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Sep 13, 2011 09:01 AM

Blue Crab?


I'm wondering if anyone knows where/when I could get fresh blue crabs from a poissonerie (Montreal).

I would also be open to suggestions of where (if anywhere) I could get the Korean marinated/raw blue crab dish in a resto. Gooey gooey goodness.

I'd rather make it but I'll settle for either : )


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  1. Have seen live blue crabs at Kim Phat (Brossard) but not sure as to availability right now.

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    1. re: wattacetti

      Plus the D&G market in the Swatow building, Chinatown.

      1. re: porker

        I've been meaning to visit that market. Are the crabs in a tank (fiesty) or in a crate (comatose)?

        I don't know about blue crabs but Gidney's will have live crabs in their tanks next week.

        1. re: levanty

          I was there this weekend. They were in a Styrofoam crate. But I just couldn't get over the smell in that store (near the fish counter). I have been to many stores and poissonneries, in both Chinatown and elsewhere, and never in my life did I smell something so foul. Made a bee-line for the door. Had high hopes for that store, being newish, but was thoroughly disappointed. Went to Kien Vinh instead to fulfill my pork belly craving.

          1. re: foodie_mtl

            Are we talking about the same market? (G and D). I just went there yesterday and it was just like porker'd think you were at a tropical fish store. The aquariums were cleaned and well stocked. The fish was lively and there was no odor of anykind which is unusual for a fish department. Also, there was a cool display of live clams, oysters, etc. under a sprinkling system and the prices were very reasonable. I was impressed to say the least. Thanks porker!

            1. re: levanty

              perhaps it was an isolated case. The smell was not fishy, but putrid rotten something or other, and others were saying the same. I was surprised. I guess I should give it another try.

          2. re: levanty

            Ah, so you've been to the Laval Gidney's. I've been meaning to go ever since the outlet on Marcel Laurin decamped to head north. I presume that the crabs will be something like Dungeness or other species since snow is out of season.

            1. re: wattacetti

              I went to Kam Phat (Jarry) today and had success! Live blue crabs. In a bin, not a tank, but I was able to pick out some lively ones. I had never been to this supermarket before and I was QUITE impressed with the selection overall, especially in terms of seafood. Loads of fish I hadn't seen before, especially not fresh or whole. Pretty cheap too. Thanks for the suggestions.

              1. re: wattacetti

                The only place I've seen blue crabs for sale out of a tank was outside Daytona beach many rears ago. It was dockside where the fishermen would put them in themselves. Kinda like concrete holding pens, about 6 of them, holding according to size - 5 1/2, 6, 6 1/2, 7, 7 1/2, and 8" carapace.
                In these parts (and Toronto and NYC), I only see them sold high and dry, out of bushel baskets, or styro.

        2. I saw some blue crabs at D&G market yesterday. It's on St. Laurent just above de la Gauchetière in Chinatown. At first, it just looks like a small ice cream store but once you go downstairs, it's huge! Good prices too!

          1. Figured it would be better than starting a second thread, but what about Dungeness crabs. Can they be found here?

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            1. re: Haggisboy

              I was at D&G yesterday as well. No foul smell.
              They have live dungeness in the tank.
              Looking at their live fish variety, they had some very good, very fresh looking white bass at 3.99/lb.
              I bought 2 for about $8 cleaned.
              I wanted a few small grouper (same price) but they didn't look quite as fresh. Also tempting were red snapper and walleye. They usually have some kind of fish on special next to the blue crab styro box. yesterday it was croaker
              " $2.49 no clean, $2.99 with clean."
              Their fresh fish runs $3-$7 per pound (roughly $6 to $16/kg) depending on type - very good pricing indeed.

              A bit off-topic, but I like their pork products as well. Bought 2 large shanks for $6/ea (cured patte de cochon in my near future) 2 bellies (makin bacon) and a rack of ribs.

              1. re: porker

                Oh yeah, I used to see rock crab quite often
                to me, a cross between blue crab and dungeness: not as sweet as a blue, but tastier than dungeness, without the high cost. Usually ~$4/lb and 1lb each, these puppies have nice size claws and legs.
                Don't see them much anymore, but if you do, get some.

                1. re: porker

                  Porker, any chance you can post their address? Sorry for asking but a friend of my ex wife has a passion for crab that eclipses even me, and any Google search I do for D&G keeps bringing me to Dolce & Gabbana, and that's the sort of stuff you buy if you want to attract a different set of crabs.

                  1. re: Haggisboy

                    Blue crabs are small enough...hehe.
                    Its in the basement of the Swatow building in Chinatown, on St. Laurent, west side, just above Viger.
                    Official address of the Swatow Plaza is
                    998 Blvd. Saint-Laurent, Montreal (Qc) H2Z 9Y9
                    so D&G is like 2 or 3 doors north.
                    .....wait a minute..."a friend of my ex wife has a passion..."?! That sounds fishier than a Hudson River crab {;-/)

            2. Does anyone know what season blue crab is available in Montreal?

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              1. re: mike_927

                I think it is a somewhat different species, but Kim Phat has "Crabe dormeur de Vancouver" (Latin: Cancer magister, En: Dungeness Crab) for 8,99 lb in their flyer this week (starting on Friday as they are closed on the 1st).

                1. re: lagatta

                  Thank you for your great input, they do look fairly similar. I will definitely go pick some up on Friday. I mention Blue crab because that's what I had when i went to MD, USA and there was less meat since they are smaller crabs but very flavorful and delicious. I let you know what my feedback will be vs. the Dungeness Crab! Thanks Again :)

                  1. re: mike_927

                    I believe that Dungeness Crab is what people on the west coast of Canada and the US use in lieu of Blue Crab. Guess Kim Phat got a shipment from Vancouver.

                    1. re: lagatta

                      Yes they did, apparently they are getting blue crab by the end of January or February. Cant wait! :)