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"Danish" Lobster Tails

JugglerDave Apr 7, 2005 05:30 PM

Dining in West Palm Beach, I had a dish called "Danish" Lobster Tails. There were 15 or so of these minute tails on a plate; each one was maybe an inch long of tail meat.

Doing a google search, I only found "Danish Lobster Tails" on menus in Florida (and one restaurant in Atlanta).

Question is: What are they? Crawfish tails? Some other species of lobster? Native to Florida or imported? What are they called elsewhere in the US?


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    coll Apr 9, 2005 08:44 AM

    Real danish lobster tails come in a case with an import sticker on it that states origin. I would think "danish" lobster tails might be something similar but not from there.

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    1. re: coll
      twodales Apr 9, 2005 04:39 PM

      As a child growing up in the 60's I distinctly remember these being on the menus of "fancy" restaurants such as the now defunct Henrici's in Chicago. Our parents always took us out to nice restaurants and I think this is why I became a foodie. (I sometimes miss these formal & civilized restaurants.) I have eaten hundreds of these as a child but I think they disappeared off of menus in the 70's...until now! I wonder if they are small lobsters or langoustine? Are they available in the Midwest these days? Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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      Pat Hammond Apr 8, 2005 09:31 AM

      My Food Lover's Companion lists Danish lobster tails under the heading of "prawn", along with langoustines, lobsterettes and scampi. The term "prawn" is confusing in itself, because it's used to describe a lot of different small lobster-like, or large shrimp-like shellfish.

      I hope they were delicious!

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      1. re: Pat Hammond
        butterfly Apr 8, 2005 11:22 AM

        The problem is that the English language is inaccurate and general when it comes to seafood and crustaceans, so we often adopt foreign terms and use them incorrectly.

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          Pat Hammond Apr 8, 2005 11:28 AM

          Yes, and if it makes them sound "fancy" you can charge more for them!

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        wally Apr 7, 2005 07:16 PM

        In Denmark, crayfish are called "krebs".

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          butterfly Apr 7, 2005 06:03 PM

          I've never heard them called Danish Lobster, but I think these were dublin bay prawns (cigalas, in Spanish). They are hard to crack and get the meat out of, but tasty nonetheless.

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            The Rogue Apr 7, 2005 05:43 PM

            They are langoustines.

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