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Looking for cockscombs

wattacetti Jul 11, 2011 12:09 PM

Anyone seen any recently?

The "standard" butchers can't get them and I didn't spot any at the Brossard location of Kim Phat.

EDIT: yes, I want to eat them.

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    cricklewood RE: wattacetti Jul 11, 2011 01:58 PM

    Fried cockscombs are delish but I have never found a source for them. When I worked in kitchens I tried in vain to get cockscombs, cock's kidneys, duck testicles, duck tongues, pork sweetbreads, lamb cheeks...among others and never succeeded.( btw trying not to sound like some pervert/maniac when calling farmers and suppliers for some of these is difficult and kinda funny too). Derek at DNA has had duck testicles and other odds and ends on his menu before, perhaps trying to call them to see if they have a source they can volunteer for such thing.

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      TheSnowpea RE: cricklewood Jul 11, 2011 04:04 PM

      well, if you're looking for something unusual, I spotted a variety of tripes at the old Kim Phat Brossard location (now Thai Foo or something like that - Kim Phat has moved eastward on the other side of the highway on Tashereau), and pig uterus.

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        wattacetti RE: TheSnowpea Jul 11, 2011 05:00 PM

        Tripe I do all the time, and unfortunately, I've already got a pork item on the menu, but it's good to know about the uterus for the next adventure meal. Will swing over to check on the off change that I luck on some chicken bits.

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          TheSnowpea RE: wattacetti Jul 11, 2011 05:33 PM

          ah, well for chicken bits, I did see chicken feet there too!

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            wattacetti RE: TheSnowpea Jul 11, 2011 05:40 PM

            I guess if I can't get the cockscombs, I can alter my menu, debone a bunch of chicken feet and make chicharróns.

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        wattacetti RE: cricklewood Jul 11, 2011 05:13 PM

        These things have to go somewhere. I'll call DNA and see if they're willing to share suppliers.

        EDIT: fried is nice but I want to confit them in schmaltz.

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          James Cristinian RE: wattacetti Jul 11, 2011 05:18 PM

          Try your local orthpoedic surgeon. They've been used for knee injections to help arthritis pain for over ten years. Maybe that's cut into the supply.

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            wattacetti RE: James Cristinian Jul 11, 2011 05:30 PM

            Well, there hasn't been an uptick in the rate of osteoarthritis treatment in Quebec and orthopedic surgeons would be using Healon and now "raw" cockscombs, so that's probably not it.

            Since hyaluronic acid is the key component of Juvederm, I suspect it could be boomers. Then again, Juvederm isn't in short supply.

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            cricklewood RE: wattacetti Jul 12, 2011 08:15 AM

            Ah! using schmaltz' precious gold to confit them is smart.

        2. kpzoo RE: wattacetti Jul 11, 2011 02:59 PM

          Have you tried two of the poultry butchers in/near JTM? One is across from the main organic fruit & veggie stand, the other is just outside the market. I'm sorry I can't remember their names!

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            wattacetti RE: kpzoo Jul 11, 2011 05:12 PM

            Yes, I did. One just straight out said no and the other said the most exotic I could get was chicken feet.

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              kpzoo RE: wattacetti Jul 11, 2011 05:16 PM

              Aw. :-(

          2. porker RE: wattacetti Jul 11, 2011 05:25 PM

            Maybe give these guys a call
            Abattoir Clément Poissant. (450) 659-3630. RR 1 182A rang Saint-André, Saint- Philippe, QC
            They're big on pork/beef/lamb, but I did see trailers full of chicken here.

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              wattacetti RE: porker Jul 11, 2011 05:41 PM

              Thanks for the tip; I'll make that call tomorrow.

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