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Shops carrying frog legs close to somerville? (Or online order options priced below $10/lb?)

Chris in MA Feb 1, 2012 07:47 PM

Have you seen frog legs being sold in any shops near somerville/cambridge/boston/brookline etc surrounding areas? I found them at the Hmart in burlington with good availability, and priced below $10/lb, but is too far to frequent.

so far I've checked:
Savenors in Cambridge -- sporadic availability. pricy.
Super88 (now hong kong market) in Allston -- does not carry

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    Chocomom Feb 15, 2012 04:55 AM

    Found some frozen ones at Kam Man Quincy yesterday. 12oz bag of frozen plump legs for $5.99
    Would assume the new location in South Bay will have it also.

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    1. re: Chocomom
      opinionatedchef Feb 15, 2012 12:57 PM

      ooh mom, so cool! but i'm just north of boston.i googled kam man south bay but didn't come up.where is this plse?

      1. re: opinionatedchef
        Chris VR Feb 15, 2012 01:02 PM

        Kam Man went into the space in South Bay shopping center vacated by Super 88.

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          opinionatedchef Feb 15, 2012 01:11 PM

          thank you chris! if you shop there, would you email me via my profile pg?

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            Chris VR Feb 15, 2012 03:10 PM

            No, sorry, I haven't been there yet. Just have read the local coverage.

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      Scott0 Feb 5, 2012 03:48 AM

      You can try "Hunters seafood market" in Grasonville Md. They also have muskrat, squirrel, groundhog and racoon.

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        KWagle Feb 5, 2012 04:40 AM

        Wait, FOUR delicious wild animals in ONE market? This would be worth a roadtrip even if I weren't already heading to DC. And yes, that's the Great Wall. Way the heck out in VA if you ask me. Decent thrift store in the same plaza, and an unpromising Chinese place. But it's a mile or so from a truly awesome find of Steve Siegel, namely Myanmar, a small Burmese restaurant that has an impressively large, varied, and uniformly excellent menu. Myanmar is easily worth a trip from Boston on the air shuttle.

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          Scott0 Feb 5, 2012 11:49 AM

          Oh No my friend....Not just 4 tasty critters at one stop but sooo many more. Quality Eel, crab, and much more can be found there. It's a little place. I went to school with Hunter about 30 years ago.

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            KWagle Feb 5, 2012 03:48 PM

            Why did I not hear about this place in the 9 years I lived in DC?

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              Scott0 Feb 6, 2012 03:48 PM

              Well dear Kwagle, Maybe because it's a very small place that pretty much only cooks seafood for take-out. But I'm sure you could talk Hunters wife into cooking you a nice Muskrat stew or maybe a Groundhog Osso Bucco............Of course the raccoon pot pie is to die for.............
              Joking aside the meats are fresh and the seafood they cook in house is awesome. If your serious about going on a weekend I'll meet you there. if it's a sunday you've got a 25% chance of trying the best fried oysters I've ever had........"They only serve 1 sunday a month" right accross the street from Hunters.

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                KWagle Feb 7, 2012 06:16 AM

                I'll be in DC from Friday until the 27th or so and Saturday is free so far (and my email is in my profile, of course.) Do they cook the game meats or just sell them frozen? I missed the raccoon supper in Wisconsin last week, so I've been thinking about other ways to actually get to try some of the critters I want to eat.

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                  Scott0 Feb 11, 2012 05:01 PM

                  KWagle, gimme your list 'o critters you want to try. I'll see what I can do. just as a reference, I've tried just about ALL meats in 48 countries. Rat, Cat, Monkey and snake to name a few. And of course dog makes a fine meal.

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                    KWagle Feb 11, 2012 10:16 PM

                    I'd be happy to eat whatever critters you can come up with. I'm not a picky eater anymore!

      2. KWagle Feb 1, 2012 10:30 PM

        If you really want only legs I can't help you. If you want whole frogs (hint: the entire body of the frog is equally delicious) you can get them in Chinatown at the small market under Winsor Dim Sum Cafe, and also get yummy dim sum upstairs. those frogs are "fresh" by which I mean still hopping, and I think they were under $6 a pound. I assume they'll keep for as long as you provide them food, water, and shelter. Look for 田鸡 "tian ji" (Cantonese, which is commonly used for the food, like we use "beef" instead of "cow") or 青蛙 "qing wa" (the animal, and the food elsewhere in China.)

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          opinionatedchef Feb 2, 2012 12:36 AM

          yikes,k, have you skinned a frog before?

          1. re: opinionatedchef
            KWagle Feb 2, 2012 03:35 AM

            No, but I've skinned a groundhog. It can't be any harder than that.

            (I bet the market would clean them for you. Certainly the larger supermarkets do this for live fish. The only supermarket I know of which has live frog was Great Wall in Virginia, but they didn't have either frogs or turtles the last time I was there. I'm pretty unhappy about this since I've never eaten turtle before.) If you want to do it yourself there are instructions on the Web. I recommend using a kevlar glove. And, the videos are not for the squeamish.




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            1. re: KWagle
              galangatron Feb 2, 2012 08:56 AM

              truong thinh market on dot ave in dorchester usually has live frogs and turtles for sale at the fish counter in the back of the store

              1. re: KWagle
                Chris in MA Feb 5, 2012 01:29 AM

                Thanks, I didn't expect a fresh non-frozen option. I will check them out- if they would clean them for me, that would be fantastic. And I know the Great Wall you're referring to -- on Gallows?

              2. re: opinionatedchef
                kobuta Feb 5, 2012 09:08 AM

                They will skin and prep them for you if you ask. My mom bought some yesterday from the little subterranean store next to Best Little Restaurant. They're not out in the open there though, so you have to ask the guy for them.

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                  KWagle Feb 5, 2012 03:49 PM

                  Wait, there's a basement store next to BLR too? I wonder if it's another entrance to the same store as the one under Winsor.

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                    kobuta Feb 5, 2012 08:13 PM

                    If it is, then it's connected by some secret tunnel, because the store doesn't seem to have a visible through way. :p I know the store you're referring too, which has more signs and is larger. This other basement store front is tiny, with only a very small selection of goods, but they do somehow manage to squeeze in a few seafood tanks.

            2. opinionatedchef Feb 1, 2012 09:46 PM

              ask joe or eddy at courthouse seafood if they would get you a box (they come in 5 lb frozen box from pakistan usually , and you can manage to remove them as you need.) If you don't have room in your frzr, i'd be happy to share a box with you; just contact me through my CH page.

              Courthouse Fish Market
              484 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

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              1. re: opinionatedchef
                Chris in MA Feb 5, 2012 01:11 AM

                Thanks! Finally a Cambridge option.

                H-mart also carries 5 lb boxes in a sealed cardboard box. Since the contents are not readily visible I've been staying away from those. Contents are labeled "frog legs and water". From China, I think.

                1. re: Chris in MA
                  KWagle Feb 5, 2012 04:44 AM

                  If you're determined not to go to Chinatown, you might try the "Super 88" Hong Kong supermarket on Commercial Street in Malden. Open till 9 and large enough I'd be surprised if they didn't have frog, at least frozen. Now that you know how to spell 田鸡, you can ask them to help you find it. Print this out and stick it in your wallet!

              2. galangatron Feb 1, 2012 07:55 PM

                check the freezer chest at angkor thom market on shirley ave in revere

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