I'm reading a "Best shrimp recipes" book and although it states the obvious (that unless you live 15 minutes from the sea, no thawed shrimp you get will ever be as fresh as those that have never been thawed, since they're flash frozen right on the boat) it does say that "the freshest alternative you will find is live shrimp kept in salt water at Chinese markets."
Not that I'd know what the heck to do with a live anything, but that sure sounds tasty. Anyone ever seen a live shrimp in Montreal?
And just for curiosity's sake, how would you dispatch the poor critter? Could you ask the fish guy to do it for you? I wouldn't want a bunch of live shrimp crawling around in a plastic bag in the car on the way home. I'd probably name them, put some salt in some cold water and go look for some krill to feed them.
Thanks in advance!