Sunday, March 25, 2007

Shrimp (Old things, New things)

I have always hated crabs, lobsters and shrimp.

When i was around 3 years old, after eating some crabs and shrimp, my whole body began to itch and swell, enough to send my mom into a panic. Since then, i have developed an aversion to them creatures. Everybody at home would get excited when we would have those for dinner, except me, of course. My dad would always have something set aside for me like chicken or pork. Most of the time i couldn't stand the mere smell of crabs or shrimps being cooked. In fact, i found it amusing that people would have their mouths watering at the smell of boiled crabs.

Galveston is an island and the seawall is lined with restaurants with seafood specialty. My sister once brought home some shrimp and cooked sinigang na hipon. She asked me to try it and knowing that my brother-in-law is ACLS certified (advanced cardiac life support), i did. I was waiting for the rashes to come out and i knew exactly where my Salbutamol puff was, just in case i needed it. But nothing happened. So i put more stuff on my plate. But i did not know how to take them out of their soft shells so i asked my sister to teach me. She taught me how to use my spoon to take off the head, slice off their walking legs and swimmerets and ease the meat out of the exoskeleton. And i'm 28 years old. sheesh.

Anyway, i ended up eating only around 6 shrimps that night. I didn't think it was worth all the effort to get them out of their shells. It was just not an easy task. And i believe i had more energy wasted than gained doing just that.

But now i just love shrimp. Shrimp shrimp shrimp shrimp. juicy juicy shrimp...yum yum yum yum!! i could eat shrimps all day. gimme some shrimps..no, gimme all of 'em shrimps.

now crabs and lobsters...that's another story. haven't tried them yet. and i would rather try them at home than in a restaurant simply because i don't know how to eat them.

17 Comments:

Blogger Alan Tanga said...

ay peborit ko hipon! kahit mahirap balatan. pag may palabok nun, nagagalit sila kasi nawawala ang mga hipon. pinagkukuha ko na pala lahat. panget lasa ng lobster. di ganun ka succulent and juicy gaya ng hipon. hehe. at ang crab, malansa. at mahirap kainin. daming shards ng shell nila. ugh.

10:13 AM  
Blogger atticus said...

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11:44 AM  
Blogger atticus said...

wow. this is so 180 degrees. there was a time - in the blogging world, at least - that my love for crabs was of the same leve1 as your hatred for it.

pero mas masarap pa rin ang crabs sa pinas.

at huwag kang mag-date ng hipon, okay?

11:55 AM  
Blogger tin-tin said...

favorite ko lobster! ang galing naman nawala ang allergies mo. mom ko allergic din sa seafood. kaya dapat yung mga ulam namin walang halong shrimp. pero minsan pag di maiwasan, tpos sasabihin nya nagstastart na allergies nya, sasabihin lang namin na it's all in the mind. hehe

12:19 PM  
Anonymous abi said...

buti ka pa. di na allergic. ini-imagine ko pa lang hipon, crab, aligue, hirap na ko huminga. buti na lang hindi ko favorite food ang pagkaing may "exoskeleton," quoting you.

12:24 PM  
Blogger rudyman said...

nung bata pa ko alerjic din ako tsa hipon, at alimango, pati na atsa manok, at lahat ng galing dagat. nag kaka rashes ako (taena social, 'kagid' pala) sa braso ko. pero la parin, peyborit ko parin alimango with gata with kangkong. tsalap.

7:23 PM  
Anonymous mister gulay said...

so you've outgrown one thing. aba dapat lang magsawa ka sa hipon considering dagat ang harap ng bahay nyo. biset, kelan kaya mapapalitan tong mga gulayan sa bahay namin. sawang sawa na ako sa gulay!!!!!

ayan alam ko na requestko pasalubong mo sa akin. kasya ba ang malaking lobster sa balikbayan box? kahit yun na lang po.

8:56 AM  
Blogger angel directo said...

the trick is... have someone do all the pagbabalat for you :)

pramis, sasarap sila lalo bigla!

