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Jul 11, 2011 12:09 PM

Looking for cockscombs

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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  1. 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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    1. re: cricklewood

      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.

      1. re: TheSnowpea

        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.

        1. re: wattacetti

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

          1. re: TheSnowpea

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

      2. re: cricklewood

        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.

        1. re: wattacetti

          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.

          1. re: James Cristinian

            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.

          2. re: wattacetti

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

        2. 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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          1. re: kpzoo

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

          2. 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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            1. re: porker

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

            2. Bumping this up since my epic fail to find cockscombs 3+ years ago.

              San Francisco now has a restaurant called Cockscomb opened by Chris Cosentino, which surprisingly doesn't list cockscomb on its menu:


              This has me coming back to my original query - has anyone seen them, especially now that DNA is no more?

              I still want to eat them.