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Feb 12, 2011 03:20 PM

The Almost Perfect, Guilt-Free, Shrimp to Eat

Pandalus platyceros

Spot Prawns range all along the Pacific coast, but mostly in the north Pacific.

"But one shrimp has it all: the spot prawn caught off the coast of British Columbia. The species is big, luscious, and caught in a completely sustainable manner. Its only drawback is that Canadians have recently awakened to these virtues, and devour most of the catch before it can be exported...Instead of dragging nets, spot-prawn fishermen use round, washtub-sized traps that operate on the same principle as lobster pots—prawns are lured in by containers of fishmeal and are unable to get out."


I remembered these live shrimp being offered for sale at New Sang Chong Market in Oakland Chinatown, so I went this morning and took some pictures:


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  1. Lucky Seafood (378-8th st) and Hung Wan Market (333-8th St) also carry them but haven't had any this year since there hasn't been any "sale" on them. no specials.

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    1. re: shanghaikid

      I've also seen them at Lucky and Hung Wan as well but not in a long time.

      There's a California and Monterey variety of the same family, but probably much stronger species in the Northwest like crab, colder water. In Monterey I've gotten them a few times at local markets and I had them at R&G Lounge this past summer (excellent). I don't know where the Lucky or Hung Wan come from but probably local?

      1. re: ML8000

        heartell lucky and/or hung wan's spot shrimp comes from the vancouver, b.c. area.

    2. monterey market have them live for sale today. the guy at the register was telling a customer the best way to cook em was to saute in butter, garlic and cilantro...served with some hot sauce.

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