9:14 AM  
Blogger pilimon said...

sinasamba ko ang komento ni atticus! onga naman! wag date hipon! ahahahaha!!

gusto ko din sana kumain ng hipon, crab at lovesters. kaso lang pa nakakakain ako.. tumataba ang mukha ko at nagiging kamukha ko si tweety bird. pakshet! pero ang hindi ko matanggihan sa lahat.. ang danggit na pusit! kahit na magmuka pa ko t-rex! LABAN!! :p

7:10 AM  
Anonymous abstabs said...

pssst, wat u do? bat tanggal na allergys mu? ako ba, u saw them -- tingin mu, maalis pa itwo?
hayyy... sige kain lang ng kain ng shrimps...tsalap naman!!!!

12:31 PM  
Blogger rheiboy17 said...

sarap ng hipon, masarap din ang crabs - alam mo kapag lagi kang expose, masasanay ka rin, alam mo ba dati nung bata ako allergic ako sa chicken.... kumain lang ako ng kumain, nagsawa na rin ang pantal sa katawan ko lumabas, pasaway daw ako....

epinephrine na lang ilagay mo sa bulsa mo, kung may intubation set ka, dapat ready na rin habang magsusubok ka ng mga bagong putahe. hehe

4:24 PM  
Anonymous snglguy said...

Today shrimps, tomorrow.... CRABS! Bwahahahaha! Sarap siguro shrimps diyan. Teka, shrimps ba yan o prawns?

9:25 PM  
Anonymous iskoo said...

iba na taga stateside, hindi nakaka allergy ang pagkain or lumalaks ang katawan kaya di kayang tablan ng allergy

2:49 PM  
Blogger atticus said...

walking legs...swimmerets...exoskeleton.
grabe. so scientific talaga. watdat exoskeleton, ha, watdat?

3:08 PM  
Blogger Brennan Mercado said...

duke, improving na ang drawing mo ah. :)

3:34 PM  
Blogger duke said...

alan tanga.pinakaayaw ko yung hipon sa palabok o hipon sa pansit. gusto ko hipon lang. solo.

atticus. 180 pa din. mas masarap nga daw ang mga seafud naten.

tin-tin. sabihin mo paonte onte lang kain. para madesensitize.

abi. allergic ka den? di ko alam yun ah.

rudyman. nuxxx. rashes. hahaah. galis ang tawag dyan.

mister gulay. hehehe. kilala ba kita? ang gulay daw masustansya sabi ng mga magulang. syempre sa titser at sa magulang mo lang naririnig yun.

angel directo. hala, sinong pinagbabalat mo ng shrimps mo ha? boypren mo ano? ashushu.

pilimon. nabohay ka! hehehhehe. uy dahan dahan lang sa kain. baka mabilaukan ka oi. dedoks na trex ang labas mo nyan. hehe.

abstabs. post inflammatory hyperpigmentation yan. mahirap matanggal yan. sabi ng iba months daw.

rheiboy17. balak ko nga bumili ng epi pen eh. baket nga kaya may mga allergic sa chicken. pag allergic ka ba sa chicken e allergic ka din sa itlog? kse dun galing ang chicken eh.

snglguy. alam mo bang hindi ko alam ang diperensya nila? hehehe. pareho lang silang shrimp saken.

iskoo. i spoke to soon. i'm back on my nasal steroids now. balik na allergies ko. grabe ang pollen. hachooo! pero sana wala na akong allergies sa shrimp talaga.

atticus ulet. basta yun na yun.

brennan_mercado. pinansin mo pa talaga eh. ginugel ko picture nyan tapos kopya ko sa paint. wag mo na pansinin!!!

12:25 PM  
Blogger kero said...

wow duke! i'm proud of you! one of my worst fears is developing an allergy from seafoods. magpapakamatay na lang ako!

psst! nagshift ka na ba sa bagong blogspot? paano ba yon?

2:56 PM  

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