A Weird Thing to Do in Taiwan – Shrimping

Sometimes in Taiwan I’m left wondering what people do on a Friday night. In other countries the answer is party, go to a bar, or go to the movies. But here? In the small town I live in, there are no bars, the movie theater is closed on Friday night, and I’ve not heard or seen much partying.

So what is there to on a Friday night in small town Taiwan?

One answer is shrimping.

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It’s exactly what it sounds like. Well… sort of anyway, if what it sounds like is going to a place that looks like this.

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Shrimping in Taiwan means going to a restaurant/pool where a bunch of the little guys are swimming around, paying about $150 per person for an hour or two, and tossing a line into the pool. Then you wait.

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Bait for the shrimp is cheap and you can have your pick of chicken livers or dried baby shrimp. (Agh! The cannibals!)

It’s best to go with a bunch of friends if you actually want to eat some shrimp afterward. I didn’t catch a single shrimp, but thankfully my friends had better luck and we wound up with a sizeable net filled with shrimp by the end of the night.

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You can then take the shrimp you’ve caught over to the kitchens, where a guy will clean and salt the (still live) shrimp.

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Before spearing them and chucking them onto a grill.

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When they’re ready, he’ll bring them over to your table and you can enjoy the delicious, salty, pink delicacies. You can buy a couple of beers or colas to wash the yummy guys down with.

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Shrimping is definitely one of the weirdest weekend activities I’ve ever taken part in. it was also one of the most delicious. So if you’re in Taiwan, you should try shrimping for a unique, memorable Friday night!

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