Do You Eat Shrimp Heads, Body Shells & Tails?
Posted 17 January 2011 - 09:30 AM
So, do you eat the tail? Why or why not?
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This does make me wonder about another dish at a Chinese restaurant in my hometown. They remove the legs from and devein the shrimp, but then leave the shells on and flour (cornstarch?) it. Then it's flash fried in peanut oil with lots of garlic, salt and pepper. I always thought it was weird that the seasonings all went on on top of the shells. Was I supposed to be eating them whole this whole time? The waitstaff never mentioned anything. I usually peeled the shells and ate the shrimp, licking my fingers to get all the great seasonings.
Posted 17 January 2011 - 12:05 PM
Same here - they are delicious!
If it's fried and the shell is crunchy, yup.
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Posted 17 January 2011 - 01:04 PM
I guess I figure if the kitchen has left the tail shell on, regardless of the type of restaurant, it's OK to do what is necessary to get all the meat. It would be a shame not to.
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Posted 17 January 2011 - 01:31 PM
To me, it was just as though I fear it might if I were eating a cockroach.
I didn't like it.
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Like others have said, I eat them if they're fried crispy. Heck, I eat some of the shells as well if they're crispy.
Oh yes- there is a cheap steam table combo Chinese place here that does fried whole in the shell with heads on shrimp. Like those chips that you can't eat just one of.
Posted 17 January 2011 - 09:50 PM
*YOU* may do that. *I* make my New Orleans Barbeque shrimp with shelled, tail-on, shrimp, from which I extract the last little morsel of tail meat, and leave the spent shell on my side plate.
I still sop up the broth with crusty bread, though.
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They tend to be a bit chewy and get stuck in your teeth if they're boiled or otherwise prepared.
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Posted 18 January 2011 - 10:09 AM
About the New Orleans Barbecued Shrimp, I lived in New Orleans for over 20 years and never saw anyone eating the heads or tails. That may be just me, because it's mostly a dish served at home. I have eaten them at Mr. B's, too, and still didn't see anyone eating the heads. But to each his own. It wouldn't hurt anyone to eat them.
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Am I the only one that finds the texture of shrimp shells/tails to be what I imagine eating plastic would be like?
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