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Favorite finds at 99 Ranch Market

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Just out of curiosity, what are your favorite finds at 99 Ranch market? I always get so overwhelmed when I go aand end up mostly "window shopping." How's the meat/ seafood? Amd everything else?

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  1. Seafood is especially fresh ... considering the live tanks....They have Alaskan King Crab and Black Cod live...preicey but so good!

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    1. re: jim

      At which store have you seen live Alaskan King Crab? I've never seen it at the one at Sepulveda and Victory.

      1. re: TomSwift
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        Professor Salt

        The two Irvine stores don't have live Alaskan crab, either

        1. re: TomSwift

          Rowland Heights (19.99 a pound).... They usually have just a few.

          They also had Crystal crab (Can't remember how much but it was cheaper)

          1. re: TomSwift

            I saw king crab at the Hawaii supermarket in San Gabriel... they had two, and a small bin of live, walking turtles too. It felt more like a pet store than a supermarket.

            Mr. Taster

        2. Wendy-

          Sorry to hear about your wisdom teeth. Hope you start to feel better. My fav things to get at 99 Ranch Mkt are: dried mangoes (get the one that says Phillipines in blue lettering), hua juen (chinese style bread rolled with just a little chopped green onion), mixed fruit plate (only $3-4!!), mustard miso salad dressing, vietnamese red chili sauce (has a rooster on the bottle, and NOT the squeeze type. the kind that you open and spoon out). I'm afraid none of these are really soft foods, but hopefully you made a speedy recovery.

          1. I've taken to doing my weekly shopping @ the 99 in San Gabriel. They have Alta Dena milk cheaper than T.J's and I also buy: Chinese chives (with and without blossoms) garlic cloves, mushrooms (a good assortment, very reasonable), fresh noodles, chinese meatballs, all manner of sauces and spices, Chinese hard candy and fruit pastilles, fresh fish, Korean short ribs, chicken bao from the deli, scallion bread and scallion pie from the bakery, and a number of British products, like digestive biscuits that are far less expensive than at "gourmet" markets. And also, to the sprats disgust, chicken feet which make for the world's best matzoh ball soup...

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            1. re: Slow Foodie

              Chicken feet matzoh ball soup...LOL. Reminds me of that line from My Favorite Year: "Catherine, Jews know two things: suffering, and where to find great Chinese food."

              1. re: Robert Lu

                not only are chicken feet traditional, but if you can get them, unlaid eggs - the eggs still in the hen's oviduct at the time of slaughtering.

                1. re: Jerome

                  chicken feet for matzo ball soup!! LOL!! I'll have to tell my Cantonese father about this!

                  on another note, my fave finds at 99 Ranch are any of the Chinese vegetables, mint (fresher and cheaper than the usual grocery stores), Fuji apples, mangoes, papayas, Asian pears (when they're in season), canned coconut milk, fresh fish, Sriacha hot sauce and the usual assortment of various Chinese foodstuffs (potstickers, onion pancakes, bao). I was pleased to find a reasonable version of tofo fa (sweet soybean pudding with sugar syrup) in the bakery section.

                  1. re: daantaat

                    Chicken feet is for real, as is unlaid (shell-less, hung together in a cluster) eggs. Both are traditional and delicious. The chicken feet are different from the Chinese preparation, though. The Chinese serve the feet, themselves, cooked without the yellow scaly part of the leg. The Jewish preparation is usually just the opposite, with the toes (or at least the claws) trimmed off, and mostly just the yellow part used to richen and flavor the broth..

              2. re: Slow Foodie
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                jennyantepenultimate

                Sounds like a good offering for your next Superbowl party: (chicken) FOOT (matzoh) BALL SOUP!

              3. Our regular staples are Bao... Red Date Paste, Taro, Red Bean Paste, and Chopped Spinach. Scallion Pancakes. Sticky Rice wrapped in Lotus Leaf with sausage and mushroom. Fresh Rice Noodles (with bits of orange and green in them). All of these except the rice noodles heat perfectly from frozen in a bamboo steamer.

                1. The house Kim Chee is the BEST! I also really like the huge box of mangoes for about $5. The Steamed CHeesecake is actually cake, not like a thick american cheesecake...but it's yummy. I really dig the bao (any kind) and the marinated fish cake.

                  The best thing is to buy a whole of live fish..say cod or snapper, and have them clean and fry it right there. Get some sticky rice in banana leaves and see if you can't eat it before you get home!

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                  1. re: wavewench

                    I noticed that the Irvine store on Jeffrey and walnut carries the chongga brand of kimchee which is actually damn good for commercial made. they also carry a pretty nice line of pulmuone products. I usually buy these things at the HK Korean market in Tustin (gotta support my people) but I smile whenever I pass by them at 99Ranch.