Except… they’re not considered to be so I will exploit a loophole. Sandy is open to allowing us seafood, while we abstain from meat during Lent. As we get closer to the end, I am beginning to miss meat. Sandy has told me that I would prefer cheeseburgers over jelly beans in my Easter basket. I have been trying different Trader Joe seafood products. On Monday, I felt too strongly the urge to leave the store without something that once had a face. Shrimp has been my favourite ocean animal, so when I saw this Coconut Shrimp with its delicious looking batter, it was a simple decision.
It’s okay, but not great. The coconut-battered shrimp we’ve tried before has always been made with shaved and breadcrumbs. The coconut milk in the Trader Joe’s taste like it was used as a batter base or that the shrimpy guys were saturated with it before they crumb it up. The result is an interesting mixture of textures, including the richness and fleshiness of the shrimp, as well as the creaminess and crispiness of its batter. It’s certainly strange, especially the first time you try it. Sandy seemed a bit irritated by it, while I enjoyed it. It is very satisfying. I’ve come to really enjoy things like rice prepared with coconut milk (coincidentally our side dish last night, with the mango-from-the-picture’s cousin chopped up and mixed in) as it adds this creamy, slightly sweet, kinda ethereal dimension of flavor. Although the combination of the coconut and shrimp was …. good, I began to wonder if the entire thing was the best. The shrimp was decent, but not exceptional. Each shrimp was approximately a bite-and a half in size, very fresh tasting and clean tasting. They were not as salty/mushy/gritty as I have experienced with other brands from other stores. Sandy claimed that hers tasted fishy. Although I didn’t notice it for any of mys, the fact that she allowed me to finish her entire allotment showed me that she wasn’t a big fan. I was hungry for any kind of meat and ate them all. Yuck.
We could give these a try once again to see how they taste. Sandy could manage a 2 for them, despite the fishy texture and odd flavor. These pantheon-bound cookies are not rated higher so I will give them a slightly higher grade. They are a bit lower because of the milky/creamy texture. It also caused the batter to not stick to shrimp well, which resulted in some half-naked shrimp and additional scrubbing on the baking sheet. Although I liked the product, it wasn’t enough to leave a lasting impression to recommend them highly. The rice side dish was more enjoyable than the shrimp ration. And if you’re curious, how many rice we have eaten in recent times… It sounds like it would get a 3.5 rating from me. But, I can totally understand if we gave these a low rating.
Bottom line: 5.5 of 10 Golden Spoons
*I think some (not all) of my vegetarian friends ascribe to the theory that it is okay to only eat animals that cannot be considered cute and/or cuddly. People have described cows, chickens and pigs as such. But I have never heard anyone say that they would like to curl up with a crab, lobster, or fish. Maybe that’s why we should be okay with eating meat that swims. Whatever works.