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Mar 26, 2014 08:57 AM

Edible frog market

Hello readers,
Where and how can I buy edible frogs?
I live in NJ

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  1. I've only ever seen them in NYC Chinatown ...

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    1. re: sixelagogo

      Where in NYC is China town? I am a NJ man, but will not mind going there.

      1. re: AyoEsuola

        Take Holland Tunnel to NYC. Take exit to Canal St.

      2. Ayo, the big Chinese markets will have frozen frogs legs and will sometimes carry live frog. If you tell us where you are, we can give more details.

        And sixel ... pretty much any ingredient you see in NYC Chinatown can be bought more easily in New Jersey.

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        1. re: BrianYarvin

          I live in Plainfield, New Jersey, and I need the entire frog and not the legs. Don't mind if its frozen.

          1. re: AyoEsuola

            Then why not try Asian Food Center on Centennial Avenue in Piscataway? It's in the same strip mall as Lowe's and Sports Authority.

            Ask in the seafood department.

          2. re: BrianYarvin

            Brian- i'm only familiar with bergen/essex area and asian markets here…the only asian, non-korean markets i know about are the japanese ones in Ridgewood&Mitsua, and King fung in Riveredge…
            it would awesome to crowdsource a CH list of ethnic markets by specialty/county & I might start a new thread for that…

            1. re: sixelagogo

              I love the idea. Do it as a separate thread so it doesn't get lost.

              I'll sum up here though: Korean and Japanese are best in Bergen County, the best Chinese market is Asian Food Center in Piscataway, and Vietnamese requires a trip to Philly, Allentown or Atlantic City for real excellence.

              And one of the strange facts of the Garden State is that great markets don't equal great restaurants. They seem to be completely unrelated.

          3. On a few occasions I have seen live frogs in a barrel by the fish department at New KF Asian Supermarket in River Edge on Kinderkamack Road.

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            1. re: scott10

              Was just at king fung yesterday---no frogs there

              1. re: sixelagogo

                It is possible that they only have them on Saturdays since that is the day that I have seen them there before. Or, perhaps, they longer stock live frogs.

            2. Most of the Chinese supermarkets in Elmhurst and Flushing in Queens have live frogs in tanks in the seafood sections. There must be similar markets in Jersey.

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              1. re: wolmania

                The OP is in Plainfield, and Brian Yarvin (who has written at least one book about Asian food) gave a suggestion in central NJ!

                1. re: Curlz

                  While most of the big Asian supermarkets in Queens and New Jersey share the same management, they exist under different food retailing laws. While I don't know the details, I suspect that the sale of live animals could be one of those differences.

                  (I have only seen frog sold live or as frozen frog's legs)

                  Normally, my instinct would be to say that there isn't anything that can be found in a Chinatown or Queens market that can't be found in New Jersey too, but live amphibians may well be that one thing.

                  I believe that the Asian Food Center in Piscataway is the equal of any Asian supermarket in the New York area and generally far better than what you can find in Manhattan Chinatown markets. However, like I say, live frog could be the one exception. You won't know without visiting.

                  Why not head over and have a food adventure?

                  1. re: BrianYarvin

                    Good point. Come to Queens. We rock.
                    I saw live frogs at NY Mart in Little Neck last week:
                    249-26 Horace Harding Expressway