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Soft Shell Crabs in Chinatown

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Velda Mae Jun 20, 2013 10:20 AM

Where should I go for soft shell crabs in Chinatown? I know Peach Farm is a perennial Chowhound fave but are there places I should try?

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    markin617 RE: Velda Mae Jun 20, 2013 06:14 PM

    Have you tried the Peach Farm version. If not, I would try them first before you go exploring other options. They are a bit expensive but I don't think the other places selling them for $14.95 and the like are using fresh (never frozen) crabs. The difference is significant.

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      Velda Mae RE: markin617 Jun 21, 2013 05:07 AM

      I have had the Peach Farm version and liked them very much. I wanted a backup plan in case there's an lengthy wait to get into Peach Farm, as there often is.

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        divinebaboon RE: markin617 Jun 22, 2013 09:00 AM

        Went to peach farm at 2am last night, they wanted me to pay $21.95 for soft shell crap, eek

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          cambridgedoctpr RE: divinebaboon Jun 22, 2013 09:57 AM

          how many and how big?

          much as a love them, they are so easy to prepare that i rarely eat them at a restaurant - except bought a crab sandwich for my SO at BT's.

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            markin617 RE: cambridgedoctpr Jun 24, 2013 08:46 AM

            cambridgedoctpr: This preparation is made up of cut up pieces, so it's hard to tell what they started out as. However, it is a reasonably generous portion.

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            Velda Mae RE: divinebaboon Jun 24, 2013 04:29 AM

            Now that's interesting because I went to Peach Farm on Friday night and asked if they had fresh soft shell crabs. They said no, that they'd been really hard to get and they wouldn't have any more until Monday.

            We wound up at New Jumbo Seafood and the soft shell crabs were not very good, crispy but not salty or spicy.

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          tysonmcneely RE: Velda Mae Jun 21, 2013 10:08 AM

          2 well recommended alternatives for cantonese seafood are New Jumbo Seafood and East Ocean city. Both are good, however I've only had the soft shells at Peach farm, so I can't vouch for either.

          1. KWagle RE: Velda Mae Jun 23, 2013 03:30 AM

            I've had soft shells many times at Taiwan Cafe and enjoyed them.

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