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Aug 18, 2012 12:36 PM

Do You Serve Shrimp With Tail Shells On?

I can't stand this "accepted" method of serving shrimp, it just seems like a really rude thing to do--making the guests go digging and maneuvering around, or leaving a perfectly nice last bite of shrimp on their plate.

Any thoughts???

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  1. No tails in my house. Tales, but no tails.

    1. Tails if appetizers/fingerfood like shrimp cocktail, but never tails if they are incorporated into a dish. I have read here that many people actually enjoy eating the tails.....

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          1. re: coll

            Lol, re: Eating the tail... for years, I've seen my husband do this. I tried a few weeks ago, liked it!

            1. re: tamagoji

              Yes, I frequently eat shell-on shrimp tails myself sometimes. It depends on how tender they are, as the texture can vary.

          2. Evidently, your guests don't know how to eat shrimp. One gently pinches the tail where it surrounds the last morsel of meat, while gripping the exposed meat with the teeth and pulling gently. The whole thing pops out intact. No "digging" or "maneuvering."

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            1. re: GH1618

              I do not serve shrimp with the tails on--ever!

              1. re: KSlink

                I believe you already made that clear.

                1. re: KSlink

                  Make sure you NEVER eat a Chinese dish with shrimp EVER AGAIN.

                  Your personal preference is your personal preference - it is not "RUDE", it is just that you seem to be incompetent with handling shrimp-with-tails.

                  1. re: huiray

                    It's completely possible to eat shrimp with tails with a fork and knife...without making a mess or breaking a sweat.

                    I've yet to perfect getting that last little bite out of the tail itself without using my fingers...but then if I'm using a fork and knife I'm probably also eating somewhere that the risk of ruining whatever I'm wearing is pretty high.

                    1. re: huiray

                      And just where does my post indicate that I am incompetent in handling tail on shrimp?

                        1. re: huiray

                          Actually, I was thinking of restaurant customers as guests, that's how I like to think of them--it helps in maintaining a positive mind set under grueling conditions sometimes! :)

                  2. re: GH1618

                    If it's in a stir-fry or pasta there's a lot of "maneuvering" with your knife and fork.

                  3. I'm sad that many people don't consider it acceptable to serve shrimp with the head on.

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                    1. re: FoodPopulist

                      The heads are served separately in sushi bars, with the tails, as ama ebi.

                      1. re: GH1618

                        I have to say that raw shrimp - both freshwater & saltwater - are something I've never been able to warm up to as sushi. The ones I've tried have been pristinely fresh, but there's something about the texture that just doesn't appeal to me.

                      2. re: FoodPopulist

                        I'm with you -- fresh Gulf shrimp, boiled with the heads on, refrigerated, and eaten in the company of good friends and rum drinks.

                        Don't wanna deal with the shells? You're not invited.

                        1. re: FoodPopulist

                          If they are fresh and alive, yes I serve the head. The problem is when they are dead. there is an enzyme in the head that starts changing the texture of the flesh to mush after they die. This is why the head is usually removed after they a caught.

                          the only side note I can add to this is serving the head itself. If I'm frying it, like at a sushi bar. I remove the the two armour plates that are on the side of the head. Otherwise, it's all edible.

                        2. Boy, I wonder what your reaction would be with shell-on shrimps ...

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