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Where Can I Buy Sea Urchin Roe (Uni)?

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I love uni, I can't get enough of it. Uni is my crack/cocaine, and I am seriously addicted to it. But I live very far from Uwajimaya, and since I have a little one to care for, it's hard to drive there whenever my craving hits. Is there any uni-savvy-Chowhounder in this region who could point me in the right direction? I live in Issaquah. I'd be thrilled if I could somehow get it at wholesale price. I looked online, and it looks like I might be able to get my paws on a frozen 5 lb block. How are the frozen ones compared to the quality served at sushi restaurants?

Maybe I'll just gorge on tons of uni one day, and try to get sick on it. Maybe then, I'll be cured of this costly and inconvenient addiction. Thanks in advance for any help.

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  1. I saw live Uni being cleaned and sold at Uwajimaya yesterday...

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    1. re: Booklegger451

      Thanks, I'll definitely have to drive there soon.

    2. I would give Mutual Fish a call.

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      1. re: forkit

        Mutual usually has live uni one day per week. Cleaning it yourself is a small, interesting challenge, and you may be surprised at the yield you get from one creature.

        1. re: forkit

          Thanks, I'll give them a call ASAP. I guess my house is going to turn into a sea urchin slaughterhouse!

          1. re: jwyfrancis

            Forkit and Equinoise, I went to Mutual Fish last weekend, and it was fantastic. I got three humongous sea urchins and had a feast. Cleaning was definitely not fun, kinda of gross actuall, but the result was well worth the trouble. Thank you.