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Spot Prawn Availability/Festival

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repartee Apr 15, 2010 12:31 PM

The Spot Prawn Festival is on May 8 this year I hear.

Will be going but am also wondering if they are available from the boats at Steveston. Last year I got some Ama Ebi there -$10.00 for 5 lbs Ate them raw. Are they one and the same? They certainly look it.

  1. j
    jcolvin Apr 18, 2010 06:59 PM

    No, the amaebi you got from Steveston would have been sidestripe shrimp. Much smaller than spot prawns, but still damn tasty and a real good deal, great both cooked and raw. You should be able to find spot prawns in season live (best way to get them) for around $10/lb from T&T when they are on special, perhaps $15/lb at other times. Perhaps at Steveston, but probably not live. The prawn boat at Granville fishermans warf has them frozen too.

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    1. re: jcolvin
      mh0408 Apr 19, 2010 01:27 PM

      Ditto. I usually pick mine up at T&T for $10/lb in the early summer. Throw them in boiling water and I have myself a perfect snack with a nice cold beer =). can''t waitttttt!

      1. re: mh0408
        j
        jcolvin Apr 22, 2010 08:15 PM

        oh yeah! the key is a *very* short boil. ie only a few second. once they've started changing color they are pretty much done. they should be crunchy. and suck the heads, of course :)

      2. re: jcolvin
        r
        repartee Apr 19, 2010 03:46 PM

        Thanks. I want to go back and get the amaebi. Know I went last year but forget the season. Is it the same as spot prawns - in a couple of weeks?

        1. re: repartee
          fmed Apr 20, 2010 05:47 PM

          It fairly easy to identify spot prawns vs side stripe shrimps: Spot prawns have stripes down their head (carapace) and have whitish spots on their upper shell segments (hence the name).
          Side stripes are smaller than spot prawns and have stripes down their bodies (not their heads).

          1. re: fmed
            Sam Salmon Apr 20, 2010 07:00 PM

            In terms of Shrimp my all time fave is Humpback or King Shrimp, from time to time boats from Northern BC will have some for sale you'll see them @ Fisherman's Wharf in Vancouver or Steveston.

            Is it better because it has a sprinkle of unobtainium?

            Not really the nuttier flavour stands up better to stir fries and the like-Sidestripe I like raw in sandwiches or wraps.

            http://northislandexplorer.com/crusta...

            1. re: Sam Salmon
              fmed Apr 20, 2010 07:19 PM

              Spot Prawns have their size and some good marketing behind them. (They are technically "shrimp" too!).

          2. re: repartee
            fmed Apr 20, 2010 07:17 PM

            It is confusing as to what constitutes "amaebi". Many places call any smallish raw coldwater ocean shrimp amaebi. However I have also read that only Pacific Pink Shrimp (Pandalus borealis ) are true amaebi. Here is one such site: http://shizuokagourmet.wordpress.com/crustacean-species-4-amaebialaskan-pink-shrimp-pink-shrimp/

            And this one contradicts it:
            http://www.sushiencyclopedia.com/sush...

            Anyone know for sure?

          3. re: jcolvin
            grayelf Apr 20, 2010 11:59 AM

            Don't tell anyone but I prefer sidestrip to spot... shh... losing CH cred :-).

            1. re: grayelf
              now_me_hungry Apr 22, 2010 11:35 AM

              @grayelf: on the contrary...your comment makes me really curious to try sidestripes :)

            2. re: jcolvin
              sumashi Apr 21, 2010 12:08 AM

              Oh, wow $10/lb is a great deal. Wish we had a T&T here in Vic. I bought some spot prawns recently at Thrifty's... i think it was around $4/100g.. ? :) Anybody have any tips for seafood sourcing here?

              I was on the sustainable seafood website and just realized that black tiger shrimp is an AVOID (I should've know this a long time ago if I thought about it)... and it says spot prawn is the best alternative.... Any other good alternatives you would recommend?

              1. re: sumashi
                grayelf Apr 26, 2010 11:05 AM

                Excerpt from http://www.chefstablesociety.com/

                The Chefs’ Table Society of BC is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Spot Prawn Festival. Lasting for the duration of the season, the six to eight week Spot Prawn Festival will kick off on Saturday May 8th from 12pm – 3pm with a community and family-friendly event at False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf.

                This rain or shine launch will feature delicious spot prawn dishes, spot prawn specials at the award-winning Go Fish, a gathering of Vancouver’s chef and restaurant community, and the arrival of the season’s first spot prawns as local fishermen return to the wharf with their catch.

                1. re: grayelf
                  fmed Apr 26, 2010 12:25 PM

                  Picked up live Spots at T&T last week for $12.99/lb. It should go down to around $7.99/lb at the height of the season.

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                    Tinfoilhat Apr 29, 2010 09:03 PM

                    $10.99today, so going down.

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                      j
                      jcolvin May 1, 2010 01:17 AM

                      $16 / lb is T&T today :(, but $13 in Yaohan, which is weird cause usually yaohan is more expensive.

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                      j
                      jcolvin May 7, 2010 06:19 PM

                      $10 at T&T now

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                        KGill Jun 20, 2010 12:43 PM

                        $10.99 today at T & T.

                        1. re: KGill
                          sumashi Jun 20, 2010 09:27 PM

                          just bought spot-prawns at Thrifty's yesterday : $13.50/lb

              2. fmed Apr 15, 2010 12:55 PM

                Around here Spot Prawns are amaebi (but not necessarily the other way around). Since the name "amaebi" is fairly generic ("sweet shrimp"), you could very well be getting a different shrimp if you order amaebi at a sushi restaurant.

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