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Jul 25, 2008 02:10 PM

Soaked salt cod?

Does anyplace (besides maybe Boulette's Larder) sell soaked salt cod? On occasion I've seen it on Fridays in an area where there's a large population of Catholic immigrants.

No problem soaking it myself, of course, just don't always want to have to wait a day to satisfy a brandade or grand aioli craving.

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  1. I was just about to post a question about salt cod myself. I can't answer yours but maybe you can answer mine. What markets in San Francisco sell salt cod (unsoaked)?

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    1. re: PumpkinHead

      Pretty much any Italian deli and most supermarkets.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Thanks, I'll keep looking. So far I've checked Bryan's, A.G. Ferrari, Safeway and Luckys.

        1. re: PumpkinHead

          I've bought it at Lucca on Valencia and the Safeway near 30th and Mission.

          Sometimes they stick it in weird places so it's smart to ask.

      2. re: PumpkinHead

        There's a mexican market, Casa Guadelupe, on Mission just south of 25th street, next to Mission Pies. They keep it near the checkout counter.

        1. re: Zeldog

          I haven't seen the presoaked salt cod in SF.
          Andronicos on Irving has carried salt cod in boxes. (cut up)
          The Greek/Middle Eastern market on 22nd and Irving usually has the whole cod in a box near the front enterance.

          1. re: Zeldog

            I haven't seen the presoaked salt cod in SF.
            Other places that carry salt cod include Andronicos on Irving (cut up in boxes) and the Middle Eastern/Greek market on 22nd and Irving.

            1. re: Zeldog

              ps - That's plain old bacalao at Casa Guadalupe, not pre-soaked. Never seen pre-soaked anywhere. It's sold by the piece, not in those cute little boxes.

          2. I've seen it at some Russian Markets. It may be a different style then what you're looking for but I've seen some extensive options for dried/salted/soaked fish. If you wanted Bacala instead, Lucca, and AG Ferrari carry it, and I'm pretty sure Whole Foods does as well.

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            1. re: sugartoof

              Finding dry salt cod is no problem at all. I usually buy it at Spanish Table because they have a high-quality brand and store it cold.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                If any Russian market would have it soaked it would be Europa Express 2 which had a pretty impressive dried, pickled, etc fish display.

            2. I have seen it soaking at Woodside Deli. Not sure if they still do, but I suppose you can call them.

              Woodside Delicatessen
              1453 Woodside Rd, Redwood City, CA 94061

              1. I just googled pre soaked salt cod and your post came up. Until I saw Lidia using it on her "Lidia's Table" program on Maryland PBS I didn't know such an animal existed. I've never seen it around here (southern Delaware) or in my native Philadelphia so I mailed her webiste asking where I could find it. Don't know if I'll get a response but it sure would make my life a lot easier.