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How to procure fresh Uni and not-overpriced Lobster?

nmr2002 Oct 19, 2012 07:49 AM

Fellow Chowhounders,

Any idea how one gets their hands on fresh uni, either in trays or in-the-shell, as well as lobster? I would happily order for delivery, drive somewhere to pick it up, or special order, but I can't pay an arm and a leg...

Obviously, every sushi joint in the city has a simple hook-up for uni, and with everything I've heard about abundant lobster harvests and cheap wholesale prices, I'm shocked at how hard it is to find decently priced lobsters for home cooking.


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    uniko Feb 5, 2013 05:36 PM

    i would also love to find a source for uni -- particularly maine uni, versus the San Diego uni sold by Catalina OP.

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    1. re: uniko
      tommyskitchen Feb 6, 2013 07:45 AM


      1. re: tommyskitchen
        uniko Feb 6, 2013 08:16 AM

        yes, thank you -- i contacted them, but they don't really do shipping to home-customers. they would, but it's exorbitantly expensive as they are mostly set up to do larger scale orders/wholesale.

        they didn't say exactly what the shipping would be, but i think it was suggested it would be around $60 (and i was only planning on placing a $30 order).

        thank you though!

    2. tommyskitchen Jan 28, 2013 02:52 PM

      Reviving this thread - Anyone know any Uni options other than H Mart?

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      1. re: tommyskitchen
        Insidious Rex Jan 29, 2013 10:14 AM

        Catalina Offshore sells good quality uni by the tray. If you dont happen to be in San Diego they have been selling it by mail for years. www.catalinaop.com.

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        ambergersa Oct 19, 2012 07:23 PM

        GrandMart on Little River Turnpike has lobster for $4.99/lb on weekends.

        1. melpy Oct 19, 2012 08:01 AM

          Best I've seen lobster wise was 5.99-6.99 a pound but that was a few months ago. What is an arm and a leg in your opinion? This was at local grocery stores.

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          1. re: melpy
            nmr2002 Oct 19, 2012 08:17 AM

            Arm and a leg: $12.99 and up per pound at Whole Foods, etc. I would HAPPILY pay $6.99/lb for a live lobster. I live downtown in DC and can't find anything even close to that price.

            1. re: nmr2002
              drewpbalzac Oct 19, 2012 03:59 PM

              You have to get out of DC.

              Wegmans usually has a good price on lobster. $6-$7 a pound aqnd they move a fair amount of it.

              It has been a while since I have paid attention but I am pretty sure that I have seen Uni at the Super HMart in Falls church. I don't know if it is a regulary item or not, but that would be the first place I checked.

              1. re: nmr2002
                comestibles Oct 19, 2012 06:11 PM

                H Mart has live lobster on sale THIS weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun) for $5.99 per pound.

                1. re: comestibles
                  tommyskitchen Oct 19, 2012 07:09 PM

                  But you have to get there early, it usually sells out quickly - Or at least on the days that I go there!

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