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I may have asked this before, but it's worth reviving. Does anyone know where New Zealand lamb can be bought in the city? I had better luck when I lived in Tulsa (!!!) than I have had here.
Frozen whole legs were sometimes to be found there in Chinese freezer chests----among the mystery unidentifyable items you find in such freezers----but 0% luck in Houston.

The reason for stipulating NZ is simple: it tastes gamier and a quantum-leap better than the American product, where (one sadly suspects) they've tried to 'breed the taste out of it'!

I suppose Australian would do in a pinch too.

I am having a ride down to Ranch 99 (the new one in Sugar Land) which I have not checked out in this regard.

Thanks for any leads.

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  1. Where did you get the lamb in Tulsa - this Brit in Tulsa would like to know.

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    1. re: kagemusha49

      I want to say Nam Hai oriental market at 21st and Garnett (this was a major jewel circa early 90's in Tulsa when it opened and provided access to a wonderful plethora of otherwise unavailable-in-Okla items.) When we moved to Tulsa (1990) there was no Indian restaurantss either (there was an awful place in Norman, OK and that was it for the whole state).

      Anyway, I "want to say" but I think I secured the NZ Leg at one of the later Chinese markets in Tulsa and that name escapes me although i can visualize the freezer wherein the long-frozen but still delicious legs were. If you run around the large Oriental markets in Tulsa (which still can't be too many) you will have retraced the trail at least.

      I even heard that there's a British pub there now?! Is that true??!!

      Sorry I can't offer definitive help, but once I bought out the stock they never did get them in again, although I did ask.

      1. re: bishopsbitter

        There is indeed a British pub - the White Lion opened in 1999 about the time I moved to Tulsa and is run by a real Brit. Then there's Baker Street which opened a year ago and is more noisy and not so real - there's a few other fake Brit pubs. The one that does the best job with beer is McNellies. The Indian scene has improved quite a bit too - there's no restaurant that's as good as the best in Houston (which I define as Sabri Nihari on Hillcroft for cheap but good and Indika on Westheimer for expensive but good fusion) but way better than Houston's worst which is probably the Khyber Pass.

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        Indika
        516 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

    2. Ranch 99 provided Australian whole legs. And they did have NZ racks! Not only that but Australian venison.

      Nice store (maybe because it just opened of course) with a lot of good meats and fish & shellfish.

      Still no joy on NZ legs though.

      1. Strange, I thought Randall's carried NZ lamb. I'll have to look this week.

        1. How about Pete's? They've been able to order everything I've wanted thus far.

          1. Sam's Club sells NZ Lamb boneless legs and racks

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            1. re: ryback

              Ah Sam's - always cheap but whatever they sell is good quality

              1. re: kagemusha49

                I've never seen NZ product at Sam's in Houston. Plenty of MUCHO EXPENSIVO American lamb, but not NZ.

                1. re: bishopsbitter

                  Bought a NZ leg of lamb at Sam;s yesterday. Texas City location.

                  1. re: ryback

                    As with all things Sam's I guess it's hitty-missy. But I appreciate the heads up. Will run over there soon and see if they've changed at Katy.

              2. re: ryback

                Haven't had a Sam's card in about 5 years but I have bought it there in the past. As mentioned, Pete's should be a good place to try but strangely it isn't listed on their website of meats they regularly carry - no lamb at all.

                I'm going to check in a few days at a small grocer near me that carries some specialty meats. Looked at Kroger Signature on Westpark at Buffalo Speedway today and they didn't have NZ lamb, just American raised. Good price on shank, though.

              3. I checked my memory today, and Randall's does sell NZ and Australian lamb. Australian shanks, NZ racks and legs in the case today. Good stuff too, now I'll have to be making some shanks soon.

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                1. re: Lambowner

                  I'm pretty sure you can buy NZ lamb at Costco. I know people who have purchased a costco card for that reason alone.

                  1. re: benjym

                    In my area, Sam's, BJ's, and Costco all sell it.

                2. There is a WONDERFUL FULL-SERVICE, OLD-FASHIONED BUTCHER SHOP in Katy.

                  It's called Meat Masters. The fellow that runs it, Marvin, has worked in the meat departments of various stores all over town. He can get you lamb from New Zealand, or anything else you want, but in his opinion, the best lamb is "Aussie Lamb" from Colorado. He also sells US prime beef, and a wide selection of sides.

                  He is doing a great job there, and deserves our support.

                  I plan to support him as much as my pocketbook allows.

                  http://www.meatmasterskaty.com/about....

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                  1. re: Jaymes

                    Now there's a place I will check out pronto!

                    1. re: bishopsbitter

                      I just happened to notice this place by serendipity as I drove past a few days back. Thought I'd check it out to see if it was really a full-service reputable butchershop, or one of those meat "scams' that were active a few years back where they got you to buy a side of beef at what turned out to be a wildly inflated price.

                      But sure enough, it's a real butcher shop and has been open for three years. Marvin, the owner, is friendly and accommodating and very proud of his shop. It's not just a job for him. He's a man on a mission.