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Sep 22, 2009 06:08 PM


can anyone please tell me the best/cheapest place to PURCHASE LIVE CRABS?? i want to steam 'em at home. also, any suggestions as to the best way to steam/serve live crabs will be appreciated as well!!
i know redondo beach sells live crabs but they're EXPENSIVE. i think it would be a lot cheaper to buy from the source.

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    1. Any sizable Chinese market will have them for reasonable prices. Since you mentioned Redondo Beach, I'm assuming you're somewhere around the South Bay. Have you heard of or tried 99 Ranch Market on Artesia in Gardena?

      99 Ranch Market
      1340 W Artesia Blvd, Gardena, CA 90248

      1. This doesn't seem to be a recipe inquiry, more of a purchase inquiry IMHO. And I'd check 99 Ranch Asian markets for the crabs. Their multiple locations are online.

        1. Either SF Supermarket (Garden Grove) or Sieu Thi Thuan Phat (Westminster).

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          1. do you mean quality seafood in redondo beach?
            i would guess that santa monica seafood and kinf seafood have live crab. Quality has live local rock crab (not so sweet) and dungeness (much sweeter). There'S A 99 ranch in teh valley on Sepulveda at Victory.

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            1. re: Jerome

              I'm not positive about their new location, but santa monica seafood never had live crab at their original store. But they did have the best quality pre-cooked, whole dungeness crab I could find on the west side.