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Sep 4, 2010 05:26 PM

Where to buy FRESH imitation crab meat ?

The type of imitation crab meat sticks they sell in Chinese supermarkets are frozen. By the time you defrost them, they just don't taste good. So I'm looking for fresh ones, like the ones in the pic. Anyone knows where you can get them?

I'm also looking for fresh sushi and sashimi ingredients at reasonable prices in the Scarborough, North York area.



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  1. Plain old pollock slurry surimi is available in Loblaws, NoFrills, etc. Try Taro's for the real thing.

    1. J-town on 404 and Steeles will have everything you need and more.

      1. The surimi process is cooked, not fresh. It is the polymerization of myosin protein, heated and extruded. There is non frozen surimi at Diana's or Costco, but no guarantee that it has never been frozen.
        In Scarboro, Diana's would be a source for sashimi, as well as Taro.

        Diana's Seafood
        2101 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R, CA

        Taro's Fish
        800 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M2K, CA

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        1. re: jayt90


          Thank u so much for that complete answer! By fresh I meant not frozen before. But as you said, you can't guarantee that it has never been frozen before.

          Taro's seems to be a bit pricy though.

          1. re: ericdunn

            It's stale dated and likely not been frozen as sold in supermarkets and Costco. As for taste and texture, 'tis what it is. Taro sells freshness, quality, and rarity-- you pay for that in fish as well as most everything else. Try places like PAT for more budget-friendly seafood.