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Aug 23, 2010 10:31 AM

Looking for large shrimp/prawn with head on

I wanted to make this grilled Satay dish I had in Singapore, and I'm looking for large head-on shrimp. Where can I find some? When I say large, I mean in the <15 count/lb variety.

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  1. Again, I've seen them at the Asian markets. However, they may be seasonal. Otherwise, I'd call Rex Seafood on Lovers Lane or, TJ's Seafood at Preston Forest's S/W corner.

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    1. re: twinwillow

      The asian store ones are always so small and scrawny! My parents are visiting over labor day so I'd love to grill some big ones. Will call the seafood places you suggested. How are they price-wise compared to central market?

      1. re: pgwiz1

        i saw <15 shrimp at SeaBreeze which is at Preston and Spring Creek in Plano. I can't remember if the heads were on though, I'm thinking not. I would call and ask but the shrimp looked good and they had a few different sizes.

        Spring Creek Restaurants
        4108 S Carrier Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75052

        1. re: pgwiz1

          Anything you see at the Asian markets is going to be waaaaaaay less expensive than Central Market.
          Let us know how you did.

      2. I would call 99Ranch Market. They had some reasonably large head on a couple of weeks ago.

        1. Are you looking for monster sized ones or just the little ones you can throw in a pan? I bet the ones on the link below were almost a pound themselves.

          Otherwise I would go with Seabreeze, TJ's or Rex's.

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          1. re: LewisvilleHounder

            Those prawns were amazing, I am still haunted by that whole experiennce at Andaman. Emailing TJ's as I write this. Will have an answer in the morning. How many are you needing?

            1. re: LewisvilleHounder

              Ideally I would like the ones like in the link....If you know the owner/chef at Andaman, anyway to find out where they get their supply?

              If it's that size, probably 12-16.

            2. A call to TJ's netted a price for 10 to 12 count head on shrimp to be 14.99 a pound. They have the best quality I have found. You probably should call Jon and see what he has when you need it. 214-691-2369. Enjoy!

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                1. re: pgwiz1

                  got an email out to Achava at Andaman to see where he got those prawns

              1. Fiesta in Irving ..The store on Irving Blvd