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Fresh Conch

honuboy Dec 16, 2008 07:57 PM

Just got back from the Bahamas. Anyone know where to buy fresh conch for cooking?

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    honuboy Feb 16, 2009 11:06 PM

    Just an update. 99 Ranch does have a 3lb box frozen conch for $30. As others have mentioned the "conch" is actually whelk. It has been partially cleaned, but you still need to remove some organs which reduces your amount of usable shellfish by a quarter to a third, depending on how good can clean a whelk. The taste and texture is decent considering it's frozen.

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    1. re: honuboy
      Servorg Feb 17, 2009 04:47 AM

      Whelk, conch me on the noggin and call me a sea snail...


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      chrisheadrick Dec 18, 2008 09:41 AM

      Was just admiring some last night at 99 Ranch Market, Del Mar & Valley.

      1. Tinitime Dec 17, 2008 11:48 AM

        Be careful. The conch on the east coast is Queen Conch. What they call Conch here on the west coast is actually a whelk.

        1. Professor Salt Dec 17, 2008 07:13 AM

          A little different from Caribbean conch but similar are whelks, aka scungili in the Northeast. Quality Seafood in Redondo usually has them in their live tanks.

          There was a recent discussion about restaurant prepared whelks

          1. ipsedixit Dec 16, 2008 09:18 PM

            Hawai'i Supermarket in SGV (corner of Del Mar and Valley)

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            1. re: ipsedixit
              grabtrees Dec 17, 2008 11:39 AM

              is there a hawaiian market around the west side?

              1. re: grabtrees
                ipsedixit Dec 17, 2008 08:22 PM


                Hawai'i Supermarket is not a Hawaiian market, despite its moniker. Hawai'i Supermarket is a Chinese grocery store.

            2. monku Dec 16, 2008 08:31 PM

              Sometimes I've seen it fresh at places like 99 Ranch Market. If they don't have it fresh they definitely have them frozen.

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