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Old 05-29-2008, 04:37 PM
 
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Okay, so I'm going to have to claim ignorance here.

There are lovely-looking shrimp on a couple of chinese buffets I've been to, and they are still in the shell. However, they are seasoned, and sometimes have a bit of batter (or something) on them. Served warm.

Do I shell them, at which point I lose all the seasoning/batter, and get my hands all greasy -- or do I just pop them into my mouth whole, and eat the shell?

I'm not used to eating the shell, but maybe some folks do.

As a big shrimp fan, I hope there are some folks out there who know how I should eat this dish.

And yes, I understand that, even if one should eat them in the shell, I could still peel them, but it just seems so wrong to make them so messy if one is going to have to peel them.
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Old 05-29-2008, 04:42 PM
 
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I have never heard of eating the shell, I always peel them. I've never seen shrimp in a batter WITH the shell on, I have seen them with the tails on but thats it.
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Old 05-29-2008, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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The Chinese do it both ways--they'll peel and eat the shrimp, or just chew the whole thing and eat it. When I was younger, I did the former, and as I've grown up, I've done the latter.
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Old 05-29-2008, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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HurricaneDavid--what buffet did you go to and did you like it?
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Old 05-29-2008, 06:17 PM
 
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Do you do shrimp boils ever? That's how I have grown up eating shrimp--boiled with Old Bay seasoning (in shell) and then peel and eat! I have seen people eat the shells, but ewwwwwwwww. Not for me.
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Old 05-29-2008, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Eat shells? Ouch my teeth! And not tasty!
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Old 05-29-2008, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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When it's breaded and fried just right, the shell is pretty crispy and you can just eat the whole thing, sorta like soft-shelled crabs. Best is to just try eating one and if you are gagging on the shell just peel it and eat the flesh.
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Old 05-29-2008, 08:14 PM
 
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HurricaneDavid--what buffet did you go to and did you like it?
One of them is Mr. Wok, just Southeast of intersection of 54 & 55 (in south Durham). It's weak on quality, but variety is nice. International: chinese, thai, indian, sushi, mexican. But the Mongolian grill is good though.

I eat there a lot because it is convenient. Kinda feels like home now. so I guess I'm biased.
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Old 05-29-2008, 08:16 PM
 
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The Chinese do it both ways--they'll peel and eat the shrimp, or just chew the whole thing and eat it. When I was younger, I did the former, and as I've grown up, I've done the latter.
That was my hunch. The texture of the shell, though softer than you would think, got in the way of the tenderness of the shrimp for me.
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