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Where to find soft shell crab?

Eleniel Aug 15, 2009 10:50 AM

Hi guys,

Where can I find fresh soft shell crabs in Montreal? Are we to content ourselves with frozen ones only that sells for so expensively at the poissonerie?

  1. keelo Aug 17, 2009 09:06 AM

    You'll probably never see fresh soft shell crabs, but the frozen ones are just as good. You'll be able to find them in most Asian grocery stores, like Kim Phat or Hawaii.

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    1. re: keelo
      TheSnowpea Aug 22, 2009 04:54 PM

      I've seen baskets of live crabs at Kim Phat on Tashereau. Not sure they were soft shell (I recall they had blue tipped pincers)

      1. re: TheSnowpea
        porker Aug 23, 2009 05:58 AM

        These are hard shell

    2. SnackHappy Aug 17, 2009 06:05 AM

      Are soft shell crabs even in season, right now?

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        C70 Aug 17, 2009 05:13 AM

        what about chinatown?

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        1. re: C70
          porker Aug 22, 2009 07:03 AM

          I've never seen fresh in chinatown markets.
          Now that I really think about it, I've only seen them fresh at Milos (they're billed as fresh, flown-in).
          You can ask to purchase them - but bring a credit card or a fat wallet.

          I think they're in season (on the east coast) from may to sept.

        2. m
          Marryin Aug 16, 2009 05:30 PM

          it's funny that you asked that. I went to buy some today, I get mine at Norref Poissonnerie ( 5min. bus from Metro Frontenac), it's the only place I know. And yes, it's frozen and crazy expensive.

          1. porker Aug 16, 2009 11:24 AM

            Seeing fresh is a rare event in these parts.
            I was at the fish store in the Jean Talon market awhile back. They sold a box of soft shells for $20, cheap, no?
            Dunno if they still have 'em though.

            1. afoodyear Aug 15, 2009 03:16 PM

              If you want them fresh, I'm not sure, but Odaki offers all you can eat soft-shell crab on their a la carte menu.

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              1. re: afoodyear
                afoodyear Aug 16, 2009 02:08 PM

                Ermm... just to be clear, I meant a volonte "buffet", not a la carte. Brain fart.

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