Last month in the midst of spot prawn season in Vancouver, I enjoyed the creativity of different chefs and how they used spot prawn in their cooking. In my humble opinion simple tastes best and Hapa blew me away with how simple and delicious their spot prawn sashimi dish was. I have always enjoyed amaebi (sweet shrimp) sashimi and was pleased to discover how juicy and sweet the spotted prawns were.
The next day, inspired by the dish, I went to the fishing boats at Granville Island and bought 1 lb of freshly caught spot prawns and brought it home for a feast with some friends from out of town.
We didn’t have all the fixings that came along with the Hapa dish (lemon, radish slices, dill) but we did have the main ingredient: fresh spot prawns. We were all smiles after our feast.
Anytime you have a chance to get fresh spotted prawns or even the side striped prawns, try eating it sashimi style – you won’t regret it.
Preparation Time: 5 min (cleaning, peeling)
Meal type: Appetizer
- 1 lb Fresh spotted prawns
- Slices of radish
- Slices of lemon
- Sprigs of dill
- Soy sauce and wasabi
1. Wash prawns
2. Peel prawns
3. Serve with lemon, dill, radish
4. For the brave, the head is definitely edible. Many people like to pan fry or deep fry the head before eating.
5. Dip with soy sauce and wasabi.
I thoroughly enjoyed how delicious and fresh this dish was. Thanks to Hapa Izakaya for the inspiration.