn't taste as good. I live in Brooklyn Heights, so ideally something nearby, but for fresh scungili, I'll take a trip.

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  1. There's an Italian fish monger that I used for my entire life in Bensonhurst and they have it. They're on 18th Avenue near the corner of 86th St, but I don't actually know the name.

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    1. re: JFores

      it's sea breeze fish market, owners are from castellamare del golfo, sicily. everything is amazing and fresh, great prices.

      1. re: joeyBK

        Yep, that's it. Funny thing is I know the names of half the workers, where they're from, but not the store's name. Amazing store. The Christmas Eve lines are unbelievable (I drop like $100 there on Christmas Eve fish each year.)

        1. re: JFores

          Asian markets carry live whelks (what is sold as "scungilli" in the cans). There are two kinds- knobbed whelk, which is thick shelled,tougher, less tasty, and sort of grayish when cooked, and channelled whelk- which has a thinner, fuzzy shell, slightly yellowish meat, and is sweeter and more tender. Many places carry only the channeled whelks, as you would expect. Prices range from $1.75-$3.25/lb. From where you live, Chinatown is just a hop and a skip. I am not familiar with Asian markets in Brooklyn, but I would assume that the ones in Sunset park are just like the ones in Elmhurst and Flushing. Make sure that they are alive and moving when you pick them up. They will probably smell, because they are all piled on top of each other, but if they really stink then avoid them. They will break the shells for you on request. You could do them the traditional style- boiling for over an hour in seasoned water, then cooking in a sauce...or slice them thinly raw, then quickly saute.stir-fry, or even fry. They come out crunchy rather than tough when cooked that way.