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Quality Imitation crab Meat

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May 19, 2008
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Quality Imitation crab Meat

I've been making a lot of Sushi lately, and I'm having trouble finding quality imitation crab meat (sticks).

I've tried buying from a few like places like Metro, and China Town, and a lot of them taste like chalk. The best i've found so far is "Wang" brand that I get at PAT grocery in Little Korean, but I don't feel that it's as good as what you get at a nice Japanese restaurant.

Does anyone know where I can get restaurant grade imitation crab meat?
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Wiill wrote:
Oct 4th, 2009 3:13 pm
I've been making a lot of Sushi lately, and I'm having trouble finding quality imitation crab meat (sticks).

I've tried buying from a few like places like Metro, and China Town, and a lot of them taste like chalk. The best i've found so far is "Wang" brand that I get at PAT grocery in Little Korean, but I don't feel that it's as good as what you get at a nice Japanese restaurant.

Does anyone know where I can get restaurant grade imitation crab meat?
I don't eat "Wang". Try buying real crab it tastes way better.
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AVOID the brand called "Neptune's Delight" or something like that. It makes me gag. I bought it once from No Frills.

The best I have found is the Clover Leaf brand, purchased from Costco. However it is not in "stick" format.
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Go to:
Galleria Supermarket

7171 Yonge St. (Thornhill) between Yonge & Doncaster...

Look for the red coloured one from Japan. I've used it to make sushi countless times and it has not let me down. I think it is the same one or similar to what the restaurants use.

(They also have a huge selection of sushi ingredients lined up in one section. So please check it out.)
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Favourite imitation crab meat (sticks) that my wife and I both like is Osaki Brand Fish Cake, product of Japan. Available at T&T supermarkets, and a few other Asian food stores.
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whoa....back up the truck!!!

There's no such thing as a quality imitation product. It's fake. Use the real stuff or go home. For the amount you're going to use for sushi...which isn't a whole lot...buy the real deal for goodness sake and treat yourself.
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RobDek wrote:
Oct 6th, 2009 7:00 am
whoa....back up the truck!!!

There's no such thing as a quality imitation product. It's fake. Use the real stuff or go home. For the amount you're going to use for sushi...which isn't a whole lot...buy the real deal for goodness sake and treat yourself.
And out come the snobs.
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The portion in sushi is so small that I usually can't taste it. only feel the texture.
I prefer to eat them with noodles.
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RobDek wrote:
Oct 6th, 2009 7:00 am
whoa....back up the truck!!!

There's no such thing as a quality imitation product. It's fake. Use the real stuff or go home. For the amount you're going to use for sushi...which isn't a whole lot...buy the real deal for goodness sake and treat yourself.
That's so easy for you to say my Altantic Canada friend. It's not so easy to get crab meat out of Lake Ontario.....
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What we get here in the Maritimes is the same as what you get...the crab is caught, processed and frozen/canned in a blink of an eye....it's the same whether you buy it in Toronto, Charlottetown, or Moncton and about the same price.

Yes, when it comes to seafood....I'm definitely a snob. It makes me just sick when I visit Costco and look at the seafood packaging in the frozen section...most of it from China...very insulting to see that here in the Maritimes when local fishermen are facing tough times making ends meet because many seafood products have hit rock bottom wholesale pricing yet the retail pricing doesn't reflect it.
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the stuff thats packaged on a foam tray with cellophane and in bits is decent but the sticks in plastic packaging yuck texture is very rubbery and no taste.
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