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Real Scottish smoked kippers?

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Puffin3 Feb 12, 2014 06:56 AM

I'm looking for a store in/near Van. that sells authentic Scottish smoked kippers imported from Scotland.
NOT the puny little frozen stinky things I can get in plastic in my local grocery store. I want the LARGE smoked ones we used to have back in my childhood. They were wrapped in butcher paper and were about 12" long without the head. Does such a kipper still exist?
Recently saw an old 'Floyd' episode where he visited a Scottish smoke house. The kippers were the size I remember.
Visiting Van. soon and would like to get some.
Thanks for any help

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    bevo Mar 8, 2014 09:52 AM

    Just curious did you purchase the large smoked kippers at the Celtic Treasure Chest and were they Neptune whole kippers in a green box?
    Thanks for your reply

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      Puffin3 Mar 9, 2014 06:05 AM

      We haven't been to Van. yet. I'll let you know.
      Tell me more about the Neptune kippers in the green box. Is that a 'good thing' or should I beware? We are for sure going to CTC. I'll know right away if the kippers are the ones I'm looking for.
      Thanks

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        bevo Mar 12, 2014 08:57 PM

        I don't think you will ever find the kippers you are talking about in B.C. I know exactly and have enjoyed the big fat ones while in Scotlland. The frozen whole kippers that Aberdeen Neptune produce are head on..split to lay flat..bone in and are in a 335gr green box with a picture of kippers on the front of it. They are the closest thing that I can find to the real ones and we have enjoyed them for a few years.

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          Puffin3 Mar 13, 2014 06:58 AM

          Thanks.
          Ya, you know the ones I'm referring to.
          Hopefully the ones in the green box will be close.

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      Puffin3 Feb 13, 2014 07:03 AM

      Thanks a lot!
      I did call Celtic Treasure and they knew what I was looking for and had the large Scottish smoked kippers.
      I'm picking up a case in a couple of weeks.
      Nothing like them for a Sunday brunch.

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        LotusRapper Feb 13, 2014 07:29 AM

        *Like* :-)

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          Georgia Strait Feb 14, 2014 02:39 PM

          that's great - thx for the follow-up

          - I really like that little Celtic Treasure Chest shop on Dunbar - i go there sometimes for the crackers (biscuits) - cornish wafers! (round ones)

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            Puffin3 Feb 16, 2014 08:59 AM

            My wife's a 'Celt'. I'll bring back some goodies for her to make amends for the smell of the steam-sautéing kippers that WILL permeate the entire house. LOL!
            But OH the flavor! On second thought I'll cook them on the deck.

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          Georgia Strait Feb 12, 2014 02:14 PM

          Peter Black butcher shop in West Van? (it is in park royal SOUTH
          http://peterblackandsons.ca/

          British Butcher Shop(pe) in North Van? (I think they have an outlet in West Van too, on a the blue bus route
          )http://thebritishbutchershoppe.com/

          I have never been to this shop, however, they might have some suggestion for you - http://thebritishstore.ca/contact-us/

          I know my friend would buy me brit stuff in a shop up Lynn Canyon mall area - you'd have to google around to find it - it's in North Van, at the top of "the cut" from the 2nd narrows bridge - above the upper levels. If you get as far west as Lonsdale, you've gone too far.

          have you asked at one of the fish shops on Granville Island - they might have some leads for you.

          I agree with asking at Celtic Treasure Chest - I am sure I've seen frozen product there - it's on Dunbar just north of 41st. Handy little spot.

          I don't know exactly as some of us UK imports to Canada are not keen - however, it's worth a call - maybe they can send you to the source

          edit to add - I see LR already cited the butcher shop - do call the one in Park Royal

          1. LotusRapper Feb 12, 2014 08:25 AM

            Try calling:

            Celtic Treasure Chest
            http://www.celtictreasurechest.com/

            The British Butcher Shoppe
            http://thebritishbutchershoppe.com/

            McLean's
            http://mcleansfoods.com/

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