Oh, to be living in British Columbia … home of the BC spot prawn, which for a first time is now being flown to Toronto fresh and is available at two or three fishmongers in the city. We picked up a bag of the critters – each about 5 inches long – at a fishmonger on Gerrard Str East in Chinatown East. Ten cost $16.20 but they are worth the price.
They are unlike shrimps in that:
- they are actually sustainably fished and not farmed, meaning ;
- they are healthier than the poison-riddled, hormone-ripe, toxic shrimps you buy [if you’ve never read an article about farmed shrimp and the utter horror that’s associated with them, do so soon];
- they are far tastier with a fleshly texture reminiscent of lobster and a taste that is almost sugar sweet.
The fishmonger advised we simply toss them into a pan with some wine, olive oil, garlic butter, and shallot for 4 minutes then eat with some pasta. We hummed and hawed about that and thought we should boil them first. In the end, we decided to follow the fishmonger’s advice and sauteed the poor darlings alive in the pan.
Go grab some of these soon because as the weather gets warmer you’ll not see them again for another year. It just becomes too expensive to fly them here as too many die on route.