I’ve had sea urchin plenty of times, but this was the first time I had it like this, where it was still inside the sea urchin and the thing was still alive. Getting the gonads out (that’s the yellow stuff that you eat) was actually a bit more difficult than I had thought. You have to navigate some other weird bits in there and more likely than not your spoonful of sea urchin comes out with some extra gooey things you’ve probably never seen at the sushi bar.
Quality Seafood Inc. is a seafood shop located on the Redondo Beach boardwalk. Half of the place is pre-prepared food, but I’d recommend going to the side which has live seafood that you pick out yourself and have them cook for you. It’s a nice little place to get your steamed crab fix. Plus you get to stare your food in the face right before you kill it and put it in your mouth. Perfect for all you psychotic homicidal crab murderers. “Aww, you so cute. Now I’m going to steam you to death, smash you with a hammer, and put you in my mouth! Om nom nom…”
Fresh sea urchin
After picking out a sea urchin they open and “clean” it for you. I put the ‘clean’ in quotes because they just sort of pick at it with their fingers, and pretty much leave all the extraneous gooey bits (and even some broken spikes) in there. Oh, and the sea urchin is still moving while you eat it.
Clam chowder tastes better when it’s served in a bread bowl. That’s just a simple fact of life.
You pick out a crab and then they prepare it for you. I had mine steamed, but I believe you can also have it deep fried or however else it is that people eat crab. Living?
The seafood steamer.
Mmm…steamed crab. Grab yourself some newspaper and a wooden mallet and you’ve got yourself a meal. This was the first time I used a mallet instead of those metal cracker things. And while it was efficient and way more fun, it was also a tad messier, since when you hit a crab with a hammer it’s only natural for crab pieces/juice to go flying.
130 S International Boardwalk
Redondo Beach, CA 90277