Spot Prawn Fishing in Puget Sound

 Posted by on May 19, 2016 at 11:24 am  Outdoors  No Responses »
May 192016
 

 

Spot prawns from Puget Sound

Spot prawns from Puget Sound

With a dire forecast of showers and choppy wind waves the previous evening, I wasn’t exactly thrilled about embarking on my first shrimping trip on Puget Sound yesterday. But, being a shrimp lover and not having shrimped before, I really wanted to try harvesting these tasty crustaceans from the deep. I was relying on meclizine to keep motion sickness away but I didn’t need it after all. The Sound was unexpectedly calm and peaceful in the morning and the sun came out to welcome a productive harvest.

Shrimping in Puget Sound is only open for a few days every year and highly regulated. After baiting the shrimp pots with a pasty concoction of cat food, fish parts, and pellets, we dropped them into the deep green sea. The weighted pots dove to about 300 feet to the bottom and we waited for our spiny friends to check them out. Less than an hour later, it was time to see if we could harvest our dinner within sight of the shoreline.

As the rope was slowly retrieved with the help of a pot puller, I gazed down hoping to see the first traces of the pot as it came to the surface. As the first pot came into sight, I could make out spot prawns swimming inside the pot. A haul of 60+ prawns from the first pot! And more soon followed. We had limits of prawns for everyone on the boat within a few hours.

Even without having to manually pull the pots (impossible unless you lift weights), shrimping is hard work: baiting and dropping pots, finding and hauling them up, sorting the catch, cleaning the boat. Later that evening, after enjoying a feast of fresh shrimp cocktail and peppered shrimp with garlic sauce, the effort was clearly well worth it. Yet another reason to be grateful to live on Puget Sound!

 

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Dim Sum Guide: Shrimp Rice Noodle

 Posted by on March 26, 2012 at 6:06 am  Food & Cooking  No Responses »
Mar 262012
 
Shrimp Noodle
Shrimp rice noodle rolls

Shrimp rice noodle rolls

Love shrimp? How about rice noodles? Well, you will absolutely enjoy the classic dim sum dish shrimp rice noodle (har cheung fun). If I had to pick one dim sum dish as the standard by which to compare dim sum restaurants, this would be it! If a restaurant can prepare shrimp noodles just right, they can pretty much slam dunk all the other dim sum dishes.This is one of my all time favorites and can even win over finicky kid palates.

This is a relative simple dish–steamed shrimp wrapped in wide rice noodles drenched with sweetened soy sauce–but very difficult to get the texture and the sweetness of the sauce exactly right. The shrimp should be large and firm to the bite and should not have any aftertaste.

Shrimp rice noodle with sweetened soy sauce

Shrimp rice noodle with sweetened soy sauce

Make sure the dish is not sitting in the dim sum cart already smothered in sauce. This would make the noodle a little too mushy. The sauce should be applied right when you order it. Once in a while, I’ll find that the shrimp has a slightly off-taste suggesting they used less than fresh shrimp.

Shrimp noodle, like any dish made with rice noodles, is not suitable for refrigeration as the noodles lose their soft succulent texture very quickly. Devour them as soon as they are served!

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Dim Sum Guide: Steamed Shrimp Dumplings

 Posted by on March 14, 2012 at 7:05 am  Food & Cooking  No Responses »
Mar 142012
 

Steamed shrimp dumplings

Steamed shrimp dumplings


A staple of many Sunday mornings, steamed shrimp dumplings (har gow) are a classic dim sum dish consisting of a mixture of shrimp, bamboo shoots, and pork stuffed inside a shiny, dimpled tapioca wrapper. The shrimp flavor fuses well with the crunchy bamboo shoots. The wrapper should be smooth and firm enough to hold the filling without breaking until the dumpling reaches your mouth. When made correctly, the wrapper is thin and translucent allowing a peek at the shrimp inside. Because it takes considerable skill to prepare and cook this dish, many dim sum aficionados will judge a restaurant based on this dish.

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