Shrimping

The new adventure for today was indoor shrimp fishing, or rather, just shrimping. I remember going when I was much younger on vacation in Taiwan, and I’ve wanted to go since I’ve been back in 2008.

We drove to a road down by the National Palace Museum full of indoor shrimp farms where you can get a rod and bait for $300NT($10USD)/1 hr, $500NT($16USD)/2 hr, $700NT($22USD)/3hr.

The bait consists of chicken liver (gross) or smaller processed shrimps (cannibals!!).

Then you set up a spot next to their indoor pools and wait for the shrimp to bite.

We paid for one rod for two hours because we had no idea what we’re doing. After one hour of lots of waiting and nothing happening, I finally caught one! It was a freakin’ huge one, and it fought hard. But here’s a picture of Michael with it since I was a bit freaked about touching it (and it kinda had pinchers too).

After two hours, that was the only shrimp that we caught. They provide nets that you hook to the side to keep the shrimp as you catch them. Some guy walked by as he was leaving and gave us his two shrimps that he caught. So with our one shrimp and the guy’s two sympathy shrimps, we had a grand total of three. Located in the front of the shrimp farm was an area with sinks, skewers, and ovens… so we washed our shrimps, skewered them, covered them in salt, and cooked them (and you have to do all this they were still alive, unfortunately, but you gotta do what you gotta do.) You only see two because one of the sympathy shrimps looked really dead, and we didn’t want to risk food poisoning so we only cooked the fresh ones.

Although the skewering and cooking part was a bit cruel and sadistic, the shrimp did turn out to be pretty tasty, especially considering those babies you’re looking at are worth $250NT ($7.86USD) each. (The better you are and the more you catch, of course the lower in value they become, but that goes without saying.)

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