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Where can I find fresh octopus?

PinotPlease Jul 18, 2008 10:46 AM

Anyone know where I can find fresh octopus to grill in a Greek style salad? Preferably in the Hollywood/Mid-city area but can travel downtown. Thanks

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    bad nono RE: PinotPlease Jul 18, 2008 11:13 AM

    I buy it at the Koreatown Galleria supermarket (Western and Olympic). They have fresh octopus and also frozen.

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      Das Ubergeek RE: bad nono Jul 20, 2008 09:09 PM

      I'm interested -- is it ACTUALLY fresh, though, or is it frozen and thawed?

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        bad nono RE: Das Ubergeek Jul 20, 2008 09:26 PM

        They have it fresh, and they sell it either whole or "by the tentacle" (they also have fresh squid). They also sell it frozen. But be aware that they don't carry fresh octopus every day, and when they do most often than not it's "by the tentacle". They tend to have more choice on Fridays and Saturdays (i.e domestic monkfish AND monkfish from Thailand, cod, fresh sardines, several kinds of mackerels, etc.). They have live fish and shellfish as well, and they scale and gut your fish if you ask.
        As an aside, after several grilling and sauteing experiences, I noticed frozen/thawed gets better results if you like your octopus tender, not chewy.

        If you go there check their frozen section, they have cod roe, baby octopus and a zillion other things.

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          PinotPlease RE: bad nono Jul 22, 2008 01:15 PM

          Thanks for the tip. Went on Friday, no fresh but some frozen and some pre-cooked larger Japanese tentacle. Worked on the grill. Cheers.

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          Sgee RE: Das Ubergeek Apr 8, 2011 04:50 PM

          They were swimming in tanks at Assi in Ktown last weekend.

      2. DanaB RE: PinotPlease Jul 22, 2008 01:47 PM

        I know you have already made your octopus dish, but for future reference, they carry frozen baby octopus at Fish King, in Glendale. I've used it for Greek-style grilled octopus and it works great.

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          sushigirlie RE: PinotPlease Apr 6, 2011 10:48 PM

          Any other ideas?

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            smiling ed RE: sushigirlie Apr 7, 2011 12:26 AM

            Greenland market on Sherman way and white oak has baby octopus very reasonable.also
            The mini food court has a Chinese place that I really enjoy for their fresh made noodles in soup.the market is mainly Korean.

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              sushigirlie RE: smiling ed Apr 7, 2011 09:18 PM

              Thanks. A Grocery Warehouse on Sunset in Echo Park also has baby octopus. (I've never bought it.)

              Santa Monica Seafood has frozen octopus.

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            apple7blue RE: PinotPlease Apr 8, 2011 03:39 AM

            You guys should stage your own Old Boy scene.

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              rcompton RE: PinotPlease Apr 9, 2011 10:18 PM

              Assi supermarket in Koreatown has a live octopus tank.

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