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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!

              2. T&T is the absolute worst; it boggles my mind why people shop here for their meat. Is it to save a buck? Buying meat from a questionable, dirty supplier may be detrimental to your health. I would pay the extra buck or two and get it from a quality source..

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                1. re: duckdown

                  But T&T is kinda like a Loblaws or Metro .. a higher end Chinese supermarket. If not T&T, then where for a one-stop-shop? I mean - anywhere - would one not smell and touch and see before buying anything to see if its fresh? For T&T, I think that it's a reasonable place to shop, no?

                  1. re: duckdown

                    Agree I don't shop at the dirty shops. I prefer the big stores even if i have to pay more. No T&T for me.

                    1. re: duckdown

                      T&T has a different selection of meats if you are used to Loblaws. Pork belly, black chicken, geoduck, goat, etc., and yet, their beef is graded AA or AAA. I don't think anyone has applied 'dirty' yet, as they are very clean, and open in all they do. There is an amazing variety of food available there, but you may have to adapt to it a bit.

                      1. re: jayt90

                        "but you may have to adapt to it a bit" Right, jayt90, like raising my gag reflex level...Point is, T&T in Mississisauga is about the last place I'd buy seafood or meat. Canned, dried, or bottled stuff is fine, along with produce, but they don't get meat and seafood.I'll go to Costco for everyday meat and butchers like Aurora for specialty cuts. Even Costco is better--far better--than T&T for seafood. Cheap can kill you.

                        1. re: Kagemusha

                          I agree that seafood in Asian supermarkets are often close to if not already 'expired', but where else can you get frozen or fresh pompfrets in GTA? If it has to travel across half of the globe to end up on my plate, I will just have to braise rather than steam it.

                          However I do think T&T's meats are in general a cut above the other Asian marts - not beef, since none of the Asian grocers seem to age it, thus the cheaper price from avoiding the loss of weight due to aging process. Fresh oxtail and customized minced/sliced/chopped pork from T&T, can't get that from Loblaws or Costco.

                          A while back there was a recall for tainted pork from ?NoFrills, Lone Tai and a few other asian marts in Scarborough, which confirmed my suspicion that they got their meats from the same discount source - don't know how they screwed up, since it is usually pretty tough to ruin pork compared with chicken or beef!

                          1. re: Royaljelly

                            What's the point? Crap meat is crap meat--regardless of the seller's ethnicity. Same goes for quality meat. I'm not getting quality meat or seafood at my Mississauga T&T. I'll go elsewhere, thanks!

                            1. re: Kagemusha

                              The piece of NY Striploin that I bought from Markham's T&T a few days ago was Canadian AAA Angus! Don't think I'll categorize that as 'Crap meat'?!

                              1. re: Charles Yu

                                LUCKY YOU! Too many other, dependable outlets for that in my 'hood, Charles. The MIss. T&T meat/seafood crew just doesn't get it.

                    2. I am so sorry to hear there are so many complains on T&T since this is a well organized retail store. I have quite a few bad experience buying meat and seafood there as wells. Sometime I think I put a high expectation there and make me disappointed. If the same thing happen in a crappy, dirty food mart, will it make the same noise?

                      1. I came from a family in restaurant business (not me)...all shellfish meat will deteriorate while they are still alive when not in the proper environment.

                        Especially crab, trying cooking one that is dying....the meat has already been degraded. That's why in fish factory, they flash freeze to maintain the meat quality once they come on board if not sold fresh.