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Apr 22, 2011 02:19 PM

'Tis the season for west coast spotted prawns!

Bought a couple of pounds of 'live' ones at T&T last weekend at $16.88 per pound. Just boiled them in salted water. Super sweet and chewy. No condiments needed. Chinese restaurants that have them charge at least $24.99 per pound for them! ( Judy's cuisine, O'Mei... )

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  1. They're actually called Spot Prawns, not Spotted.

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    1. re: Flexitarian

      We got some too. They were selling them for $37 pound at Judy's last week.

      1. re: caitlink

        Wow!! $37!! Thats day-light robbery!

      2. re: Flexitarian

        Hello Flexitarian,
        That was what the sign said. I guess with Loblaws now owner of T&T, the terminology was more correct than when T&T was Taiwanese owned?!!
        Besides, take a look at this: http://bcprawns.com/spot-prawn-goodne...
        Guess either way is find! ToMAYto, ToMARto!!!

        1. re: Charles Yu

          Good to know both terms are acceptable. :-)

          Does Spot Prawn or Spotted Prawn sound more posh? If I'm going to spend $37 for a pound of prawns, I'd prefer to sound more posh.

          I'm hoping some Chef in the GTA will be inspired to serve some Potted Spotted Prawns while the season is in full force ;-)

          1. re: Charles Yu

            I guess they are known under both names, sorry, but I have only ever heard 'Spot'. I didn't notice any spots though.

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          1. That's not a bad price! I love spot prawns. Where is T & T? I must go there.....NOW!
            ( Can't wait for wild leeks to start, very soon, if not already)

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              1. re: haggisdragon

                Talk to me about wild leeks... I LOVE LEEKS! Where do I get them? Do grocery stores label them "wild" leeks???

                1. re: Moimoi

                  Grocery stores often don't carry them but they are called ramps. Most often you get them at farmers' markets.

                  1. re: Moimoi

                    Yeah Like JennaBean said they usually call them ramps. They are delicious and expensive and you can only get them at farmers markets. They are only available for a few weeks in the spring, we're getting close to the end of their season now.

                2. re: froglegs

                  I went to their Warden/Steeles location. Special offer might be over though??!!

                3. It is on saleat T & T warden/steele this weekend for $13.99/lb. Very fresh.But not super sweet.

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                  1. re: smfan

                    The batch I got at T&T Cherry st was quite sweet, destroyed 7.5lbs worth. Diana's had them for $12.99 also this past weekend.

                    Now I have 8L of shrimp stock to contend with......

                      1. re: jayt90

                        I froze a bunch, left some out to make a ramp risotto tomorrow. Probably will use a lot of the rest for a thai soup.

                  2. T&T just had them on sale this week but kicking myself for missing it!! Instead, got the whole Ecuadorian shrimp for $3.88/lb - excellent price and they were really deelish, but I had to remove their heads, brains (or whatever that red goo was that oozed out of the head was), shells and vein... EEEUUUWWW! Won't do that again - not worth the time, not to mention the super ick factor.

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                    1. re: Moimoi

                      True shrimp lovers like to suck the goo out of the heads. That's not me; I can take it or leave it. I'll bet Chowhounds are split on this one.

                      1. re: jayt90

                        Not everything can be eaten, there is a garbage sack in the head which you have to avoid when sucking the goo out of the heads.

                        1. re: jayt90

                          I'm not big on the texture of the goo but I have texture issues overall so I may be in the minority.