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Japanese - Italian shrimp (canoce) question

hiro | May 23, 200209:07 PM

Having just returned from a seafood-fest trip to Italy (Venice Rome and Positano), I am wondering about canoce (I don't think there's an English translation). These are remarkably ugly shrimp that look like a segment of the monster in that scene in Alien (yes the original Alien you remember the scene). But as David Steingarten reports in an old column of his, they are certainly sweeter than any other kind of shrimp I've had in the US. He says that this variety is only available in the Adriatic and in Japan. Has anyone else had this shrimp in Japan? Those traveling with me (who were japanese) had not seen or tasted anything like canoce. In Venice, they are regularly served in tomato sauce (which renders the sauce amazingly sweet), or simply steamed with lemon.

And another thing -- why are they so ugly? How do you eat the bulbous part that looks like the monster's head but is i suspect the other end?

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