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Hi all. I am up in Isaan and we have fresh prawns available at the markets but usually tasteless. No doubt farm prawns. Usually have your standard looking prawn (Bannana prawn?) in a few sizes and a larger different looking prawn, bluish in colour usually with nippers. Anyone know about these blue prawns? Are the river prawns or farm prawns too. My son had some when he was here and he was raving about them. I seem to remember buying them once and they were also tasteless and looked really big but after taking the shell and the head off the meat left was small.

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The prawns are probably tasteless because they're not particularly fresh.  There's no prawn farming in Isaan AFAIK, so the prawns will have been imported from central Thailand.

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18 minutes ago, Oxx said:

There's no prawn farming in Isaan AFAIK

Live freshwater prawns everywhere with an unforeseeable content of mercury, antibiotics whatever. One of the (step) grand children is allergic.

There is a restaurant chain all over that has live prawns.

 

2 hours ago, worgeordie said:

Seawater prawns

Easy to find by price.

Last purchase was at the fish market in Naklua (Pattaya).

If I remember right it was 800 Baht/kilo(!).

 

I would even prefer frozen stuff at Makro where it is usually clearly labeled.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Oxx said:

The prawns are probably tasteless because they're not particularly fresh.  There's no prawn farming in Isaan AFAIK, so the prawns will have been imported from central Thailand.

There are prawn farms here, not a lot but they are around and yes some people keep them in live tanks, but they are still farm prawns and tasteless. The only good thing about these is maybe it gives the prawns a chance to clean their guts out in the clean water. The ones we get at the markets are definitely fresh. Some people sell them cheaper, I'm guessing the ones that sat out all day yesterday. I think they actually put them in some sort of bleach solution. They are always a whitish colour, eyes opaque. 

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1 hour ago, KhunBENQ said:

Live freshwater prawns everywhere with an unforeseeable content of mercury, antibiotics whatever. One of the (step) grand children is allergic.

There is a restaurant chain all over that has live prawns.

 

Easy to find by price.

Last purchase was at the fish market in Naklua (Pattaya).

If I remember right it was 800 Baht/kilo(!).

 

I would even prefer frozen stuff at Makro where it is usually clearly labeled.

 

 

You would have a better chance of getting ocean prawns in Pattaya or Phuket or any seaside area. I believe they have a lot of boats come in Rayong. 

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we got a restaurant not far away that keeps the prawns in tanks out front and you buy by the kilo...farmed fresh water prawns and tasteless if cooked and served by themselves, fortunately they also have a good kitchen and can prepare the fresh prawns anyway you like, BBQ, tom yum, etc, they also have whole catfish and red fish in tanks that they can cook anyway ye like, usually get the red fish steamed whole in a wok with veg and spices...we go there about once per month for a tasty meal...

 

cute teenaged waitresses with tasty buns in tight jeans, 'tutsi! the food is up here on the table...'

 

 

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I'm of the opinion that seafood here is less tasty than that back in the UK. I've put it down to the fact that sea water here is less salty than that surrounding Britain. I'm sure someone out there will disagree with me.

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A few fresh prawn farms around Chiang Rai. The one I go to has a restaurant, 500 baht/kilo for large ones, 300 baht/kilo for small. I usually have garlic prawns, which takes care of any taste issues.

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7 minutes ago, Lacessit said:

A few fresh prawn farms around Chiang Rai. The one I go to has a restaurant, 500 baht/kilo for large ones, 300 baht/kilo for small. I usually have garlic prawns, which takes care of any taste issues.

Quite right. Garlic butter is the Chefs haven from tasteless seafood.

 

That being said, the smaller the "prawn" the better the flavour. Just like a tiny crawdad even from a muddy tastes better than blue pincer from a clean tank

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3 minutes ago, seajae said:

thai prawns have no taste(especially the white as well as the blue fresh water ones) because they clean/keep/cook then in fresh water(no salt)even ocean prawns, which is why they use spicy sauces to flavour them.

Yeah but you can tell a good shrimp/prawn even with a spicy sauce. I have been going to this seafood place in Samut Prakan where they pull em off the dock, ice them and cook them. Killer. The fresher the better.

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47 minutes ago, seajae said:

 thai prawns have no taste(especially the white as well as the blue fresh water ones) because they clean/keep/cook then in fresh water(no salt)even ocean prawns, which is why they use spicy sauces to flavour them. We buy fresh ocean prawns(usually tigers or banana prawns@ around 250 to 300 baht a kg) and I cook them at home in my home made salt water then cool them off in a salt water brine(ice, salt & water), they taste very similar to fresh cooked prawns in Australia, just a dipping sauce(tomato sauce, salad cream, sweet chilli sauce and lemon juice, you can add cream to taste if you want it), brilliant. 

I cook mine in salt water but never thought of cooling them off in brine. Next time.😋

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