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Dec 21, 2009 07:53 AM

Live King Crab SGV?

There are a few threads on this but they are all a bit old. Looking for the best Chinese place for Live King Crab in the SGV or downtown LA. It's a gift for the husband so a sit down dinner place with beer & wine would be good. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Sea Harbour (in Rosemead) or Happy Harbour (in Rowland Heights) would be my recs. Call ahead, though, because inventories will vary.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Thanks's ipsedixit, I had a feeling you would know. I will call ahead. ANy recommmends on they way I should ask for them prepared?

      1. re: PurpleTeeth

        I would ask the manager about preparation. Usu. they offer black beans and garlic, ginger and scallions, or XO sauce.

        Because it's king crab, I usually opt for the simplest of preparations ... so much the better to taste the sweetness of the crab ... so it's usually just ginger and scallions for us.

        Also ... no corkage at Happy Harbour (although they do have a full bar). The corkage policy at Sea Harbour has always left me baffled -- sometimes yes, sometimes no. So everytime we BYOB, I just give the manager's a heads up and we're usually good to go.

        Enjoy wherever you end up!

        By the way, I should add that you should definitely ask the $/pound and the total weight of the crab you select ... just so that you don't have cardiac arrest when the bill arrives and you see something like $680 next to "帝王蟹" or "King Crab" :-)

          1. re: ipsedixit

            I'd go for the ginger and scallions. It really brings out the flavor of the crab.

            1. re: raytamsgv

              Hate to be a wet rag but doubt anyone has live KING CRAB since to the best of my knowledge, the entire catch is cooked and the legs shipped frozen. And these days, as the series on the History Channel shows, the harvest is limited to a very brief period once a year.

              The harvestable size crab is at least two or three feet across (measure from leg tips) and doesn't bode well for keeping several in a normal-sized live tank.

              More likely the live crab is Dungeness which is available year around from Washington and Oregon and November-March from Northern California. Dungeness is delicious and a staple at good Chinese restaurants.

                1. re: PurpleTeeth

                  Thanks PT. That first thread is great for many reasons, not the least of which is seeing the relevance of the final post: "Does anybody know of any restaurants where you can get a whole pig with LED lights stuck in it's eyes when it's brought to your table?" But how could the guy forget the maraschinos? ;-)

                  1. re: Harry Nile

                    I know love that last post! LED lights, hilarious!

                  1. re: PurpleTeeth

                    Truly news to me...must admit have never seen one here in the Bay Area and the only crab I ever saw when we lived in the San Gabriel Valley was Dungeness or rock crab (which have little if any meat).

                    I stand corrected, and will make a point of visiting NBC the next time we're in SoCal. Hope they let me bring a bottle of wine!