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Question about King Crab Season 2014

Hi Chowhounders

Planning a weekend trip from L.A. to Vancouver for mid-March. I was wondering what's the likelihood that'll coincide with primetime King Crab season? Also, since there's only 2 of us travelling, is it possible to find smaller King Crabs that are good for 2 people? (I've only seen pictures of 10+ lb King Crabs that are usually served for bigger parties.)

Anyway, any insight is appreciated. BTW, I've been travelling to Vancouver the past couple of years because the city, people, and, most importantly, food are great! You guys got it good there!! Thanks in advance.

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    1. thank you for the compliment - I'm glad there are direct flights betw/ our respective metro areas

      you sound like you enjoy seafood and are interested in sustainable - this website from the Vancouver aquarium may interest you - http://www.oceanwise.ca/

      do you see on the right-hand side of page you can choose a "species" --- and just below that, you can find certified (by this program) businesses

      it's a little fresh in terms of temp outside today (hovering around 38F in the shade at 9"30am) however the sun is out and it's nice and clear and clean - have a look at the food truck threads here - that's something that is easy to enjoy during (mainly) weekdays during lunch hour downtown.

      1. ps - not sure of your budget - this is higher-end - well-reputed - seafood - it is in the Four Seasons Hotel downtown http://www.yewseafood.com/

        1. thanks for the replies so far. just to clarify, i'm interested in King Crab prepared at a Chinese restaurant, i.e. the 3 or 4 courses with steamed legs, fried knuckles, and rice or noodles.

          i've previously read that there's a short timeframe where the King Crab is abundant and cheap (relative to the other parts of the year). i thought it was somewhere in the february to may timeframe, but i could be wrong. can anyone confirm this timeframe? thanks.

          1. Some discussions from prior years:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8916...
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6908...
            http://tinyurl.com/n6ap7y4

            mid-march is getting late but you should still be able to find some (in particular small may be all you find that late) but much depends on the catch.

            1. kinnichinnik

              thanks for the links. very useful information in planning my next trip.

              1. There's three common species of King crab.
                The Chinese restaurants in Richmond, South Vancouver, will have what you are looking for. You can avoid the traffic in downtown Van. too.
                IMO dungeness crab has a better texture/flavor than King crab.

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                1. re: Puffin3

                  I eat a lot of dungeness crab; go crabbing for it regularly and often eat it at Chinese and Anglo restaurants.
                  It is no where even close to the sweetness and butteryness of king crab.
                  Cal boy, you might be able to catch the tail end of king crab season in mid-march. It looks like its starting a bit later this year. But king crab season here mostly just means you can get it cheap. Most of the preferred places mentioned in the other threads should either have it in stock or be able to get one for you if you request it when you make a reservation.
                  I had an amazing Russian king crab last Saturday at shanghai river in Richmond. Would definitely recommend it as a potential location.

                  1. re: barcosbarcos

                    barcosbarcos

                    thanks for the reply. yeah, nothing beats the sweetness of king crab.

                    i've seen big 10+ lb. king crabs, but since there's only 2 of us, was wondering if restaurants usually have "smaller" king crabs. any insight is appreciated. thanks.

                2. Venice Garden is mid-range chinese food and in previous years they would do a half king crab in the 3 courses for parties of two. http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/14/158083...

                  I'm also trying to find out when this years king crab season starts! Which is how I came upon your question. Anyway, I'll keep you posted.

                  1. Agree with Cal Boy on the fantastic food in Vancouver. Actually taking my folks up this coming weekend for our annual king crab feast. Any insight into how the season is shaping up is much appreciated!

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                    1. re: DiggyK

                      Any update on the status of the current season?

                      1. re: ntacus

                        A Calgary Hound had it at Lucky Tao on Friday for $28.88 a pound.

                        1. re: grayelf

                          Actually, as of the last weekend, Lucky Tao was $23.95. Excelsior was $26.98 and Western Lake the one at $28.88 a pound. I was the one that had it at Lucky Tao on Friday.

                          1. re: miss.foodie

                            Any opinions on SSW Richmond vs Dynasty on Broadway? I called both and they are $28/$29/lb respectively today and we are planning a trip this weekend for a group. We had a time restriction and these two had openings that fit. Dynasty wants me to pre-order the crab now though.

                        2. re: ntacus

                          We ended up going to Empire (the one off Alexandra, not the one on #3 Road).

                          $21.99/lb cooked three ways: salt & pepper deep fried body, garlic steamed legs, "portugese" rice baked in shell.

                          All done very well. They had tanks full of them but the night we went the largest was only about 11 pounds.