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desperately seeking holland herring in Toronto!

omegasea Nov 2, 2008 02:20 PM

Please - does ANYONE know where I can buy holland herring in Toronto? Not looking for rollmops or pickled herring. This is salted raw herring, usually frozen.. someone told me SLM sells a brand of Holland Herring...but where??? any tips much appreciated...

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  1. jayt90 RE: omegasea Nov 2, 2008 03:25 PM

    Many fish markets, such as Diana's or larger Loblaws and Sobeys, will have salt herring for sale. I don't know the source, but they look like they have been removed from the Dutch container and placed on ice. A place like Diana's will try to accommodate, with the original container if possible.

    Diana's Seafood
    2101 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R, CA

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      omegasea RE: jayt90 Nov 2, 2008 04:41 PM

      Thanks! I have heard Diana's mentioned in other online talks about herring so I think I will head there first. As for the Loblaw's and Sobey's, I've checked out several of their larger locations mid-town to downtown Toronto, and haven't found the salted herrings. An older dutch woman I know says she buys Holland Herring frozen from a Dutch specialty store somewhere in the northern parts of Toronto. Unfortunately she can't recall the name or whereabouts of that store as she simply drives up with her sister. Anyone have tips on that store? Sorry to be so vague..this is all I know..

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        Pigurd RE: omegasea Apr 17, 2011 08:39 PM

        does anyone know where this dutch store is for raw salted herrngs?

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          omegasea RE: Pigurd Apr 18, 2011 01:38 PM

          I found them at Food Depot - Islington/Lakeshore. They are $4.75 for a package of 2 full herrings.
          They are frozen, but they are from Holland, and they are the real deal, the raw salted herring.
          I defrost them overnight,rub them under cold water and serve up with diced raw white onion.

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            jayt90 RE: omegasea May 20, 2011 08:50 AM

            That is so simple, I'll try it.
            I have heard that fresh salt herring, available only in spring, is great, but never found these in Toronto.

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            sumashi RE: Pigurd Apr 18, 2011 02:59 PM


            Niemeyer Imports is where my family goes for Dutch food products, but I don't remember if they carry salted herring. It is just north of Hwy 7 and Leslie.

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              Pigurd RE: sumashi Apr 18, 2011 04:38 PM

              hmm this is pretty conviently located for me... do you just defrost the Matjes Herring and eat with some diced raw onions?

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                sumashi RE: Pigurd Apr 24, 2011 07:36 PM

                ok, just asked my dad about the holland herring and he says that Niemeyer does not have it at their store. But if it's matjes herring you're looking for, you can find it at Brandt ( they have stores in Burlington and Mississauga ) and also at Denninger's ( they are around the Hamilton area ). Yes we eat it with lots of raw onion!

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                Pigurd RE: sumashi May 20, 2011 06:46 AM

                niemeyerimports has a groupon today, 15 for 30... i got the matjes last time, not bad... ill use the groupon for some jars of herring and more matjes


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          pagan1 RE: omegasea Apr 18, 2011 03:32 PM

          You may have to head West: Starsky on 2040 DUNDAS STREET should have it! or there is a Dutch specialty food shop at new st and Guelph line in Burlington!

          2040 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L4X, CA

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            Yongeman RE: omegasea Apr 18, 2011 03:46 PM

            I haven't been, but drove past The Holland Store, at 2542 Weston Road, just south of the 401. Who knows?

            1. Googs RE: omegasea May 21, 2011 05:14 AM

              I saw the largest variety of ways to prepare herring at Vienna Fine Foods yesterday. It's (obviously) Austrian/German oriented, but I'm pretty sure if you give them a call they're gonna say they have it. Really. Never saw so much herring in one place before and I've vacationed in Amsterdam.

              Vienna Fine Foods
              1050 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough, ON M1K 1S4, CA

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