Shrimping.

Like fishing, but for shrimp. Although we only averaged about two shrimp a person on this occasion, it was still much (much) more successful than last time – when we averaged .25 shrimp a person. Yes, last time, our group of four caught one shrimp after an hour of trying. Shrimping is actually pretty difficult and requires skills. Skills that I don’t possess.  Sitting around what is basically a really big bathtub of dirty water to catch just a few shrimp may seem like an inefficient use of time, but it’s the anticipation of whether or not the little bites will yield a catch that is most exciting. And then you can immediately clean and cook the shrimp by hand. There are few places to immediately eat your catch of the day, even if it is just a few, or one, shrimp. To someone from Seattle, the novelty of the whole thing is entertaining enough, even if you don’t catch a thing.

After an hour of exerting a valiant effort, I thoroughly enjoyed the post-shrimping meal with family and delicious food. Family and food always make the night.

Each pole is rented by the hour, and like fishing, a hook with bait is used. A community of shrimping venues can be found a few miles outside the heart of Taipei, and reached by a short bus ride from the Shilin MRT station.

So they can’t crawl after you catch them :(

They. Are the bait.

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2 thoughts on “Shrimping.

  1. Wow, I never realised it was so difficult to get shrimp. It’s like the time I discovered that brussel sprouts take an almost infinite about of time to grow.

    One of my favourite childhood memories is digging for pipi’s at the beach in Australia, then barbecuing them. Thanks for reminding me of that :)

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