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Dishes where tails are left on the shrimp

Are you supposed to eat the tail? I had a lovely cajun styled shrimp, crawfish and fish dish, but the tails were left on the shrimp. I was very confused about how to eat this dish. Not knowing what to do, I used a knife and fork and cut the tails off.

by Anonymousreply 3402/14/2013

You pull the tails off or cut them off. The shrimp make a prettier presentation with their tails on. Also shells can add to the flavor of the dish. Not because you eat them but because you cook with them.

by Anonymousreply 102/13/2013

I like to pry every bit of meat I can from the tail so not to waste any. I love shrimp!

by Anonymousreply 202/13/2013

You can eat it but it's not very tasty. Pull the tails off with your fingers then suck the juicy goodness out of the tail. Same applies to heads left on.

by Anonymousreply 302/13/2013

I remember the first time I ordered a dish with shrimp in Italy, and they came with the heads still on. I'd never seen a shrimp with eyes before. I thought they were decorative capers or something.

by Anonymousreply 402/13/2013

If you pull off the tail and it still sticks to the shell, the shrimp is overcooked.

by Anonymousreply 502/13/2013

Are you fucking retarded, OP?

by Anonymousreply 602/13/2013

Well, shrimp or not, I ALWAYS love to suck the tail and heads for ALL the flavor!

I do prefer beef to shrimp.

by Anonymousreply 702/13/2013

If you order amaebi (freshwater shrimp) in a sushi restaurant they will serve you the shrimp meat the same way they would salt water shrimp sushi. However, they will also serve you the rest of the shrimp (eye balls and all) tempura battered and fried. And if somebody fried a fisherman's toe nail clippings in tempura batter, I'd imagine it would taste the same.

I highly recommend amaebi. Skip the fried shrimp shells.

by Anonymousreply 802/14/2013

There is one place in Chinatown where I can get living shrimp. I stir fry them directly and they squirm about a bit, but then they die and I suck their heads, good juicy heads.

by Anonymousreply 902/14/2013

Cajun Gay here: Pinch the shrimp tail to extract the meat within and discard the tail shell. If shrimp is fried tail-on, you can eat the tail shell.

by Anonymousreply 1002/14/2013

I love shrimp tails. Maximal crunch.

by Anonymousreply 1102/14/2013

Cajun gays suck well

by Anonymousreply 1202/14/2013

I was served a dish once in Hong Kong called drowning shrimp. It was a very hot, spicy soup into which live shrimp were dropped at the table. They squirmed as they cooked and then I was supposed to eat it. I ate it, but have never been able to eat shrimp since then.

by Anonymousreply 1302/14/2013

What is it with Asians and torturing their food?

by Anonymousreply 1402/14/2013

torture is our specialty

by Anonymousreply 1502/14/2013

Shrimp are high in cholesterol. You can easily suffer a coronary while eating them, tail or no tail.

In Louisiana this is called making a fais do-do.

by Anonymousreply 1602/14/2013

How long until this thread devolves into a discussion of "shrimping"?

by Anonymousreply 1702/14/2013

You can go ahead and eat the tail if you are that stupid, it won't make you sick.

But for most of us, we use the tail as a handle while we eat the shrimp, and pinch the tail to get the meat out of it instead of cutting it off with the meat still inside.

by Anonymousreply 1802/14/2013

If they don't expect you to eat the tail, why do they leave the tails one? Makes no sense.

by Anonymousreply 1902/14/2013

No they don't R16.

by Anonymousreply 2002/14/2013

I don't eat shellfish.

by Anonymousreply 2102/14/2013

I think R9 should be fried.

by Anonymousreply 2202/14/2013

R13 Maybe they want you to eat the shrimp with your fingers holding the tail. As you would with a shrimp cocktail.

by Anonymousreply 2302/14/2013

OP unfortunately there ate many excellent sauced seafood dishes, like moules marinières, that are served with shells or tails intact.

I'll admit I rarely order them as they tend to be messy. Also. I find it odd that the sauce or broth was cooked with the discards. Some restaurants will serve bouillabasse with the meat as a separate dish.

It's silly. So many beef and poultry dishes are served with bones attached. It's just a personal thing. I don't mind shrimp served with the tails on, if the dish isn't sauced.

by Anonymousreply 2402/14/2013

I hope they were at least de-veined.

by Anonymousreply 2502/14/2013

R25 Especially if you know what "vein" is a euphemism for.

by Anonymousreply 2602/14/2013

You bite off the tails and spit them across the room.

by Anonymousreply 2702/14/2013

Chicken is served with bones. They don't expect you to eat the bones too R19.

by Anonymousreply 2802/14/2013

But why put it in meals that you eat like a stew or soap?

by Anonymousreply 2902/14/2013

R29, don't but the tail on the soap, put your soap on your tail.

by Anonymousreply 3002/14/2013

Finger food, dear, finger food.

by Anonymousreply 3102/14/2013

Ewww some places leave the heads on? Thats nasty!

by Anonymousreply 3202/14/2013

I eat them when the shrimp are fried.

by Anonymousreply 3302/14/2013

It is the height of gauchery not to eat the entire shrimp as it is presented. Cutting off the tail fin is an insult to your host.

I suppose you do the same thing with lobster, don't you, OP?


by Anonymousreply 3402/14/2013
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