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Shrimp Roe Dried Noodles (蝦子麵)?

ipsedixit Aug 23, 2010 12:00 PM

I'm looking for a place that has Hong Kong style shrimp roe dried noodles (蝦子麵)

If anyone has ever been to Mak Kee's in Hong Kong, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Any leads here in SoCal?

  1. Chemicalkinetics Aug 23, 2010 02:15 PM

    Shrimp roe dried noodles are everywhere, but I don't seem to able to find any good one. I had to buy "shrimp roe" alone in SF Chinatown and mix it in my noodle.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics
      ipsedixit Aug 23, 2010 02:49 PM

      Hmm, everywhere?

      Like, um, where?

      1. re: ipsedixit
        Chemicalkinetics Aug 23, 2010 04:34 PM

        I am thinking about Asian supermarkets or Chinatown.

        1. re: Chemicalkinetics
          ipsedixit Aug 23, 2010 04:38 PM

          Do you mean dried shrimp roe? Or just shrimp roe?

          Most, probably all, Chinese supermarkets that I know of in LA do not have dried shrimp roe.

          1. re: ipsedixit
            Chemicalkinetics Aug 23, 2010 04:54 PM

            Wait, they sell fresh shrimp roe? Anyway, I thought you are talking about the noodle. I see a lot of shrimp row noodles in supermarkets and Chinatown stores.

            As for just the dried shrimp roe, you are correct, it is not easy to find. I went to Oakland Chinatown (I think it is Oakland and not SF now) and I went to a herbal/dry goods store. You know what I am talking. I didn't expect he carries it and were merely asking for the heck of it, but it turns out he did.

            I asked "Do you have shrimp roe?"
            and he said "How much do you want?" That was funny.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics
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              curtiskan Aug 23, 2010 08:13 PM

              Are you looking for restaurants that serve noodles with dried shrimp roe like Mak Kee in Hong Kong or are you looking for dried shrimp roe noodles that you cook at home? I don't think dried shrimp roe are allowed through customs officially.

              1. re: curtiskan
                ipsedixit Aug 23, 2010 09:06 PM

                The latter.

                1. re: ipsedixit
                  Chemicalkinetics Aug 23, 2010 09:12 PM

                  Don't you see those cheap shrimp egg/ shrimp roe dry noodles all the time? Are we talking about different things here? I am thinking about these in the stores:

                  http://www.one2fit.com/en_2_cat236_su...

                  Are you thinking about fresh noodles?

                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                    ipsedixit Aug 23, 2010 09:44 PM

                    Totally different.

                    Mak's (or Honk Kong style) shrimp roe dried noodles are not noodles with roe incorporated into the noodle dough. Rather, it is noodles topped with dried shrimp roe. (See pic). Simple, unctuous and remarkably delicious.

                     
                    1. re: ipsedixit
                      Chemicalkinetics Aug 23, 2010 09:47 PM

                      Oh. Thanks for the information. In that case, I had those dried shrimp roe. Too bad, I threw them away because I thought they may go bad during my long trip. I need to see if I can get the dried roe again.

                    2. re: Chemicalkinetics
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                      curtiskan Aug 23, 2010 09:48 PM

                      The Sau Tao brand is good as mentioned by chemicalkinetics. They have two kinds. One is in box package as shown by the link above and then there is the one that come in a plastic canister. The canister contains 880g or 31 ounces and tastes much better. Usually found in Tak Shing Hong and Wing Hop Fung stores that sell herbs and dried seafood. They have stores in chinatown and san gabriel valley.

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                      Wing Hop Fung
                      727 N Broadway 102, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                      1. re: curtiskan
                        Chemicalkinetics Aug 23, 2010 09:50 PM

                        :) Really? Actually I have never had the Sau Tao brand. I saw the MSG packages and decided not to get it. I may try them next time.

                        1. re: curtiskan
                          ipsedixit Aug 23, 2010 09:52 PM

                          Yes, I know about those.

                          I'm looking for these at restaurants. I could make this myself if I wanted to eat them at home.

                          Thanks.

        2. K K Aug 23, 2010 01:14 PM

          This would be good information to know. There was a thread for San Francisco recently for a similar topic

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/719822

          Someone spotted a brand of the dried noodles at 99 Ranch, not sure if the SoCal 99's or other Chinese supers have them (or other/better brands).

          Also check the SoCal stores that sell Cantonese/Chinese dried seafood for the roe itself (and who knows maybe the owners may have leads on the noodles). But yeah, $80 / pound for dried roe is quite the luxury (if that's what they are charging).

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