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'Tis the season for west coast spotted prawns!

Charles Yu Apr 22, 2011 02:19 PM

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. Flexitarian RE: Charles Yu Apr 22, 2011 02:49 PM

    They're actually called Spot Prawns, not Spotted.

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      caitlink RE: Flexitarian Apr 22, 2011 03:10 PM

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

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        Charles Yu RE: caitlink Apr 22, 2011 03:24 PM

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

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        Charles Yu RE: Flexitarian Apr 22, 2011 03:21 PM

        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!!!

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          prima RE: Charles Yu Apr 23, 2011 07:16 AM

          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 ;-)

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            Flexitarian RE: Charles Yu Apr 23, 2011 09:19 AM

            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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          froglegs RE: Charles Yu Apr 23, 2011 06:43 AM

          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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            haggisdragon RE: froglegs Apr 23, 2011 08:58 AM

            the wild leeks are here

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              Moimoi RE: haggisdragon May 16, 2011 07:59 PM

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

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                JennaBean RE: Moimoi May 17, 2011 07:24 AM

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

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                  haggisdragon RE: Moimoi May 18, 2011 08:19 AM

                  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.

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                    Notorious P.I.G. RE: haggisdragon May 18, 2011 05:12 PM

                    Fiesta Farms has Ramps.

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                      haggisdragon RE: Notorious P.I.G. May 18, 2011 08:12 PM

                      True, I meant to mention that!

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                Charles Yu RE: froglegs Apr 23, 2011 03:41 PM

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

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                smfan RE: Charles Yu May 13, 2011 09:17 AM

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

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                  aser RE: smfan May 16, 2011 12:05 AM

                  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......

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                    jayt90 RE: aser May 16, 2011 06:36 PM

                    concentrate it?

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                      aser RE: jayt90 May 16, 2011 07:47 PM

                      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. Moimoi RE: Charles Yu May 18, 2011 10:20 AM

                  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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                    jayt90 RE: Moimoi May 18, 2011 03:15 PM

                    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.

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                      skylineR33 RE: jayt90 May 18, 2011 03:44 PM

                      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.

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                        JennaBean RE: jayt90 May 20, 2011 01:26 PM

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

                    2. Moimoi RE: Charles Yu May 18, 2011 11:01 AM

                      p.s. Did anyone mention that they were on sale this week at T&T for #13.88/lb (flown in from Vancouver). Sale is over, but I'm thinking/hoping that they'll bring in more as the season is a few more months.

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                        Charles Yu RE: Moimoi May 18, 2011 03:33 PM

                        I made a posting on this last week!!

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                          Moimoi RE: Charles Yu May 18, 2011 05:48 PM

                          Wish I knew about spot prawns last week, but only learned about their existence when I saw the T&T flyer, and then only because I was strangely craving shrimp at the time, which lead to researching the subject and here I am. Now if I could just get someone to tell me a really bad story about T&T's prepared food section so that I would stop eating there every time I go, that would be great, but instead I continue to hope each time that it will be as good as it looks instead of greasy, gristly, greasy... but I digress.

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                            Charles Yu RE: Moimoi May 18, 2011 06:05 PM

                            Coming to your rescue again!!! Ha! LoL!!!
                            I also posted about T&T 's nasty prepared food sometimes ago!!


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                              caitlink RE: Charles Yu May 18, 2011 06:08 PM

                              you can eat it at Elegantview (vic Park and McNicoll). $11 for first pound, 16 for second pound.

                              3601 Victoria Park Ave, Toronto, ON M1W, CA

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                                Moimoi RE: caitlink May 18, 2011 06:17 PM

                                What can you eat at Elegantview? Spot prawns?

                                3601 Victoria Park Ave, Toronto, ON M1W, CA

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                                Moimoi RE: Charles Yu May 18, 2011 06:15 PM

                                When will I learn?! Thanks... I'll read it. Hope something burns in there so I will stop this madness!

                        2. aser RE: Charles Yu May 19, 2011 11:06 PM

                          $12.99 again at Diana's this week.

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                            smfan RE: Charles Yu May 20, 2011 07:31 AM

                            It is on sale again at T&T this long weekend.

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