July 8, 2005

Lychee, the Shrimp of Fruits

POST #    1776

I think for anything people do, there is a certain effort/reward calculation. Is the effort worth the reward? I think this calculation also applies to eating. One thing I have to put in a lot of effort for is fresh shrimp. Now, I'm not talking about the stuff you get at Red Lobster with the shells off and only that little tail part left, but the kind you get in Chinatown - head, shell, swimmerets.

Shrimp meat is very tasty, but it's such a huge pain to get to. You have to rip off the head, the swimmerets, the shell. Such an ordeal. Even though I've virtually perfected a speedy and ill-mannered way of eating them. Take the head off, bite off the swimmerets and spit onto plate, and then tear off the shell with my teeth. See, very painful process that is so much effort that it's not really worth it. The effort to meat ratio is all imbalanced.

I feel like the lychee is the fruit equivalent to shrimp. The shell is hard to open and somewhat prickly. Once you do crack the shell, you're left with a tasty bit of fruit with a pit so big that you wonder why you did all that work. Just like the shrimp, the effort to meat is all out of whack.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink at 10:37 AM



It is sad to say that one of the biggest things that I will miss down here is the already de-veined, shell split shrimp that you buy at the grocery stores. This could be one of the best implemented ideas brought to the food industry.

Posted by: shannan at July 8, 2005 11:33 AM

Why not eat shrimp with head and shell on? Tastes the same just crunchy.

Posted by: joe at July 8, 2005 1:42 PM

Dude, lychee's rock. And seriously though, I think 99% of us could do with less caloric efficiency in our foods.

Posted by: FlatGreg at July 8, 2005 2:50 PM

Sake with lychee juice is yummy. (It's a favorite cocktail at Snacky's in Williamsburg.)

Posted by: Ragna at July 8, 2005 3:20 PM

There are lychee out there with small pits. Unfortunately they're mostly in Asia.

Posted by: Ben at July 11, 2005 3:44 PM

haha, i don't mean to attack the analogy, but shrimp is really no bother.
now, crabs, at least of the non dungeness variety, are lots of effort, very little reward.

Posted by: spae [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 12, 2005 7:56 AM

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