Lobster for home cooking in South OC??
- Midlife May 26, 2010 03:16 PM
Our son's 30th birthday is this Sunday and I know he'd love some fresh grilled lobster for dinner. We live in San Clemente, so distance is a factor. I'm thinking 99 Ranch, in Irvine, (Walnut is closest). Is that a decent choice? Where else would be better but still in the same price range?? Is it worth the extra time and gas to go to somewhere in Garden Grove? TIA
17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA
I think 99 Ranch is a decent choice. The last time I looked a few weeks ago, prices were $9.99 / lb
I don't know that the lobsters are any livelier or fresher-off-the-plane-from-Maine if you go to another Asian supermarket. Even if the price were a couple dollars cheaper per pound, you'd be burning the savings off in gas to get to Garden Grove. They would have to be some really fresh, ornery lobsters to get me to drive to GG because I live walking distance from the Jeffrey 99 Ranch
FYI, Gelson's has them on special starting today for $9.99. There's one in Dana Point and the service people are very helpful.
If you have a Gelsons nearby, they are on sale for $9.99 / lb. Call them ahead to order, they go fast when on sale. These are Atlantic lobsters too, had them before, very good.
This past Sunday, Super H Market had live 1.25 lb. Maine lobsters for $5.99/lb. Try to select the females; their tales are larger, they taste sweeter and their carapaces (heads) are filled with delicious red roe in addition to the tomalley. Triple yum!
I picked up three of them from the Diamond Bar location for $24. They were superb.
Super H Market
2600 Alton Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92606
FYI, here’s a link to a CMN video on how to identify male versus female lobsters … enjoy!
Great input........ thanks!
So............ I'm not done yet.
Can I buy these gals on Saturday for cooking on Sunday (to be sure I have what I need)? Will they stay alive out of water (I'd doubt that) or fresh enough overnight? Or............. which ones of the 3 (Gelson's, 99, SuperH) will boil them for me? Better yet can I ask them to "par-boil" so I can grill them without overcooking? I think I've read here that 99 will boil them for you, but don't know about the other two.
Live lobsters should be prepared and eaten the day you buy them for optimal results. You can keep them overnight in your refrigerator until you are ready to cook them. However, any longer and you should freeze them, thus defeating the whole purpose of buying “live”.
I prefer to maintain express control over the entire cooking process, from start to finish. Boil lobsters 10 minutes for the first pound and an additional 3 minutes for each additional pound. The difference between an undercooked and an overcooked lobster is only a minute or two depending upon its size – the smaller the shorter the interval. I would find it difficult to rely upon market par-boiling times. Grilling times are similar, hence the slim margin for error when the two methods are combined.
I suggest buying your lobsters on Sunday if possible and preparing them the same day. They will likely stay alive in the refrigerator for hours. Before preparing mine, I transfer them to the freezer for about 30 minutes or less to “put them to sleep” gently. If you par-boil them, put them in the boiling water head first – again a gentler final treatment.
As a side note, check your sources and availability early. You don’t want your source to run out of their supply before you get yours. This is especially a consideration for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.
At one point I went to the Dory Fleet in Newport and they had west coast lobster, no big claws, very fresh and ever so sweet, and bought them at $13.99 a pound, as I recall. If you can find them, if they have them, that's the best lobster you'll get. By the way, when cooking lobster, as they taught us in the Maritimes in Canada last year, boil them for 3-5 minutes, then plunge them into ice water briefly. They'll come out of the shell, that way, easily and they will taste oh so good. Otherwise they tend to stick in the shell, both for Maine and West Coast lobsters.
Any spiny lobsters you find around now were caught in Mexico (or poached). During the season (roughly mid-October to mid-March but varies from year to year) Pearson's Port in Newport Beach usually has great local lobster (and a lot of other local seafood).
100 E Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA