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Dec 21, 2008 08:15 AM

T&T 'FRESH?!' Cut-Up Uncooked Alaskan King Crab - Buyers BEWARE!!!

In addition to live whole Alaskan King Crab, T&T is also offering cut-up 'fresh?' un-cooked portions at $20.99 a lb. Bought two gigantic legs yesterday from the Middlesfield store for $35. Steamed them, per the Hokkaido way, by sprinkling some good sea salt over them and for about 18 minutes. The result?!! What a mega-disappointment!! The meat texture was mushy and even tasted a little bit sour!. Definitely NOT FRESH, out of the water for too long or cut from a dead crab!

The worse thing is that I get to compare them with the amazingly tasty steamed live whole ones I had in Anchorage a few years back! Difference is absolutely night and day!

Definitely Buyers Beware!! Even with the whole ones, make sure they are alive and kicking!! Just because they are in a fish tank doesn't mean they are alive! For the price they are charging, they should be reported to the Better Businees Bureau!!

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  1. I agree with you CY. If fresh ones are available in same store, never buy dead ones. Meat of shellfish degrades rapikly as soon as they are dead. That is why majority of crab is cooked and frozen for sale. Like you mentioned, pick them up and make sure they fight. However I've bought live ones and were dead in few hours. Keep in mind that they are not fed in tanks. I guess they go on sale to move them out of the store. BTW The live BC Prawns are tasty as sashimi after they are dead for 5 to 6 hours because the meat breaks down

    1. Thanks for the heads-up.Suffice it say it doesn't travel well. Caveats aside, consumers should know better and sellers with reps(like T&T)should know better still than to sell crap.Frankly, I've never liked the seafood at the Mississauga store.Product is often as malodorous as Loblaws--trick is, you only clue-in once you unwrap it at home.

      1. I've posted in the T&T lobster thread about the live but inedible lobsters we got from T&T. Even thought they were not dead, they had mushy meat and we threw them out. I may go to T&T for other food, but definitely not for the live seafood. Even the scallops I bought there were not nearly as good as Bill's Lobster.

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        1. re: foodyDudey

          Mushy 'live' lobster! Interesting! Must have stayed in the tank without nutrition for too long!

          As an aside, I also bought a huge piece of Angus NY striploin at $6.98 per pound. Very nicely marbled. Thought I had a great deal until I got home, opened the plastic wrap and flipped the steak around! What a rip off! The fatty cap must be at least 3/4" thick!! Guess that must amount to at least 3 -4 oz!! Anyways, the steak was very tender and did tasted very good.

          With end to end BAD experiences, I doubt if I will shop there for seafood and meat again!!

          1. re: Charles Yu

            Adding to your bad experience, I bought a Geoduck(mirugai) at T &T. the guy pinched the tip and put it on the scale, bagged and priced it. As I was walking away the clam spewed water. I turned around and showed it to the counter person. He was peeved! At $26/lb there was about $15 difference when it was reweighted.

            1. re: katana750

              Yes, if at all, catch the fish mongers when they're just filling the tanks for live seafood... that would be when to tell them to get you the shellfish, before they get all soaked up with water.

            2. re: Charles Yu

              I recently had a similar steak experience at Loblaws. The old one-sided steak scam. Maybe the heavy discount should have been the clue. Maybe the lesson is get it fresh cut. T and T has some of the best prices for staples like Brome Lake duck parts.

          2. My experience has been similar with everything from T&T which is why we never shop there anymore. Expensive and freshness is questionable. We now just frequent a smaller chinese place close to our home and have been much happier ever since.

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            1. re: Wil

              I love T&T...even the so so dim sum, because it is convenient, great selection and fun.
              But..I do not buy their meat, and rarely their fish.
              I once tried a couple of steaks that fit all of my criteria, color, marbling, etc but it was not very good.
              Only once did I purchase a packaged fish, and when I returned home and opened it, the ammonia smell hit me.
              I believe they package their "last chance" fish.
              A Chinese friend told me to look before purchasing Lobster at T&T
              "Big head and big claws mean little and poor meat".
              I don't know if this is true, but she won't buy Lobster at T&T.
              I have purchased Lobster with no problems, in the past, but not recently.
              I do buy the live carp, and Frozen Shrimp as their selection is amazing.
              I prefer the Warden Steeles T&T to the Chery Street location for fresh produce.
              By the way, a while back there was a thread on best Egg Bread, (Challah) in Toronto, and I replied T&T.
              Has anyone tried it?

            2. Can we get genuine fresh King Crab here? I was under the impression that they couldn't be shipped live.

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              1. re: graydyn

                Yes! In almost all good fish mongers.

                Available in restaurant like O'Mei as well! Usually cook them 2-4 ways!